When it was 75% done, it didn’t look so bad . . .
But, when I finished “drawing the outlines” of the design with beads, I noticed that the piece looks too silver and I should’ve used green & red beads instead. Unfortunately, I’m on the road right now and can’t find 3mm fire polished beads in those colors.
And so, I decided to paint them . . .
Actually, it was worse . . . I made several huge mistakes . . .
I thought that if I cover the yarns with Mod Podge, I can preserve the quality of the yarns for many years to come . . .
But . . . things didn’t work out the way I expected. And when I realized I made several critical mistakes, I tried to salvage the project using several experimental solutions that actually made things even worse.
Look at this barf-inducing outcome:
But what a disaster . . .
At least, I’ve learned a few valuable lessons from this failed project:
- Unless I really have to . . . I should never paint the beads
- And if I really must paint the beads . . . I should’ve painted them before I embroidered the piece
- Mod Podge turns the colors of the yarns a few shades darker
- I should’ve tested the paint and the Mod Podge on scrap materials first
- And, I should’ve made sure no one would touch the piece before the paint completely dry
I’m not great with “wet mediums” (paints, liquid adhesives, and such) . . . I’m being completely honest and realistic here, but years of practice only help me to be less bad at using them . . . So, from now on, unless I really have to . . . I think it’s wiser for me to avoid using unwashable liquid medium . . .
It’s called using one’s resources (especially one’s time) wisely
I’m in the process of creating a better version of the piece. Please check back in Wednesday to download the free pattern and tutorial :)
In the meantime, have a fantastic weekend!!!