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Robin Atkins, bead artist


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The following sections are included on this page:

Bead Journal Project
Painting decorative papers
Book of Plenty


beadwork by Robin Atkins, bead artist


Bead Journal Project

What is the Bead Journal Project?

  • An invitation to make a 1-year beading commitment.
  • Visually journal with bead embroidery (and other types of beading).
  • Started 2007. Current year, 2014
  • Create twelve beaded journal pieces, one per month for a year.
  • Share your work (optional) on your website or blog, and/or on the BJP Facebook page.


Details

  • Your journal pieces can be any size, but should be consistent from month to month.
  • Your journal pieces can be beaded solidly or not, as you wish.
  • Your beadwork can be any style, from representational to abstract. They can include any beading techniques.
  • The idea for this project, from the Quilt Journal Project is to journal visually, telling the story of your life during the month of each piece, showing your thoughts, feelings and/or activities visually with beads.
  • You may want to identify one or more personal goals for your participation in this project (such as: to develop an artistic "style," to experiment with techniques, or simply to "journal" about your feelings and experiences with beads).
  • You have total freedom to define "journal page" any way you want: flat or 3-dimensional, pages in a book or not pages at all, only beads or combined with quilting, collage, writing, etc.
  • The official start date each year is January 1. If that doesn't work for you, start whenever you wish, continuing for a year or until the start of the next BJP year.

improvisational bead embroidery, detail, by Robin Atkins, bead artist
"Home" my BJP piece for Oct. 2012


Joining the Bead Journal Project


Registration for the BJP is open all year around to anybody willing to make a commitment to follow the guidelines stated on the left. To sign up, go to the BJP on Facebook and ask to become a member.

Currently (January 2014) there are 195 participating members, who come together via Facebook from all over the world to share their BJP pieces, questions, ideas, inspirations, and more. I am very pleased and honored to be a member of this exciting group!



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beadwork by Robin Atkins, bead artist


Painting decorative papers with layers of acrylic paints

Recipe for fun:

  • 3 or 4 tubes or jars of acrylic paint ~ luscious colors you adore.
  • small foam paint roller.
  • a few foam or rubber stamps.
  • cardboard or plastic stencils.
  • big sheets of drawing paper.


To the right are some examples of papers I've painted. How can they be used? Sky's the limit:

  • Use them for bookmaking, and as cover papers for small journals and booklets.
  • Make cards, postcards, and fancy envelopes.
  • Wrap special gifts with them.
  • Sew beads on them.
  • Cover boxes.
  • Frame them.
  • Add them to your collage art.
  • Line your drawers with them.
Sometimes you make a sheet of decorative paper so fabulous that you can't bring yourself to use it... You just like to have it around where you can look at it.

Painted decorative paper, Hot Pink Texture Leaves, by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Layers of acrylic paint over gesso texture.


Painted decorative paper, Yellow and Gold Spirals, by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Layers of acrylic paint, stamped, stenciled.


Painted decorative paper, Circles and Lines, by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Layers of acrylic paint, textured.

Painted decorative paper, Raised Fern Pattern, by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Layers of acrylic paint over stenciled gesso.

 

Painted decorative paper, Crystal Paper, by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Acrylic paints and inks, crystalized.

Painted decorative paper, Taupe Deli Paper, by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Layers of acrylic paint on semi-transparent deli paper.

 

Painted decorative paper, Dot Patterns, by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Layers of acrylic paint, stamped, stenciled.

Painted decorative paper, Blue Spirals, by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Layers of acrylic paint, stamped, stenciled.

 

Painted decorative paper, Hearts and Spirals, by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Layers of acrylic paint, stamped, stenciled.

Painted decorative paper, Raised Spirals, by Robin Atkins, bead artist
Layers of acrylic paint over stamped gesso.



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beadwork by Robin Atkins, bead artist


The Book of Plenty
Hand made book using painted decorative papers

Below are some pictures of two books I made using some of the papers shown above. You can enjoy the colors and details much better in the enlarged versions by clicking below each picture.

 

Book of Plenty with decorative papers by Robin Atkins, bead artist
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The Book of Plenty
Handmade book, painted papers
8" H x 5.5" W x 1.75" D

Mini Prayer Book with decorative papers by Robin Atkins, bead artist
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Mini Prayer Book
Handmade book, painted papers
2.4" H x 2" W x .5" D

 

Book of Plenty and Mini Prayer Book with decorative papers by Robin Atkins, bead artist
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Mini Prayer Book
and The Book of Plenty

Book of Plenty and Mini Prayer Book with decorative papers by Robin Atkins, bead artist
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Mini Prayer Book
and The Book of Plenty

 

For the past few years, I've been attending events like ArtFest and Art & Soul, taking painting and bookmaking classes from Albie Smith, Anne Bagby, and Lynne Perrella - some of the best teachers in the country! So far I haven't gotten into scenic or fine art painting, but decorative papers are another story. It's all about play, messing around experimenting with paints, and having fun.


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