Who are you? Where are you based? Hello I’m Nick Picnikperlers1
I live in a small town in Northern Part State of Minnesota USA
When and why did you first start making your art?
I started beading when I was younger before I could touch an iron made few coasters. Now I got back into it for over 6 years
I was gifted a small Pokémon Raichu Piece it triggered everything I realized all that could be made & I was hooked. Every year I do an anniversary yearly piece This year I made the original Raichu piece I was gifted that started this hobby & then my biggest piece which is a 38,721 beaded Pokémon Raichu.
What inspires your artwork?
I’ve been a huge video gamer all my life. I love making those type of based projects. I enjoy making big pieces with lots of detail & color. I make most of my designs using Microsoft Paint & lately I’ve been doing a lot of freehanding of work.
Do you remember the first piece you made?
The first piece I made was Super Sonic The Hedgehog I still have the piece to this day.
What's the biggest piece you've ever made?
My biggest Pieces would be my 48x48 Painted Canvas Piece of Megaman & Zero. My Massive Raichu piece & my Final Fantasy 7 Remake Cloud Striffe’s Buster Sword life sized standing almost 6 feet tall.
What is your art workspace like?
I have my own artroom in my house projects are all around me. I have a round 3x5 Oak Table that I do my pieces on. I always have music on looking out my window. I get in my zone I’ve sat there for as much as 15 hours in a day beading.
What are the tools of your trade?
I’m always using my fingers to bead sometimes my Perler Twizzers. I have my 7 bead boxes that hold 15 different colors each up to 30,000 beads. I work fast knowing where each color is at.
I use a wide masking tape that’s almost 3 inches wide. I made a block with nails for poking holes in tape. I’ll also use a pegboard with my small baking spatula to slide under boards to pull them up. My scissors and box cutter for tape.
What's the most time you've spent on a project?
I spent the most time on my Super Mario RPG Snes Console Wooden Built Coat rack with 3D characters. Building & Designing the shelf took awhile painting it up using a drill to plug in the controllers & game to go in.
Can you talk us through your creative process? How do you go about planning and creating a piece?
I make a lot of videogame based types of pieces. I enjoy designing my own patterns to be the first to make it. I’ll spend hours on my phone & computer making patterns. I like bigger pieces up for a challenge. I love lots of different colors in each piece.
What are the most common questions you get asked about your art?
How to you Iron Pieces so big? How did you get so good? How do you bead so fast?
Have you had any art-related disasters?
When I first got back into beading over 6 years ago. I started doing pieces on a smaller table. Well boards would over hang I would bump the table & end of fixing projects. I had an old account Picnikperlers that I was hacked a year ago on Halloween at almost 5,000 followers. The account was terminated I lost a lot of pics of my work & friends. I started over trying to come back stronger better then ever.
Do you have a dream project you'd love to make, but just can't justify yet?
I have a Megaman X & Zero based wall in my artroom. I’m planning to add to that wall to complete it to have it finished as been a goal dream of mine.
What was your most recent project?
My most recent project I made a huge Santa Penguin & Christmas Polar Bear Piece with that piece I made 2 5foot tall candycanes that I sprayed & hand painted out of PVC Pipe. I added Christmas lights & bows. It’s a very special piece to me.
What are your favourite experiences you've had as a result of your art?
I’m blessed to meet & know so many bead artists around the world making new friends. The happiness I can spread with my work helping those as much as I can. I look back at when I first started to now how far I’ve come. It’s such a great feeling knowing my work is around the world putting a smile on their faces the enjoyment they get receiving my art warms my heart.
Do you have any projects in progress or in the pipeline right now?
I’m planning on doing 2 massive Megaman X pieces ranging 35,000-40,000 total beads.
Do you sell your art? If so, how can people find it?
I sell 95% of my work at craft shows, word of mouth.
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Anything else to share? Shoutouts, words of wisdom etc?
I get told often I wished I could be like you to make such huge projects. I encourage everyone never to give up keep your chin up. I make mistakes I’m not perfect you learn from your mistakes. This is a hobby to enjoy. Sometimes you’ll get frustrated with a piece take a step back & go back at it you got this!!! Bless you all Thank you Nick Picnikperlers1
My name is Iain and my addiction is making pixel bead art. My main inspirations are comics, video games and movies.