Find a good working space where you can make a bit of a mess. Gather your materials.
Use your pencil to outline shapes and forms onto your cardboard, canvas, or heavyweight paper. Try concentric circles and straight and curved lines.
Paint your shapes and forms in different colors. Try painting designs in some of your shapes, like stripes or dots, to add layers.
Let it completely dry.
Once your artwork is dry, use your needle and thread to stitch beads along and within the shapes and lines you’ve painted to create texture.
Tip: use a needle threader to help string your thread through your needle.
Use your needle and thread to stitch beads along and within the shapes and lines you’ve painted to create texture.
Tip: try using something sharp to poke holes in your artwork so it is easier to move the needle through the cardboard, canvas, or heavyweight paper.
Optional: try stitching or gluing (if you don’t have a needle and thread) buttons, shells, ribbons, string, and/or sequins to your paintings to add additional texture and depth to your artwork.
Tie off and cut and any loose threads. Display your artwork.