Mixed Mayhem Studios features the jewelry designs of B.R.Kuhlman featuring one of a kind, handmade jewelry using wire wrapping techniques, semi-precious stones, pearls, crystals, and Czech glass. The mission is to bring together the talents of one artist, and in the future other artists, and make their creations accessible to the public.
I have been making art since I was a very small child. I've also done freelance work of various sorts since I was a teenager. In 2011, after changing my business name for the umpteenth time, I finally settled on "Mixed Mayhem Studios." It was a clever play on words since I usually opt for mixed media to create art. Why settle for one medium when you can have all the things? That year is when I really felt I had my "official" start in having a "real" business. I mean, I even registered a "doing business as" name.
I did pretty well for myself at first since I was quite consistent with my work, but life has a curious habit of getting in the way. Especially when there's a day job that seems hellbent on consuming every iota of energy you can muster. Without going into too much detail, I will admit that my own health, work, and caring for family took precedence over art and making beautiful things. By 2013, nearly all of my projects had come to a screeching halt for one reason or another. My side hustle had also become a tiresome chore rather than a labor of love.
Recently, that love has been rekindled, and I am hoping to also get back into the habit of sharing my work regularly. I had briefly started doing this again earlier this year via Instagram and Facebook, but I encountered another one of life's curve balls around March of this year. I'm not ready to share the details of that instance publically yet. It's a sensitive topic that I'm still quite moody about, and I'm trying to keep this blog post a positive one. I only mention it because I want my readers and anyone who follows my content to know why there have been such impressive instances of radio silence on my part. Long story short, I suffered a rather impressive injury in March that involved a bit of nerve damage in my right arm. Guess who is also right-handed? This gal.
Anyhow, I have no desire to dwell on that. I still don't have as much free time as I would like, but I carve it out in little stolen moments late at night and during work breaks. It makes for a pleasant escape from the little stresses of day to day life, and thankfully I have an awesome job now that I really enjoy. One of my current most favorite things to do during those reprieves is to color. What can I say? I love vibrant colors and this whole adult coloring book trend (please never die, oh beloved trend) is the best thing since sliced bread.
My house is filled with stacks of coloring books and oh so much art supplies! It's a wonder I get anything else done. I love pens, markers, paint -- nothing is off limits! I have also always been kind of a doodler. No margin of notebook paper or blank space is safe from me. The combination of doodles + coloring also makes for interesting designs. I have enjoyed the process of creating these types of paintings and mixed media pieces so much lately that several thoughts occurred to me: This would make for an excellent starting point to start sharing my work again, and how fun would it be to create my own unique coloring book pages? Who knows, I might even publish my own coloring book one day.
Before I get ahead of myself thinking I'm the next Johanna Basford (I LOVE YOU ♥), it occurred to me that I could easily create some coloring book pages, have them printed, and share with friends. How fun would that be? I can't tell you how many weekends I've spent with friends and family just hanging out while coloring beautiful things. I love everything about it. I think that I also miss the community feel of art classes where we were all working on our own little versions of the same project. It's such a unique atmosphere that I have rarely encountered as an adult. I want to foster that feeling and sense of community, so I have set up a Patreon account to do just that.
My plan for that account is twofold: I want to share my process of how I create art step-by-step by taking my Patrons, blog followers, and other social media peeps behind the scenes. Second, I want to encourage others to partake in the joy of coloring by creating intricate coloring pages while walking you through how to color them. I am so excited about this project! I am so excited about ALL of the projects I have in the works currently, some of which have been waiting in the wings for quite some time.
In addition to all of the coloring excitement, I am also working on some special Art Abandonment projects (I love that this is a more common thing now!), revamping my jewelry store, and restarting an old, beloved game. It's a lot, but it's not something I've taken on all at once. This is the culmination of many months of tinkering, plotting, and note-taking.
I hope you'll join me whether it's here, on another social media platform, or Patreon itself. In the meantime, I'd like to share with you the very first coloring page I've created to date. This is free to download. I only ask that you link back to this blog or to my Patreon page if you post it online. It's not for resale. This is for you to enjoy. I would love to see what you create from it, so please share your work online if you can! I'm on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and all the usual places. If you'd rather not share publically, you can always instead. Print it out, color it Photoshop, whatever floats your boat!
Thank you to all of you have stuck around through the years! You are so appreciated!
Woohoo! It's reveal day! I'm a bit behind the times on updating my blog here lately, and as I put together my jewelry from my Bead Soup my lovely partner, Radel, sent me I realized that I am terribly out of practice. As in... Wow. This was harder than I remember it being the last time I made a complex piece of jewelry. Still fun though!
First off, here are the lovely goodies I received:
Radel sent me two little packages in little organza bags and a card. We were pretty well matched since I also sent her two organza bags of beads and a card. Talk about serendipitous! In the first bag was this beautiful piece of purple agate, some lilac cats eye glass, and some matching seed beads:
The second bag held some fantastic wooden beads. I didn't have time to venture into working with the wood beads, but I have something fun in mind for them. I'm going to turn them into a sun catcher for my kitchen window. I also plan on painting little flowers and designs on the beads (hence why I ran out of time on this particular project). I don't want to paint them solid colors, either. Just little designs on top to allow the nice wood tones to shine through.
Without further delay, here is my BSBP creation:
In the spirit of this being the Bead Hoarders addition, I used the last of my gunmetal wire that I can't seem to find a suitable replacement for. The necklace is kind of two-toned with a darker silver that was supposed to replace my spent spools of gunmetal wire but didn't quite pan out. Either way, I like the dark metal with the purple beads.
The purple agate, cats eye beads, and seed beads I used as spacers were from Radel. The rest was from my collection. I pulled out some Chinese crystal and some amethyst rounds to go along with the natural stone of the agate.
Here's a nice close up of the pendant so you can really see the detail of it. It's the most complex thing I've wire wrapped in quite some time. Something I didn't notice until I started working on this pendant was that the agate was drilled on either end. Because of that, this is probably the most sturdy wire wrapped pendant I have ever made. Makes me want to whip out my dremel and start drilling holes in things, lol.
... and here it is in my hand for a size reference. Sort of a size reference I guess. I have big hands for a lady? It's what happens when your dad is a football linebacker. It's nice and heavy, too!
Purple is kind of a spring-y color to me, so I used this cute leaf toggle clasp. I love toggle clasps in general. Much easier to manipulate.
Thanks for stopping by!
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