Paper Bead Bracelets with Guava Gelatos

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Hello friends!  Adrianne Surian here with you today to share a jewelry project inspired by the Gelatos® color of the week, Guava, and Art GRIP®Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.  You can make your own beads out of paper and string them alongside crystals and pearls for an organic look in a delicious color scheme!

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Paper beads have been around a long time, but today's post will show you how to give them beautiful, dimensional color before making and using them in simple stacking bracelets.

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By using Gelatos® color over an Art GRIP®Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil base, you can create beautiful boutique-worthy beads.  They're easy to make, so this project is well-suited to beginner artists and crafters!  (You can refer to the list at the end of this post for the exact colors and tools used in this project.)

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Begin with a 12x12 sheet of white paper or light cardstock (ideal paper weight less than 65#).  Sketch lightly in an allover pattern with Art GRIP®Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, and blend them with a wet paintbrush.  As you can see in the photo above, this does not need to be a carefully blended step.  To create your watercolor base, just choose 3-4 colors and apply them randomly to the page.  A few white areas are fine, but try to blend colors to fill the paper as much as possible.  

Allow your paper to dry, then use a paper trimmer to cut it into long, skinny triangular strips.  On one side of the sheet of paper, measure 1/2 inch from the edge.  Place your sheet so that you can cut the paper on a slight diagonal, from the half inch mark on the bottom edge of the paper tapering off at the top corner of the top edge of the paper.  Then, trim from the bottom corner of the paper up to the top, ending at the half inch point.  

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From one sheet of paper you can cut 48 triangular strips that are 12 inches long, and 1/2 inch wide at the widest point.  Each strip will be colored slightly different- and the narrow strips will hide any errors or messy areas of your watercolor background!

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Next is the fun part!  Using a toothpick or similarly small dowel, place the wide side of the strip along the toothpick and begin winding it around.  As the strip narrows, you will create an oval-shaped bead.  When you reach the point of the triangular strip, secure it down with a dot of glaze.  Take care to use just the least amount of glaze as you can in this step; this is a temporary hold before adding a permanent coat later.  

You may notice that all the lovely water coloring you did in the previous step is now quite subtle!  As you wrap the beads, it's the edges of the paper strips that will show the most.  This is where the color of the week is important!

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Once you have created several beads (the exact number will vary depending on how many bracelets you wish to make, and what pattern you will use to create them) place them on a paper towel or similar disposable surface.  

Prepare a Gelatos® mist in a misting bottle by cutting off approximately 1/4 inch of the Gelatos® stick and putting it in a mixing cup with 2-3 ounces of warm water.  Mix it thoroughly until the Gelatos® are dissolved.  Then add the liquid Gelatos® to a misting bottle, and generously spray the beads. 

The mist will help to color the edges of the paper beads, and give them an overall Guava color to tie them together as a coordinated set.  The subtle layers of color between the watercolor base and Gelatos® mist make each bead slightly different while giving your beads richer color.

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Allow the beads to dry, then apply a generous coat of glaze to each bead.  The glaze will make the beads more durable and will also seal in the color of the Gelatos® mist.

When the glaze has dried, combine the beads with other crystals, pearls, and spacers on .7mm clear stretch cord.  String 7.5 inches of beads onto a 10-inch length of cord, and tie the ends together with a square knot (you may know it as a double knot).

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You can create as many bracelets as you like to stack together!  When making more than one, stacked bracelets look their best when each is slightly different.  As you can see above, both bracelets feature beautiful paper beads, but are offset with different colors and textures for variety.

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Thanks for joining me today to check out this beginner friendly jewelry project layering Gelatos® color of the week, Guava, over warm shades of Art GRIP®Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.  I've enjoyed sharing it with you and I will see you again soon!

Adrianne Surian®®®

Supplies used:

Gelatos® color of the week, Guava

Art GRIP®Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils #123, #126 (Red set) and #105, #115 (Yellow set)

Palette Knife

Misting Bottle

Glaze 

Paintbrush

Mixing Cup

12x12 Sheet 40# White Paper

Paper Trimmer

Toothpicks

.7mm Clear Stretch Jewelry Cord

4mm Light Pink Faceted Glass Crystal Beads

4mm White Glass Pearls

6mm Silver Ball Beads

3mm Silver Square Spacer Beads

 


Be Awesome Altered Tin and Album

Welcome back to another colorful Gelatos® post! This is Rachel Kleinman and I'm sharing a new-to-me project with my favorite Gelatos® color: GUAVA! Last post I shared that Snowcone Gelatos® was the first color I ever owned; but Guava Gelatos® was my first favorite! The name definitely had something to do with it, I mean, Guava Juice is delicious :)

 

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I started with a plain metal tin that included a little accordion style album inside. You can find these at many arts and crafts stores, or just make your own with an old mint tin. I covered everything with Gesso before adding my Gelatos®, Aquarelle® Pencils, and Whipped Spackle.

 

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Since Guava Gelatos® is naturally a light color, I used my Aquarelle® Pencils to highlight and outline. You can see I've added a lot of orange to my album, and that's because I always find myself using Guava alongside the Mango Gelatos®. They just work together! You'll see in a lot of my pieces that where there's pink... there is orange right along side it!

 

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There are a lot of new techniques I share in my how-to video for new ways to use your Guava Gelatos®. This includes misting, melting, and stenciling! 

 

 

This little album and tin is also filled to the brim with Mixed Media Stencils! I really love the addition of stencils to the Design Memory Craft line, it just makes designing so easy!

 

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So, go! BE AWESOME and play in your craft space, create something new, and try out new ways to use your Gelatos®! Thanks for joining me and happy creating!

 

SUPPLIES

Gelatos® - Guava, Mango

Double Scoop Gelatos® Guava

Gesso

Whipped Spackle

Stencils 101 Collection

Stencils 102 Collection

Stencils 301 Collection

Scandinavian Stencil Collection

Art GRIP® Aquarelles - Blues

Art GRIP® Aquarelles - Reds

Gelatos Tool Set

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Stamping with Gelatos®

  Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

You are awesome!

Sometimes you just need that reminder or want to share it with someone else so I made this little 4" x 6" piece of art that I could put in our guest room. I love how it turned out. It's almost magic how the highlighting of the flowers happens with this technique. Here's how I created the project.

 

I started off by using PITT® Artist Pen Black #199 as ink to stamp a flower image onto a 4" x 6" piece of watercolor paper. 

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Next,  I used Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #126 to color in the areas of the flowers that I wanted shaded.
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Next,  I activated the watercolor with water.
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While that dried, I mixed together about a 1/8" chunk of Guava Gelatos®, a Palette Knife full of Gel Medium, and a small spritz of water.
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I then painted it onto the shadow stamp and stamped it onto my flower.

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I really love the irregularity of the Gelatos® and how the watercolor pencils pop through. 

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Next, I stamped some leaves with May Green #170 PITT® Artist Pen and water colored them in with a Kiwi Gelatos®. I also used Art GRIP®Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #147 and #153 to color in the blue background and then activated it with water.  Lastly, I added a sentiment that was stamped and embossed with black embossing powder and slipped it into the frame.
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Let Your Dreams Bloom Art Journal Page with Jamie Dougherty

Hello everyone. I would like to share a video tutorial that features a few techniques using Gelatos® and Stamper's Big Brush Pens. The two mediums work very well together. The water solubility of the Gelatos® and the permanence of the India Ink in the Stamper's Big Brush Pens create the perfect balance between light and soft, and bold and graphic.

 

Supplies Used: Gelatos® Margarita Mix Stamper's Big Brush Pens (Black*199, Green Gold *268, and Walnut Brown*177) Gesso and the triangle stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection.

 

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The combination of these colors creates a mod and retro look all in one.

 

We welcome your comments! Let us know what you think of this really cool project. Make sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram. We would love to see how this video inspires you.

Hugs and Happy Creating!

Jamie

 


Art Journal Tutorial

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Hi fellow mixed media enthusiasts, Mou here today with an art journal tutorial for you using Gelatos® Snow Cone & Texture Luxe™ Gold! The soft blue of the Gelatos®  Snow Cone along with the rich gold of the Texture Luxe™  turned out to be a great color combination. Let me show you how I created my art journal page.

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Make a Unique Clothesline Bowl

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Hi! It's Laura Bray and I'm so excited to show another fun project today! Clothesline or rope bowls are all the rage in the craft world right now. They are sewn using inexpensive clothesline that you can buy at your local hardware store or cording from the craft store. Today, I wanted to share a beautiful way to make this simple craft project into a work of art using Gelatos® and Pitt® Big Brush Artist Pens.

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Stencil Layering Techniques with Snow Cone

How much are you loving the new 52 Weeks of Color featuring Gelatos®?! I'm very excited that my first project with this campaign is all about the color Snow Cone! It just so happens that many years ago a single lone Gelatos® made its way into my life... and it was Snow Cone :) It's safe to say my life was changed after that!

 

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I always love combining my Snow Cones Gelatos® with bold pink colors like Passion Fruit. This art journal page features a lot of cool stencil layering techniques, and I share all these tips and tricks in the process video! It's fun to layer the same color (Snow Cone) on top of itself to get different tones and shading. The Passion Fruit mixed with Snow Cone also sometimes gave me a purple shade, but other times that bright pink color. It really is fun to Mix and Match and see what gorgeous outcome you get!

 

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The photo above shows the results of my favorite stencil layering technique. I laid down the flower pattern from Doodle Stencil Collection first, then the polka dots from Stencil 101 Collection on top. When the Texture Luxe™ Pearl is layered on top I'm left with the polka dot pattern only showing on the flower petals, which is just what I wanted! I also mixed Snow Cone Gelatos® with the Pearl Texture Luxe™ to get the ice-like color above.

 

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I finished off the page with the sentiment 'dream' from Stencils 301 Collection and a thick layer of Texture Luxe™ Copper.

 

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Be sure to watch the video for oodles of stencil techniques and layering your Snow Cone Gelatos®! Thanks so much for joining me today and thanks for watching!

 

SUPPLIES:

Gel Medium

Gesso

Gelatos® - Snow Cone, Passion Fruit

Stamper's Big Brush Pens - Light Blue, Cobalt Blue

Texture Luxe™ Paste Pearl

Texture Luxe™ Paste Copper

Stencil 101 Collection

Stencil 102 Collection

Stencil 301 Collection

Doodle Stencil Collection

Chalkboard Paint

Gelatos® Mist Maker Tool Kit

 

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Daydreaming in Snowcone

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Hi All. Tiare here with my first August post.  I've been mixing up my Design Memory Crafts products and simply having a ball with color.  This week I've been playing with Gelatos® Color Snowcone, the color of the week and mixing it up with a few fun items. Here's what I did.

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First, I created a colorful background using Stamper’s Big Brush Pens: Light Green 171, May Green 170, Permanent Green Olive 167 and Chromium Green Opaque 174 and a little bit of water. I used the Mixed Media Stencil 101 on top, along with Gelatos® Color Snowcone and Kiwi to create a cute pattern. 

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Next, I sketched in my "Daydreamer."

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Next, I made gorgeous shimmering hair by mixing Gelatos® Colors Snowcone with Texture Luxe™ Pearl and spread it using a palette knife. I was sure to NOT smooth it out so that the natural textures remained. 

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Lastly, I added a bit of color to the lips and eyelids using Gelatos® Colors Snowcone and  Kiwi.  I added details with a Journaling Pitt®Artist Pens Medium Nib. It activated quickly. Next, I created shading with a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft paintbrush, found in the Gelatos Brights 15 Ct . set. I finished by rubbing the Gelatos® Color Snowcone over the hair.  The raised parts picked up the color and added visual interest. 

Supplies Used: 

 

Me HatTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a weekly challenge: Embrace Your Art 2016: Journal About Me (JAM) Challenge, which features a weekly prompts, creative challenges and process videos. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com

 


Lemon Yellow + Glittering Gray Bracelet

Hello friends!  I've got a bright and vibrant project to share with you today that combines Gelatos® color of the week, Lemon with elements that sparkle and shine in shades of gray and silver.  This glittering bracelet project keeps your art close to you as a one-of-a-kind accessory!

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The wooden clasp is the star piece of this chunky 5-strand bracelet that features crystal glass beads and has an organic feel with dyed yellow stone beads to complement the wood element.  

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Let me share with you how I got the look.  Here's what you'll need (see below for a list of products and colors used in this design):

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You'll be able to use your Paper Crafter Crayons in combination with stencils (or freehand a design) and give the wood rich color with Gelatos® color of the week, Lemon! The mixture of cool crystals , earthy wood and stone beads as well as silver spacers make this bracelet a beautiful piece to complement your summer attire! Beginner as well as advanced jewelry makers will love to make this simply-styled bracelet.  

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Begin by creating your design or pattern on the wood clasp using Paper Crafter Crayons.  Simple silver dots are featured here, but there are so many stencils to choose from!

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Next, add pigment to the wood by applying Gelatos® color directly to it.  Spread the color evenly over the entire piece by using a small amount of water - the Deluxe Water Brush is a perfect companion for the heavy color used here.  

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Because Gelatos® are easily blended with water, you'll need to seal your design with a generous coat of Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft Glaze.

Finally, string beads in various patterns in shades of silver and gray along with a few yellow accents onto 12-inch strands of .8mm stretch bead cord.  When you have strung 6.5 inches of beads onto each of the 5 strands, feed the cord through each of the holes.  Thread a crimp bead onto the cord inside the channel on the underside of the clasp, and use a pair of crimp pliers to secure it.  The crimp bead acts as a stopper so that the cords stay in place!  Repeat the process for the other half of the clasp, and trim away the excess cord with scissors.  

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All that's left is to wear your new piece out and enjoy saying, "Thanks, I made it myself!"

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Thanks for joining me today to get inspiration for using Design· Memory· Craft® products on even the smallest of canvases.  Enjoy your art anywhere you go! 

Supplies used:

Gelatos®: Lemon (Brights Set)

Paper Craft Crayons: Silver (Neutral Set)

Texture Gems™ 3ct. Metallics: Silver

Glaze Textural Accents

101 Stencil Collection (6.5"x6.5"): Polka Dots

Deluxe Water Brush

Other Supplies Used:

5-Hole Wooden Clasp

.8mm Stretch Bead Cord

Yellow Howlite Beads: Moroccan Rings, Puff Flower, and 6mm Rondelles

Dark Gray Crystal Glass Beads: 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm

Clear Crystal Glass Beads: 4mm, 8mm, and 10 mm

Silver Spacer Beads: 4mm and 6mm

2mm Crimp Beads

Crimp Pliers

Scissors


Faber Castell and Clear Scraps - Vacation Clipboard

Hello all, this is Rachel Kleinman joining in on some  Clear Scraps fun! I really enjoyed this project, especially because it challenged me to look at my Design Memory Craft™ products in a different way... after all I was creating on CLEAR ACRYLIC, not paper like usual! So here is my mini photo clipboard that is a nod to my recent visit to Myrtle Beach.

 

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I started with the Clear Scraps Vintage Mini Clipboard and colored both sides with india ink from the Stamper's Big Brush Pens in May Green and Cobalt Blue. Once the ink from the pens dried, it was on the acrylic board permanently! 

 Next I used the diamond stencil from Design Memory Craft™ Stencil 102 Collection with Silver Texture Luxe™ paste. 

 

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Next I decorated the Clear Scraps Vacation Word Title. First I gesso'd the chipboard, then colored it with Gelatos® Passion Fruit, Butter Cream, and Watermelon. To add a huge pop of sparkle, I also coated the chipboard with Glass Bead Glitter Gel, then a very thick layer of Ice Texture™ Gems

 

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Next I mixed Lemon Gelatos® with Whipped Spackle and layered a very thick coat of it along the bottom of the clipboard. I used this as a glue to add in the vacation chipboard and several shells we found at Myrtle Beach. Once the Whipped Spackle was dry everything stayed perfectly in place!

 

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Thanks for joining me today! Have fun creating in a new way with your Clear Scraps and Faber Castell Design Memory Craft™ products!

SUPPLIES:

Stamper's Big Brush Pens - May Green, Cobalt Blue

Texture Luxe Silver

Stencil 102 Collection

Gesso

Gelatos® - Passion Fruit, Buttercream, Watermelon, Lemon

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Texture Gems™ Ice

Whipped Spackle

 

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