You Run Away So Often, How do You Get Back Home? (Poem and Images Included)

Running Away to Get Back Home

a poem

by Jessica B. Hensley aka Jess(Sketchwriterjess), the author of the Sketchwriterjess Blog and Owner of the Shop, JBHensleySWJ.

This poem may not be copied and sold or used on another website without the Author's permission. Nor can the Images be used the same way.

And now for the poem:

. A night at the bar

drawing with Crayola Colored Pencils

on cheap sketch paper

you catch reds, brasses, and browns

like gems

of memory you want to keep

When a weird guy hits on

you run away to get back home.

Coffee-Stout, Water, and An Old Fashioned with one sexy ice cube in one of my favorite places to go to let loose.

II. Hangover with you

as you drive in Palm Beach County Florida traffic

to the bookstore cafe to draw

with your water-soluble graphite pencils

by Fiber Castell and

Prismacolor Pencils Y2K,

on Canson Mix Media Paper,

You make an impression on

a child there, keep drawing

as she scampers off

to walk with her


You want to keep going

so you go to another coffee shop

where people focus on their work

on Laptops and Smart phones

while you draw with colored pencils

on paper

You run away to get back home,

back to the bar, you stay alone.

"The Carpenter" Water-Soluble Colored Pencils and Prismacolor Colored Pencils.
 9" x 6". Copyright 2017 Jessica B. Hensley signed with Sketchwriterjess Logo.

III. Another day,

same bookstore cafe,

with Crayola Colored Pencils

and paper in your bag,

you wave your wallet

Cheers to the baristas,

they know your name

they know your usual

they’ve kept you in the game

one Grande Latte drunk,

inspiration for a bracelet hits

You manifest at home,

then where it upon your wrist

to remember yourself

once again.

Colored Pencil Drawing of a Grande Latte with a bracelet inspired by its casing and the experience of the Bookstore Cafe Environment. Bracelet, Wood Beads, Smoky Colored Button, Malachite, Stainless Steel, Mocha Colored Crystals, and Pearlish Seed Beads on elastic cord.

If you like that poem, I've got some more on here. They were written when I was a bit more idealistic after moving from the Mid-Atlantic to Palm Beach County Florida.

Here are the links to the other poems on this site:
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Thanks you for reading
 and have a safe, yet Jolly Holiday.

Jess aka Sketchwriterjess

P.S. Remember to drink lots of water when you drink coffee or any of your favorite beverages so you don't become dehydrated and drowsy.

Why I Went Broke While I Was Making Money, Happy Holidays President Trump (Inspirational Infographic Included)

Why I Went Broke While I Was Making Money, Happy Holidays President Trump (An Inspirational Infographic Included),

Dear President Trump,

Money is on Everyone’s mind these days, those on disability due to Mental Illness even more so.

As a Bipolar Disorder I survivor, I can attest to how creating coping skills, both healthy and unhealthy, helped me understand why I’m in a vicious cycle of being blocked when it comes to dealing with life.

Any same person can tell you to “Suck it up, deal with it!”

However, as someone who has been through her own special Hell, I can tell you with accuracy that you can’t “make a deal” with illness.

You can convince yourself all you want that “If I do this, I’ll get that.”

That’s not how Mental Illness works.

There is no guarantee that you will get anything you’ve worked for or wanted for so long, from when you were a child or new adult.

The only thing I am sure of is that I will not give up on making living with Bipolar Disorder I more tolerable for myself and anyone else who has it worse then me.

Why I went Broke While I Was Making Money (Infographic Below):

I realize actions and pictures can speak 1,000 words more then I alone can.

I also realize I can’t win at life if I don’t have the tools to survive.

Currently, I am on SSI, also known as Social Security Supplemental Income.

I am allowed to work and earn up to a certain amount, while I get the medication I need to survive.

I’m not the only one out there who can work, yet can not work within the rules set forth by society.

Nor am I the only one who knows the rules of life don’t apply to her like it does to many people she knows in her life without a mental illness.

I know this bothers many people.

I know it’s unbelievable that pills prescribed for mental illness, Mood Stabilizers, Antidepressants, and Antipsychotics correct how the brain works instead of alter it, like Opiates can.

There are many things people don’t know about mental illness and since its different for every person diagnosed, I am unable to speak for anyone else as to why they have been diagnosed, though I have met other people with my condition and here is something that happens for many people with Bipolar Disorder I:

“I worked off and on for 6 years at different jobs and the longest one I held was 9 months. Many jobs I let my anger out on the manager or on other coworkers, or worse on customers when I worked retail.” –the author of this article

A person in my situation may have the skills to work a normal job, however, we get overwhelmed and stressed by so many things, anything can set us off.

True, at the time, I did not take medication, I wasn’t diagnosed.

However, I know now that owning my own business is the only way I will be able to have any shot at making my life better.

Working another job with and for other people will not only be hard for me, it will be tough for all my coworkers due to my anger issues.

The Infographic provided above explains how people in my situation are able to “make it work”.

We may not be able to “Make Our Life Great Again.”, though for me life wasn’t so much great before I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I as I had very bright memorable highs and very dark lows. 

I'm more stable now. 

I don't have the major mood swings I used to have and to be honest, I do miss the energy I had before I was diagnosed. 

The medications I take for my mental illness also made my body more susceptible to Diabetes, High Cholesterol, and Hypothyroid Conditions, which I've had since a year after I started taking them when I was diagnosed.

If you liked the Infographic above, I’ve got the words in this article here to sum up how I meet life eye to eye despite the difficulties I’ve had living:

1. You win some.

2. You lose many many times before you win.

3. There’s no do without trying.

Though my past haunts me as I make my way through a world where the rules don’t apply to me, I realize other rules do and so I am able be good to my family, friends, strangers, authority figures, and myself.

I wish You and Yours Happy Holidays,


Jessica B. Hensley

Author of the Sketchwriterjess Blog and owner of JBHensleySWJ Shop

So many niches, so little time.

So many niches, so little time by Jessica B. Hensley Author of the Sketchwriterjess Blog and Owner of the Shop JBHensleySWJ.

If you are a serial blogger like I am, then you’ve noticed a trend in the last couple of years, the trend of finding yours...your niche, your passions, your desires, all to make a business from the essence of your core being.

So, I’ve had a couple of blogs with different names, this blog is my best attempt to make a business from what I know.

Its also my best effort to earn a living from something I like to do.

I like to draw. I like to make jewelry. I thought, hey combine them together and see what happens.

Well, its cool. I like what I’ve come up with so far. However, I also like to write poetry too.

I have a few on this blog, one even has a book that is being published again next year after some reworking on the graphics so it prints more clear.

Plus I’m designing the font for it too.

I sketch, write, and sometimes combine both because sometimes I can’t make up the weirdness of life, though many times I want to dream, I want to imagine, that my life isn’t full of weirdness and icky moments, and feelings of downright a Gen Xr it’s unheard of. Millenials do that, Gen Xrs suck it up, pull themselves up by their boot straps, get stuff done...blah...blah...blah...Oh brother where are thou when I need to just take a break and relax and do all.

Like sit and stare at the wall

And pretend I will fall

At the mall

and some skateboarder will rescue me

like it’s 1986 somewhere in New Jersey.

Does this make sense.

No? It shouldn’t make sense, if it does, then you are just as strange as me.

I’ve been through enough things and seen enough things and heard enough things that Life is not as real AF, it is as real as sex.

Sex meaning, its not just about the act of sex, but the act of thinking about it, wanting it, craving it, and not being able to do a damn thing about it but draw in a sketchbook or write a poem.

My period sucks the life out of me every month. It is a drain on my body and a painful tear at my soul as I see women and men my age and younger with boyfriends, husbands, children, girlfriends, just friends, partners, pet babies, car babies, anything they hold dear, except creative pursuits.

There are people in my life who think what I do is really interesting and cool. Some are Gen Xrs, some are Millenials, and some are from the Baby Boomers, Silent Generation, and Greatest Generation too, and Did I forget Generation Z?

People are interested in what I do. They watch me sketch. They tell me how beautiful my sketches are. And sometimes, if I’m telling someone something about something I did, I draw a sketch about it, like some of the tutorials I have on this blog.

Sketching was the first way I learned about making art and how it could calm me down. But then, as I went further into school and concentrated on Art as my major, A Bachelors of Science, it got serious. It wasn’t calming anymore, it wasn’t about making fun of silly things that happened during the day in middle school, it was about painting with oil paints and learning about creating portraits of not only myself, but other people. It was about figuring out weather I wanted to be an artist, or make an art career from something related to art, such as Graphic Design.

I took drawing in college, there were nude models. One a woman. And later there was a man.

I had never seen a man naked in person before. The class called him Mr. Happy...

Anyway, it was my first look at a man up close or a woman up close, other then me.

It was interesting, it was bold, and it was exciting to capture a person at their most vulnerable in a safe way.

I kept trying to date men on campus and then when that wouldn’t work, I developed crushes on professors.

Looking back, I think that not knowing I was left-handed played into my frustrations. I wasn’t my full self. I was a good part of self, and yet there was so much doubt, that I was not ready to be with anyone sexually.

I wasn’t confident enough in myself to know what I needed to do to be supportive of them in the ways they needed. I didn’t know how far I could go. So I held myself back from getting close enough to go in and get lost.

What I did instead was attempt suicide, yet I was the only one who knew I did.

I took out a knife and put it against my wrist, and then, I felt like someone was watching out for me. I put the knife back in the drawer, as soon as I did that, a person came in and was shocked I was in the Student Kitchen in the Dorm, He was an International Exchange Student who always cooked his own meals since it was against his beliefs to eat the American Meals the campus provided.

At that moment, I knew that life was precious. It was not meant to end in a way, for an emotion, that is fleeting and then over at some point. I got a glimpse that life is short and its not meant to be shortened intentionally.

Flash foward years later, I fell for yet another man who was taken and I was was studying for my second degree in an art related field, Interior Design. There were stories that I would do great, that I would have no problem getting a job.

And then me and my classmates all talked about how we’d always be using boring colors, designing for offices, never truly being creative like so many of us wanted to be.

I felt like I couldn’t take it. I wanted out. I remembered my suicide attempt and knew that was wrong. I wanted out though, so I got into music, I got involved in an internet community, I spent so much time in a fantasy world and was stepping out of the real world that I was in. And then, I broke free from reality. I was on anti-depressents at the time because I broke up with my internet community and couldn’t be in a relationship with the rockstar I lusted after.

I went off the anti-depressents and that sent me spiraling out of control. I was on my way to a break, going off the meds pushed it over the edge. I got into arguments with people online. I vaguely remember what I said and what they said and it’s getting blurrier every year I’m still living in real time.

I started this blog to highlight the best parts of having Bipolar Disorder and the low parts of it. Not in a voyeristic way, more like impressions of a person who has difficulties others have, yet more deep.

Many people don’t understand that. There is a thought that People with Bipolar Disorder are just exagerating their pain, that they are upset they aren’t getting enough attention, and that they are choosing not to take responsibility for their psychosis, but instead are using it as a way to avoid living in the real world.

There are many things that I have discussed on this blog, and many ways I have put my opinions forth.

This is the first time that I am going back to my blogging roots.

I started blogging years ago to just tell people how I feel. I was cut off and ignored from the internet group I fell in love with and I wanted to say that I was still around, that my life means something, that life means something.

For many people, music is a mirror of their lives, it wasn’t a mirror of mine, it was a funhouse mirror for me and still is if there are lyrics. Lyrics don’t reflect my story. They never have and it’s possible they never will.

I wrote some songs, people thought they connected with the lyrics and that shocked me because I thought I was the only woman who felt out of touch with living as a woman, being a woman, growing up, accepting the pain of boundaries, and realizing when it’s time to give up one thing and start another. And when it’s time to never give up.

I write all of this to let you know that I care about you, readers, people in general, and I feel I still have much to offer you, a supportive shoulder to vent on.

I am not giving up on my blog, I am breathing new life into it. I still want to teach how to make jewelry. I want to teach people how I use logic to solve problems as someone with a mental illness.

If anything, I am thankful to be here in this place and time, even though many times I’m not. Many times I want out. Not a suicide, more like a shut down. A release, a time when I don’t have to think, I don’t have to do anything.

I love the people in my life dearly and I’m jealous of all of them. There I said it. They’ve done things and have lives I can only dream of. And yet, what I get from so many people in my life is, I wish I had your life. You get to play all day, you don’t have to work, your parents help you when you need it.

Thats not whats going on, I can assure you. Everyday, I hustle myself into doing the things I keep thinking will get me out of my funk. The things I think will help me have a normal life.

I no longer want Bipolar Disorder to define me. I want to define me. I do define myself as a person who is creative, supportive, loving, caring, and sharing and yes that’s with drinking coffee, Old Fashioneds, Craft Beer, Wine, Diet Sodas, Tea, and eating cookies and scones and Hush puppies and Quinoa and salads and eggs and bacon and blah...apples oh boy...well, I eat and drink whats allright for me and not allright for me according to doctors, and me.

I don’t like habits. I don’t like rituals. I don’t like doing the same thing day in and day out and yet that is what I do because that is what I can do. My life is very similar to the average working person’s life, with the exception that I have no alternatives to work, I am self-employed because that is the only way I can be. Just like people with Celiac who can’t eat Gluten, or People with Anemia who get tired and need iron shots to survive, I need medicine to survive. I need medicine and support from the mental health and primary care health professionals and I’ve got that here.

I don’t want it to go away. I don’t want all those years I worked and put money into my Social Security to just count for nothing. I worked and I still work, I work alone, I work for myself, I want to work for others, on my terms, not someone above me with control issues.

One final thing I want to say on this post is that I meditate every night before I go to sleep. I saved a book that my Dad was going to throw away about meditation. He was so relieved that I saved it. He and my Granny, his mother, had been to an event held by the author of this book. It’s a good memory of her that he has. He misses her so much still.

There are days when I miss myself too. I miss the days where I had tons of energy to burn. I miss the days when I cared about myself enough to shower everyday and look presentable. And I miss the ability to get angry when I need to. To cry and not have to push so hard to cry. I miss laughing at jokes no one else gets but me in my head that I know what they are and why they make sense and the look on peoples faces when I have disturbed their concentration. I miss the constant attention that i brought to myself by being “cool weird” as opposed to “creepy weird”. Now, I’m weird sometimes and its more eccentric then bizarre.

I’ve come a long way from where I used to be.

I hope that you will continue to read this blog. I do have some things for sale on my newsletter. If they look like something you’d enjoy having or using, I encourage you to take a chance on joy.

There is joy in connecting with other people. There is joy in giving gifts to your friends and family, and there is joy in giving yourself a gift when you need a pick me up.

I plan to have more in my shop by February of Next Year.

I will blog once a week still, just more ranty stuff like this, no fancy process pictures or graphics.

Just long essays on life as a person with love in their heart for nature and people.

Talk soon,

Have a Day that only you can have and feel how you feel about it.

Be you,


And any other days you need to, Should be everyday, but sometimes we need to put some pancake make-up on ourselves and some sunglasses to be someone mysterious.

Jess, still Sketchwriterjess, always me : ).

An easy way to laminate paper charms for jewelry. Charmed BE bracelet series.

If you would like to see how the Charmed BE elastic bracelet band is made, read this:

Why Your Elastic Bracelet Breaks and How to Prevent it from Happening Again

If you would like to see how the bookmark portion of the Charmed BE bracelet is made, then read this:

Why Now is the Best Time to Make a Bookmark Bracelet...Now Where Did I Put That Bookmark?

If you've already read those, or you just want to view how the charm is made, then keep reading...

I decided since I had to make some tough decisions recently, I thought it best to have something here for you, a sketch showing my process for the charm. I'm adding more pictures today if you have already viewed this article. There will not be a graphic for this piece, just pictures and some words about how I feel about this project.

Here is an explanation and pictures of how the charms for the Charmed BE bracelet are made.

All right, I know it's not easy to see in this sketch, however, I will explain how the lamination process works with simple plastic packing tape and paper colored with colored pencil mediums.

First, the paper is punched out with a die punch that punches circles. The circles are punched diagonally on paper to make use of the paper and not have too much waste. Also, the small holes are punched in each circle to make a place to attach the charm to the jewelry.

Next, The backs of the paper, that has already been colored with colored pencil mediums, is colored again with colored pencil medium with the word chosen and signature of the art chosen to make a signed piece of jewelry.

After that, the circles are laid in tape. One circle is laid in tape and the tape, a packing tape, is folded over it so the whole circle is covered with adhesive and plastic tape. A paper piercer is used to punch a hole in the small hole where the charm will be attached to the jewelry.

Then, a hair-dryer is used to set the tape to become a hard surface, like a laminate. First the hair-dryer blows high, then low, and then cold.

After that the circle is cut from the tape and it is officially laminated.

It is laminated enough that when I wash my hands and water splashes on this charm, it does not damage it. 

People have told me it's stronger the lamination paper they have used on their documents.

I know this isn't much in terms of graphics, however, I feel it's better to show you the process this way. Less clutter, more heart.

There are other ways this laminating process can be used. Rectangle and corner bookmarks. Bracelet cuffs, though, that may take some ingenuity, but I've got something in mind which I will have up next year, also beads can be made. Just punch 2 holes in one piece and you've got a flat link that can be used in a link style necklace.

I'm sure there are even more uses for this technique of lamination. The tape I used is Scotch Brand Heavy Duty Clear Packing Tape.

I will be writing an e-book about this process for purchase, however, I will have one more bracelet presentation that will be a recap of all the steps to how this version of the Charmed BE Bracelet is made. I will also have more about the colored pencil process and assembly line process to make more at a quicker pace.

Have a good one!


P.S. Would appreciate it if you would please Share this presentation. Just think, it includes all the links to how this bracelet is made! You've only got to share this one post.

It would mean so much to me to know that people have another technique to make jewelry that is not only nice looking, it is functional as well.

Why now is the best time to make a bookmark bracelet...Now where did I put that bookmark?

Why now is the best time to make a bookmark bracelet...Now where did I put that bookmark?

by Jessica B. Hensley author of the Sketchwriterjess Blog and owner of the JBHensleySWJ shop.

If you haven't seen the first part of this series on how to make a Bookmark Bracelet, please read this post first to see how to make the bracelet. Why Your Elastic Bracelet Breaks and How to Prevent it From Happening Again

If you already have a bracelet ready made with a ring to allow charms to hang from, then read on. : ).

You’re about to read your favorite magazine and you want to use something to hold the place in the magazine after you read the article.

Well you’ve got a bookmark sitting next to where your sitting but you don’t remember where you placed it, ah there it is....oopsie, dropped it. Now what?

What is the best way to keep your bookmark ready for you to use at any time?

Make a bookmark that is also a bracelet charm! Then it’s on the bracelet any time you need it.

Sound like what you go through every time you read a magazine or book? Lets get started with the materials needed to make the bookmark bracelet charm. Then read the steps and look at the pictures to see how it’s made.

Ribbon, Beads, and Findings

9” of 3/8” Grossgrain Ribbon

1 5mm Oblong Freshwater Pearl

2 5mm Oval Jumprings

1 12mm Oval Jumpring

1 7/8” Lanyard Hook Clasp

Tools Notions:

24” of 100% Nylon Beading Thread

1 #11 .41x36mm Beading Needle

Fabric Scissors

Embroidery Scissors

1 Pair Chain Nose Pliers

1 Pair Bent Nose Pliers

Finishing Sealers:

Purple Glue Color Change Glue Stick

Small Paint Brush

Tap Water

Other Tools to have on hand (Optional):

Bead Mat

Paper Pallette

Here are 6 Numbered Sections with the steps Marked with Letters to making this Bookmark Bracelet Charm.

1. Tie the Ribbon into a Cross Knot
2. Attach the ribbon to the Clasp
3. Sew on the pearl to the Bookmark charm.
4. Finishing the Charm...
5. Connect bracelet with jumprings.
6. Put the jumprings together.
7. Bookmark can now Be taken on and off from the last jumpring closed.

Sounds simple right?...well...there is more then what it appears to be here in these numbered lines. Here is the whole process marked with lines starting with letters, it will help to look at this Infographic to understand how this process works:

1. Tie the Ribbon into a Cross Knot

A. Take ribbon from the left and cross it over the right side.

B. Take ribbon just crossed and cross it back under the left ribbon side.

C. Take the ribbon just crossed under, and fold it to make a loop towards the right ribbon side, bring it under the right ribbon keeping the loop intact.

D. Bring the tail of the ribbon that has been crossed by the other ribbon up through the top loop, then down through the second loop.

E. Push the knot closed until tight, while keeping a loop on top. Cut off the left ribbon tail.

F. Pinch the bottom half of working ribbon edge to edge, East to West and cut at a diagonal as if cutting off a corner of a page. Leave 2.5" to 3" for bookmark use.

2. Attach the ribbon to the Clasp

G. Take the top loop of the ribbon, pinch it flat, then slide it through the clasp. For left-handed orientation, slide through with the opening of the clasp facing up. For right handed orientation, slide through with the closed part facing up.

H. Bring the ribbon tail through the ribbon loop to form a Larkshead Knot. Push tight until the other cut off end is enclosed in the Knot Formed.

3. Sew on the pearl to the Bookmark charm.

I. Thread the needle so the thread is half it’s length, then tie a knot on the end of it.

J. Sew pearl from East to West orientation, the holes go side to side. Go through the pearl twice around, then go through the pearl once more. Sew through the edge of where the pearl meets the ribbon. Tie a figure 8 knot, then an overhand knot to secure against the ribbon.

4. Finishing the Charm...

K. Run glue over all cut edges and tails or the ribbon and the beading thread. Then brush glued areas with a paintbrush and water. Set aside to dry for 24 hours before using.

5. Connect bracelet with jumprings.

L. Open the larger jumpring by holding the bent nose pliers in your non-dominant hand, right for left, left for right, and gripping the edge of the oval with the nose of the pliers.

M. With your other hand holding the Chain Nose Pliers, grip other edge of the oval, near the opening.

N. Pull the Chain Nose Pliers gripping the edge of the oval near the opening toward yourself. Do not pull it left or right, pull it straight to you.

O. Repeat the process of lines L, M, and N with one small jumpring. The other small jump ring remains closed.

6. Put the jumprings together.

P. Take the small open ring and click it into the square jumpring on the bracelet. Click it by picking it up with the Bent Nose pliers and moving the ring under the square jumpring so that the square jumpring edge can nest inside the small jumpring.

Q. Pick up the other small jumpring with Chain Nose Pliers and click it onto the open ring, then close the open jumpring in the opposite direction as stated in the previous lines in section 5. Use the Chain Nose Pliers and push the open ring closed so that it meets the other end of the oval ring and it is completely closed.

R. Take the large jumpring and repeat lines P and Q, but this time clicking the oval ring into the second small jumpring from the square charm jumpring and then closing the large jumpring.

7. Bookmark can now Be taken on and off from the last jumpring closed.

Phew! Time for a nap after this...: ).

There are a few notes worth mentioning: (3 notes)

I use a glue stick and water because not only is it non-toxic, it breathes. It’s flexible. Jewelry cement is not. I like the idea of the ribbon retaining it’s texture and yet it will not fray.

Any pearl, natural or faux can be used as long as the diameter is 5mm or less. Round pearls and button pearls in addition to Oblong Pearls can be used for this bookmark. However any pearl size more then 5mm will make the bookmark droop and fall out of the book or magazine.

And one last thing about this method of making a bookmark charm, not only can you use this type of ribbon and pearl bead, you can use other flat materials and stones, which will be covered in future presentations on making bookmark charms.

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Thank you for reading. Consider this presentation practice. In December I will have an e-book with the techniques discussed in this presentation if you would like to continue your study.

Come on back next Wednesday!

you know you’d like too.


I am notorious for taking years to read books and finish projects, well until this last year of 2017, however, there are a few projects I'm stubborn about finishing, fixing, and/or selling because I make excuses as to why I can't do those things.

Here is an article to keep in mind if you feel like you are never going to get anywhere in your business or your life. Practice what is written in this article and feel comfort knowing others are doing the same.

The Three part solution to finish projects you start and put aside, for days, months, or even years!

Why Your Elastic Bracelet Breaks and How to Prevent it From Happening Again

Why Your Elastic Bracelet Breaks and How to Prevent it From Happening Again 

by Jessica B. Hensley, Author of The Sketchwriterjess Blog and owner of the shop newsletter for her business JBHensleySWJ

You’ve Finished your bracelet, you’ve given them to friends and sold them to more friends and then one day, one of your friends writes to tell you that the elastic bracelet you made for her broke and beads flew everywhere, at her favorite restaurant!

Embarrassing for her and for you as a maker, it can be tough to get over the fear of this happening again and again.

Here are a few reasons this happens:

- The Knots Are not tied tight enough, the wrong knots are used, and there is no glue to hold them together.

- The elastic cord size is not correct and the beads are too heavy, so the bracelet breaks apart.

- One large knot is used to tie the bracelet ends together. This puts so much weight on the strand that with wear, the strand will rub against the beads too many times and it will break.

So, what is the solution to this problem?

This blog post you are reading will not only tell you the solution to the problem, it will guide you through how to make the beaded elastic part of a bracelet I have just created recently.

The secret is in how the bracelet is put together. There is a balance to it that allows it to be worn multiple times without stress on the elastic strand, so it will glide over your hand and once snapped in place by your fingers against your wrist, it will stay in place, strong and sturdy without worry of it falling apart.

Lets get started with the materials needed to make the elastic bracelet I am demonstrating in this post.


9” of 1 mm Elastic Cord, White, cloth covered.
2 Facetted Oval Crystals, 5mm in width from hole to hole on the bead. (A)
2 Colors of Size 6/0 Seed Beads: (B) 9 Beads, (C) 40 Beads
1 Square Jump Ring, 7mm

Tools and Adhesive:

Purple Glue Color Change Glue Stick
Small Paint Brush
Tap Water

Other Tools to have on hand (Optional):

Bead Mat
Paper Palette

Here are the steps to making an elastic bracelet that won’t break:

1.Take the elastic cord you’ve cut and run glue over one end of the strand. The brush the glued end with water. Glue to a half inch down the strand from the end. Set aside to dry until lightly damp and sticky.

2.On a flat surface, such as a velor bead mat, Lay out beads A, B, and C in the following pattern:


3.Take the end of the Cord that does not have glue and tie it to one corner of the square jumpring. First, tie a figure 8 knot, then tie an overhand knot. Do not cut the tail yet. Leave about an inch tail.

4. String the Beads in the order listed on the pattern. Pick up the bead with your non-dominant hand and hold the cord in your other hand. Push the bead onto the cord, then slide the bead down the cord with your hand that is holding the cord. Continue beading the pattern on to the string. Be sure that all the elastic is covered under the beads, until you are finished with the bead pattern. There should be about 2” left of Cord for tying the knots onto the jumpring.

5.Tie one figure 8 knot onto the opposite corner of the squre jumpring across from the other knots tied. Push the knot towards the beads. Then tie an overhand knot inward towards the beads.

6. Cut off the tails.

7. Run glue stick over all the knots and brush with water. Do not move the bracelet, put charms on the Jumpring, or Wear the bracelet for 24 hours. After 24 hours, it is safe to finish the bracelet with charms if desired. Also nudge the knots off the corners so the bracelet is more flexable when wearing. It will still be stable to wear and will not break.

There are a few notes worth mentioning:

I use a glue stick and water because not only is it non-toxic, it breathes. It’s flexible. Jewelry cement is not. I like the idea of the beads being able to move on the cord and it makes the bracelet more comfortable.

I use a square jumpring because I think it adds balance to the bracelet. The knots have a place to sit on instead of moving around so much with wear.

And one last thing about this method of making an elastic bracelet, not only can you use a square jumpring, you can use a link that has corner edges with a stone in the middle of it, You could make a piece of wirework design as long as it has corner edges. I will show you options for what I have mentioned here in future updates on this blog.

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Thank you for reading. Consider this presentation practice. In December I will have an e-book for purchase with the techniques discussed in this presentation if you would like to continue your study.

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Got Fired? Great!

The 5 Step Solution Artists Know About Connecting With People That You May Not

The 5 Step Solution Artists Know About Connecting With People That You May Not

by Jessica B. Hensley

Dear Friends,

Did you know that Artists make art for reasons other then to be famous and become rich? I know you don’t got all day.

To be brief...

Artists are a lot like you. They have to roll out of bed, get dressed, and eat, plus they’ve got places to go, and many put at least 30 hours into their business’ a week.

However, here is something you may not know about Artists who own their own business’ though; they develop good, strong connections not only with other artists, but with their friends from any profession.


Sometimes, artists are caught up in self doubt about their careers, so when they socialize with each other, they may have something in common even though they may not know each other.

Here is the 5 Step Solution to connecting with people like Artists Do:

Step 1: Share your work; tell your friends why you can’t finish it.

Step 2: Ask your friends for comments on how to try to finish your work.

Step 3: Listen to the comments; take them in, then apply the most relevant answers as you work on your project.

Step 4: Finish your work, Show your work and ask your friends to comment on your finished work.

Step 5: Once your friends follow up with you about your work, Repeat the process with your friends next.

Just to give you an idea of how this goes sometimes with my friends, I’ll come up with a hypothetical conversation as to how this works, in fact, to add some flavor to this exchange, I will post a piece of Art that I’m not sure about, it’s not finished yet, that is where you come in later is the dialogue:

“Girl with bird picture” A hypothetical Critique

Step 1: Hi everyone, I’ve got work I want to show you. Here it is.

Step 2. Artist 1: I love it. It’s so sweet.

            Artist 2: It needs something else, perhaps some shading to make                           it stand out.

            Artist 3: What are you trying to do, land yourself in a Fancy Maker                           Magazine?

Step 3: I’m a working. La la laalalalaaaa....yay!...aaaaaah why the fu....dgey shitakemushrooms Mother of Lordons...ok...

Step 4: Hey guys, I’ve finished my work, what do you think?

            Artist 1: Awesome!

            Artist 2: Nice Work!

            Artist 3: Traitor.

Step 5: So, Artists 1 and 2, what are you working on?

Person to Person

Connecting with another person can be complicated, as the Author of this blog, can tell you. Authentic conversation is not easy to come by on the internet or even in real life these days and in a world where if feels like your friends have so many friends, and you may too, deep down you feel isolated and alone.

Does this sound like your life?

Could be so, right?

If your life feels like this, then try these 5 steps to connect with people like Artists do. It could be just what you need to bridge the gap with your buddies who just don’t get you, but love you none the less.

Your friend in the metaverse,

Jess aka Sketchwriterjess

P.S. from Sketchwriterjess

If you think the sketch I’ve shared in this blog post, about how Artists connect with people, needs some work, I’m posting it on my Sketchwriterjess page on Facebook, so feel free to comment on it there.

If you like the blog post, The 5 Step Solution Artists Know About Connecting With People That You May Notfrom The Sketchwriterjess Blog,  Comment on it here on the blog and/or share it by clicking the share symbols located at the top and bottom of this post; a list of social media icons will appear. 

One last thing, I also have a blog on Tumblr, swjreads , where I post my rants about the art world. I won’t be posting from swjreads to The Sketchwriterjess Blog until a couple days from now, so if you want to see it before then, I suggest, you go there a few hours after this one has posted to read it piping hot. You can comment on the swjreads blog as well. Thank You for support.

Stress? This Time The Result is The Charmed "Be" Bracelet

This post shows a photo I took of the process of making my bracelet charm. It also shows bracelets too.

Weather permmiting I will have a post up sometime in the next two weeks.

Where ever you are, Stay Safe,

-Jess aka Sketchwriterjess

Ugh the typos...Sorry, just stressed, isn't everyone? What is stressing you out today? is it silly? Is it serious? or is it both?

Feel free to reply in the comment section... : ). Take Care friends.

Why complete a creative project you want to give up on? Artist to Artist tough talk ahead.

Why complete a creative project you want to give up on? Artist to Artist tough talk ahead.

Disclaimer: I originally used a name to describe feminist explanation in my original title and posts around the web. I forgot to follow the #1 rule of the internet, which is to do research on made up words that sound like they’ll go viral. Yes, I had a feeling people coined it already, I had no idea that it was deeper then just a word to describe a woman explaining why something is the way it is, just like men do.

Now that’s out of the way, I want to share with you to post I posted the other day, but it will not have a bunch of images. It will not be showy. It is truth and words and one picture is the only way to share this. I will also post on Tumblr, there will be a process picture on there that shows how I finished this project that has been nagging me. I will post other pictures on other social media throughout the week.

Here it is, with one picture at the beginning of this post to share:

I don’t know about you, who create art and craft, and/or pursue other creative outlets, but I have projects that get stuck in my head that won’t go away. Novels I sort of completed or abandoned completely, Crochet and Knit Projects I started to design, but couldn’t finish, and Jewelry pieces I made a couple of, but never followed through in making more.

It all adds up and festers and gnaws at my stomach and chatters in the back of my mind. “It” being the projects I start, but don’t finish.

It doesn’t matter, that I have completed short stories and had them published in literary magazines, Or that I designed and published two patterns that I crocheted and had one sell in a yarn shop for awhile, or that I’ve made jewelry, entered the jewelry in a juried show, not only got in, but made a sale, plus one sale to a dear family member who is one of my biggest supporters.

All that didn’t matter. I used to say things like, “Oh I sold that to my _____, it doesn’t really count.”, “I need to get the right people to buy my work.”, “Why can’t I get ahead in the art world?”, ( and yes I’ve even had art I entered into shows and got juried, and still it wasn’t enough), and my personal favorite, “What is the point of making art and craft?”

I had tried to figure it out as best as I could and it never got me to where I was satisfied with my life. I kept feeling like I had to be happy 24/7. If I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t doing it right.

Well friends, I hate to break it too you, but life is not life without ups, downs, and boredom. Plus there are a few highs and lows thrown in just to make it interesting.

I started a project holiday season of 2016, in an attempt to make something that I could use that I would like and thought other people would like as well. Not only did I do that, but I followed other people’s advice on how many I should make, what colors I should use, and how I should produce them. It worked for awhile, and then, I just didn’t want to follow the advice anymore. I wanted to share my true voice, I didn’t want to speak like someone else and hide my vision from my friends, family, and people who read what I write and look at what I draw.

Not only that, there were some technical issues I had with the Charmed “Be” Bracelets. The kinds of things that I pick at, that others may not even know about or care about.

I kept thinking of conversion, convertibles, comfort, a niche, a style, an anthem, and on and on it went until I said, just back off of this. It’s ok to drop it. It’s fine. The world won’t fall apart because I didn’t finish something I started. And it wouldn’t fall apart because of something I did or didn’t do. It’s important to finish for my piece of mind though. There was something about it...there’s something about it that is special to me.

So I thought, it’s special, I want to finish it, but I don’t know how, and I’m not even sure why I want to finish it.

This is where I started questioning what the point of creating art and craft was again. Why am I doing this again. It drove me nuts last time? It drives me crazy often.

I have my own answers to this question and I would be remiss to not mention that I have a workbook I’m making so that if people choose to, they can make it a little more comfortable to think and get frustrated on paper about their creative process. It’s similar to the other e-book I have written, yet it has it’s own flavor.

I’ve finished my Charmed “Be” Series of bracelets. There is one type I am partial too and will concentrate on it whether people want a certain style or not. Why?

I searched and came up with my own answers based on what I took and left of what other people in the blogging community say about business, life, and creativity, in my effort to prevent future long blocks of time where I don’t create something or finish a project. The internet is not a game for me. It is the way I choose to make my living and it is just as valid as any other way to do so.

Take what I say with a grain of sand. It’s sharp and soft, and perhaps may even provide some warmth and comfort in these uncertain times.

Take Care,

Jess aka Sketchwriterjess

If you want to read more about the process of how this bracelet is made, here are links to the series about the Charmed Be Bracelet of 2017:

Why Your Elastic Bracelet Breaks and How to Prevent it From Happening Again

Why now is the best time to make a bookmark bracelet...Now where did I put that bookmark?

Maintanence, posting the same content as yesterday, didn't realized I used a potentially trademarked term.

Sorry guys, had no idea Femsplain could be trademarked at some point, I will be posting the same thing with a few changes that I did yesterday.

Update: I'm posting the new post now, I've got a disclaimer in there about what I did, and I'm sorry I didn't look it up. This post is a record that I took anything down with the word that could be trademarked at some point.

I learned my lesson, which I explain in my revamped Artist to Artist talk.

See you soon.


Why Title a Mixed Media Art Sketch-Painting? The answers in the Islands...

swjreads from tumblr is now syndicated on the Sketchwriterjess blog:

Here is the follow up post to 2 months ago. It was posted the same night. However, I will not syndicate these posts anywhere from a week or more after post them. Follow my Tumblr Blog to see these extra posts first. Have a good one!


Notice I asked why title art, not why one should? There's a difference I think. More on that thought in future posts.

Done? Oh No!

Done? Oh No!

Copyright 2017 Jessica B. Hensley

So after you’ve been fired from a job you thought you could count on, what do you do?

First, cry your head off. Rejection hurts.

Second, write in your journal and sketch your jumbled thoughts and emotions on paper. Get it out of your system as soon as possible so the pain feels a little less painful each time you remember what happened.

Third, accept that you are on your own. You will always be self-employed even if you work for someone else. You can not depend on working for someone else to keep you earning money. If you are on disability and are allowed to earn money then this is very important to keep in mind. Give yourself a chance to have some independence even if you are living with your family, your significant other, or on your own.

Fourth, work on a project that you would sell as a self-employed person. If you are an artist, writer, musician or any other creative type of soul, do that. If you start new projects and drop them to finish old projects, then you have more ideas and some finished projects. It’s all right not to finish everything you start. Sometimes it takes awhile to finish something, and sometimes, it’s time to let a project go.

Fifth, share your work with people who like you and your work. And make sure they give you constructive criticism as well as praise on your work. It’s helpful to either find a group of like minded people in your field, or start a group. Being with other people who like you and who you like goes a long way to making the creative journey more joyful. It can be lonely sometimes, if you work from home.

Sixth, open up shop with quality items to sell. Don’t rush this! Start out with something good that is well made, well written, well sung and/or played. People will appreciate your hard work.

Seventh, promote your shop by telling your story and staying on the tight rope of hitting universal points that everyone lives and everything you think or feel is important that you’ve experienced. If you’ve been able to stay strong despite how uncomfortable you are, people want to know how you made mistakes and how you made your way to the place you are now, and would like to come to their own conclusions about how to live without too much editorializing. That’s resonance, a very important connection point for artists and patrons, writer’s and readers, and musicians and listeners.

I hope this helps you on your creative journey to self-employment. I have done all of these things. I even have made sales over the years when I first started working for myself years ago. Crafts, Art, and Writing. I’ve even written songs and people liked the lyrics, have not sold those yet...

The world does not owe you a thing, however if you create, then you make for the world, not just take from the world.

Wishing you good vibes,

Jess aka Sketchwriterjess

Done? Oh No!
Copyright 2017 Jessica B. Hensley

Watercolor Pencil and Crayon: Abstract Mixed Media Study

Watercolor Pencil and Crayon: Abstract Mixed Media Study

Copyright 2017 Jessica B. Hensley

Hello everyone,

I am writing a series of posts about Mixed Media. If you want to read my fresh take on Mixed Media you can go to my Tumblr Blog for extra insight on my Mixed Media Series. Fresh Reads about my mixed media art post Thursdayish on Tumblr.

This post is about the technique of how to combine Watercolor Pencil and Crayon to form an abstract work of art that has depth and meaning.

Materials used: Crayola Crayons, Fantasia Watercolor Pencils, Thin Small Paint Brush, Elmer's Purple Disappearing Glue Stick, Water, Cup for Water, Stylus, Mixed Media Paper.

To the right is a picture showing the two mediums on their own and combined. In my opinion, mixed media adds depth to a piece of art. Watercolor Pencil and Crayon on their own are not bad, but together they are dynamic...

Techniques for to make this study:

-Hold Pencil like a knife to color areas. Color Down the page Vertically.

- Lay each color next to one another, then use paint brush dipped in water to wash over the pencil. 

 Let paper dry completely before adding Crayon.

Add Crayon once paper is dry. 

Crayon can be layered upon itself by coloring one on top of another. Crayon can burnish crayons, A stylus can burnish crayons by rubbing the ballpoint on the crayon and smudging the colors together. Glue can be applied with the stick, then a brush dipped in water can wash over the glue and crayon. It lets the crayon run a little bit like watercolor, yet leaves thick and thin marks behind. I like the disappearing purple glue because you can see where the glue is placed so you don't put too much glue on the art work. In fact, water can even be used alone for some outline effects. 

When all the crayons you would like to use are added, seal the art with glue, Then wash over the piece with the brush.

Now it's time to decide what this art is...

Turned sideways, to me, it looks like an landscape of ocean under a sky with some grass and sand.
I call it "The Islands Ahead" I've signed it in Watercolor Pencil. I signed my name as the glue was drying on part of the paper.

I'm curious to know what you think of combining these two media together.
Do you find combining these media together add depth and meaning to art work?

Until next time on Art Beat wishing you some peace and joy,

Jess aka Sketchwriterjess

Watercolor Pencil and Crayon: Abstract Mixed Media Study
Copyright 2017 Jessica B. Hensley

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Hello everyone,

This blog is a place to read about one person's experience with Bipolar Life and it's obstacles. It is also a place to get information about surviving and thriving with a mental illness.

Not only do I make art and craft, I write and do Tarot Readings for the General Audience.
I discovered I have psychic abilities once I stopped drinking alcohol. Champagne? Not just yet ; ).

My hope is that you get inspired to put yourself out there into the world. It's scary to do so. It always is, but it's the only way to make progress towards having any quality of life.

Take Care and Blessings.