- Making a picture
- Preparatory work
- The pegboards
- Ironing paper
- Adhesive sheets
- Final adjustment
- Lying beads
1 Making a picture
There are many ways to make a painting.
can place a transparent pegboard on top of a picture and fill in the beads by
color. Sometimes the best result will be with with a round pegboard, sometimes it will be better
with a squareshaped one. If you use squareshaped pegboards, you can use conectable. Then you can make
Another way is to use a paint program and pixels image to
get a pattern you can use.
A third way, which also makes it easy to get nice
pictures, is to use PhotoPearls program.
I have used it to make many of the pictures
When you want to make a PhotoPearls picture, you can determine the size
yourself. Small motifs can be Christmas decorations, Easter decorations, window
decorations, and much more.
If you want a design to fit exactly in a
frame, you jst have to measure the frame and then generate a pattern that fits
If you know where to hang your picture, you can choose the background to suit
that particulary place.
Even if you use
Photo Pearls, there is nothing that says that you can not use other colors. If you
look at my Santa Claus pictures, you see that I used the dark blue pearls when I
want a darker blue background.
3 Preparatory work
Maybe you want to make some changes to your photo or picture before you generate
a pattern. In that case you can use your ordinary photo program. You can crop
the image, change the background and enhance the colors or make other
Perhaps the picture will be
more beautiful with more clouds, maybe you need to erase any disturbing detail or
do anything to improve the design.
If you want to
make a round or heart-shaped image, it may be easiest to make the pattern, make
the frame and then determine the color of the background
Do you have an oval
frame, you measure the height and width, generating patterns, put the frame on to the
pattern and draw the outline. Then plce the pegboard as usual on your
pattern, but add only pearls inside the line. Description
5 The pegboards
The pegboards for PhotoPearls are easy to assemble and just as easy to
disassemble. More than one
person can make a picture.
It is easy to see a part of the picture and then
continue the work.
You can pile up the pin plates while you wait for
everybody to finish their part.
In order not to get ugly
gaps, it is important that you have enough pegboards, so you can put together
all before you glue the back on to the beads.
6 Ironing paper
In the starter kit there are two ironing paper.
You can use them when you
make small motifs, which ones you want to iron together.
7 Adhesive sheets
Larger motifs can't be ironed together.
Then you can use the adhesive sheets.
It is difficult to get a flat picture when the motif is large. Then it is better to use
adhesive sheets. They are double-sided. Subtract the protection paper on one side and
put the sheet on the subject and press so that the beads stuck properly. Then,
one can draw the second protection sheet and fit the design.
If you cut
the adhesive sheets, so that each part fits to a pegboard, it will be easier to glue.
This method is the easiest way to get a good result.
show how to do when the picture is larger than the adhesive sheet.
show how to do when you cut
the adhesive sheets.
8 Final adjustment
When you are ready with your motif, you can put the pegboards together, take
two steps backwards and take a good look at your art.
Then maybe you will
notice, the picture will be better if you change a bead here and one bead
You are the artist. The program are there to help you making the
When you are satisfied with the adjustments, it is time to glue.
9 Lying beads
Put same glue, ment for wood or plastic - appropriate for a few lines
- on a cardboard disc and place beads sometimes horizontally, sometimes
Even if you do not do the entire picture with lying beads,
you can get nice effects with some beads placed lying.
some pictures that I made in this way.
Details of lying beads.
The program does not know that a surface is to be sky, water or
whatever it should be imagined.
Therefore, the program sometimes sugest less
appropriate colors. You're the artist, so you have to make the improvements
Do you have a bright sky, you get a proposal to use the light
yellow beads. If you change them to light blue, then it is usually better.
To a middleblue sky, the program maybe sugests that you use the gray beads. Try to replace
them with light blue, pastel blue or pearl blue. Then you may be satisfied with
In the case of a deep blue sky or dark blue water, you can get the sugestion to
use the dark purple beads.
If you use dark blue instead the picture will look more
There are many ways to put your own stile on a picture even if
you are using the PhotoPearl program.
This is your picture, your art and you
determine how it should look like. Then you can also choose the colors you
Since PhotoPearl includes rose (PP18), old rose (PP25), light red (PP19) and Wine-red (PP4)
I often some to red. Would you like to have more shades (nuances) in the series,
there is also pink.
I often hear
about the economy, that the beads do not cost much, but the frames and backboards are
But you can a nice pictures, then you can mount it
New picture frames cost a lot, should you special order size also, it makes
I have made about 300 PhotoPearls pictures.
In the beginning, I
bought new picture frames, but in recent years I have begun to buy frames at
flea market. Then I have many to choose from, when I do a new picture. If I want
my image not to fill up the whole frame, I can glue it on white or colored
cardboard disc. An inexpensive way to get a colored paperboard is to dress a
cardboard disc with wallpaper. Heavy cardboard, I get to take care of of the
cartons, which goods are supplied in.