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Great pixel art design from "Pappas Pärlor"

Tony Svensson, Blogger

December 30, 2016

5 Min Read

In Sweden, beading with pearls has become extremly popular during 2016. And it's not mainly among youngsters - no, this is one of the fastest growing adult hobbies in Sweden during the past year.

It is mainly one man who has been a prominent figure in this bead revolution; His stage name is "Pappas Pärlor" (Dad's Pearls), but his real name is Johan Karlgren.

In 2014 he began to bead along with their two children. The children eventually lost interest, but for Johan it escalated. He started an Instagram account, a Facebook page and while the interest grew among the public, he realized that he needed to start his own business in order to sell his art.

He has mainly focused on pixel-art from the video game world, but also works with portraits and restoring old paintings.


Winter in Motala (as it should be). #pappasparlor #pappaspärlor #pixelart #fusebeads #panduro #panduropyssel #kirby

A video posted by Johan Karlgren (@pappasparlor) on Dec 27, 2016 at 1:09am PST

On his Instagram, he takes creative pictures, but you can also find videos with his pixel art.

He is also known to create "street art"; he is lighten up the city of Motala where he resides, with his art. Here is some of his create "street art"-art;



Toads time o' year. #pappasparlor #pappaspärlor #pixelart #fusebeads #panduro #panduropyssel #toad

A photo posted by Johan Karlgren (@pappasparlor) on Oct 1, 2016 at 7:19am PDT

The Super Maria Bros 3 art above was put on a Swedish auction won by the internet casino superlenny (who offered it to customers instead of casino bonuses and free spins) and the money was later given away to charity.

This is an amazing account to follow for all Pixel-lovers. In a short time, his Instagram account has almost 50.000 followers. In Sweden this has gotten a lot of attention and "Pappas Parlor" has been starring a lot of talk shows in the national TV.

Watch some YouTube tutorials and get you beading going - or just check #pixelart on Instagram.

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