Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Getting beady

Hi Everybody!

Hope you had a good day. I went to the museum again, as it
was a wet and windy day, and I wanted to see
the Otto Dix exhibition again - and
it is well worth looking at!

In the past few days I have been making beads from
paper and cloth, so I have some decorations
to hang onto journals and /or tags. I mostly used ribbon, rolled over a knitting needle and fixed with wire. Then I dipped the beads into various Frantage EPs and embossed them. The heat melded the layers of ribbon
together and gave a lovely effect. They are between 2 and 3 1/2". I added beads and bits and bobs of old costume jewelry:

This was a fun project. I am linking to altered eclectics, anything goes and allsorts challenge, anything goes.
The Otto Dix exhibition is called 'Der Böse Blick' - 
The Evil Eye.
Otto Dix was one of the artists befriended by Mother Ey. His style is 
known as the 'new Objectivity'.

Here are a few of his paintings:
Max John:

Otto Dix and Kurt Günther:

Dr Paul Ferdinand Schmitt:

Martha Dix

Nelly, his daughter:

Mother Ey:

Adolf Uzarski:


Anita Berber:

And the little street named after Mother Ey is
just a few yards from the K20 museum:

I will show the rest another day!

Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a  lot for coming by!


  1. A you clever thing making all the amazing beads. Would never have thought of using ribbon and it makes such beautiful textures.

    Unusual portraits you have showed us. Must be great to be able to show character in this way. Must say I have never tried portrait painting.

    Have a nice evening

    Love Chrissie xx

  2. Love those beads, they would make wonderful earrings or necklaces, too. Thanks for sharing the Otto Dix pictures, I love his work, too. Have a nice evening, put our feet up! Hugs, Sarah

  3. Impressive beads.. so tiny -
    impressive art and a very interesting woman this Mother Ey!

    oxo Susi

  4. Your beads are so beautiful! Thanks for showing the DIX exhibit.

  5. Gosh, the beads you have been making all look gorgeous, they will be lovely for many of your wonderful projects.
    Super photos from the gallery, that artist as a really unique style to his work.
    Yvonne xx

  6. Oh your beads are gorgeous, I love them! The exhibit looks like it was fun...

  7. Oh Valerie - you have brought back a memory - I used to make beads in this way with my Mum! we used quite thick glue in those days and would roll the beads in all sorts of things, - coloured sand, beads from old necklaces, bits of thread! It would end up in quite a sticky mess sometimes and nothing as beautiful as these of course! The visit to the museum was great - though Dr Schmitt looks a bit scary! Hugs, Chrisx

  8. Lovely work. Welcome to the More Mixed Media design team.

  9. Fabulous beads here and great display.xx{aNNie}

  10. I'm playing catch-up again. Those beads look fabulous - I feel an idea forming!! I love it when you give some arty history, so interesting. And I love your spring flowers tag. I am looking forward to seeing all those pink and white buds. When I was in England it was the flowering cherry blossom, but here around my village in Germany it is apple blossom that I love the most. I think we have your wet and windy weather today, so it looks like house**k today, instead of a walk searching for snowdrops. Happy Wednesday.

  11. We are on a similar wavelength, because I also made a few beads, although mine were fabric, not ribbon. Yours are simply incredible.

    The museum photos of Otto Dix's paintings are fantastic. Such a wide range of portraits, too. So glad you shared these with us, as well as the Mother Ey street, too.

  12. Such beautiful beads in some lovely colours, many thanks for joining in at Allsorts.

    B x

  13. COOL beads. I think that looks like fun a project. And I am loving the Otto Dix portraits. They are wonderful. I would go back twice also. Sounds like you are having lots of fun lately! :) Hugs-Erika

    1. Hmm, I think I might just go back again this week!

  14. The beads look fabulous Valerie, haven't done this before, but it sounds like fun and I'll give it a try (it might make a dent in the ribbon box that's overflowing)
    Looks a very interesting exhibition he has a very unique style.
    Avril xx

  15. Gorgeous beads Valerie, very creative! The art exhibition is interesting for sure, I love the piece with the lady in the orange hat. Take care, Shirleyxx

  16. Several of those paintings are downright chilling.
    Love those beads, they will make whatever you use them on pop.
    Have a colorful day.

  17. Good morning! I am late in commenting this week from PPF. I love your beading. Just gorgeous! The museums portraits are so entertaining. my favorite is Miezi.
    Have a good week.

  18. Those beads look good.
    Lovely to see your pictures of the art exhibition and I like the yellow colour outside the building too.

    All the best Jan

  19. Your beads are absolutely gorgeous and the photos you showed fabulous.
    Thoroughly enjoyed looking/reading this post - loved the artwork thanks :)
    Gill xx

  20. Lauter schöne Anhängerchen hast du da kreiert, bin gespannt wo die zum Einsatz kommen.
    Tolle Fotos von der Dix-Ausstellung, aber nicht so mein Liebling,hatte aber einen ganz eigenen unverkennbaren Stil.
    Liebe Grüße

  21. Such a stunning tag and interesting journey through these exhibits. Those beads! Hugs, Autumn

  22. I love your beads! You are so creative! Amazing exhibition! Wow!

  23. Your beads are so cool, from paper? Beautiful assortment Valerie!

    OMGosh! I love Otto's paintings- so varied in his styles, His wife, is my favorite, she is so beautiful! But all of the others are so freaky and quirky, you can't help but love them as well! Especially Mieze and Mutter Ey!
    I love going to the museum with you! Thanks for bring me along!
    huge hugs

  24. Valerie your beads are fantastic!!!! I have to hang on to this post for sure.
    Sandy xx


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