Halloween Art Journal

Autumn is my favorite time of year, even if in California it still feels like summer! Now, I'm not a big Halloween person, but I do love pumpkins, and cats, and crows, so I decided I'd create an art journal page fall and I used this week's Gelatos® color of the week: Black Licorice.


Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal


I started off by sketching  my design...I wanted to keep it in more of a folk art style than a scarey Halloween one.

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Next, I chopped off a bit of Mango Gelatos and a tiny bit of the Cinnamon. I mashed those up and combined the mixture with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel
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I used the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Gelatos mixture to "paint" in my pumpkin, leaving the features unpainted. 
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Next,  I combined the Black Licorice Gelatos and the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and filled in the cat and the crow.
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To make the marks on the crow's tail, the cat's whiskers, and mouth I just took a sharp pencil and drew through the Gelatos/Glass Bead Glitter Gel mixture while it was still wet.
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I also mixed up a tiny bit of Watermelon Gelatos and Glass Bead Glitter Gel to fill in the ears and nose on the cat  and for the pumpkin stem I used Iced Chai Gelatos and Glass Bead Glitter Gel. Once it was all filled in I let the whole page dry completely before starting on the background. Now , I knew I wanted to have a darker background, but I also wanted to be able to see the cat and the crow so for the first layer I used the following Gelatos: Snow Cone, Boysenberry, and Metallic Grape.
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I used a baby wipe that I had squeezed out as much of the liquid out of as possible to blend out the Gelatos.
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 I allowed the backround to dry.

 I then outlined the cat and crow with a Black #199 PITT Artist Pen, and the pumpkin with a Dark Sepia #175.  I filled in all the details on the crow, cat, and pumpkin. I then got the idea to add some patterns to the background. Now, because of the waxy finish to the Gelatos you're not able to write on top of it with the finer tipped PITT Artist Pens very easily so I brushed on a thin layer of Gel Medium to seal it in so I could add those details.
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I wish you could see the glitter and texture on this page "in real life!" It's really neat!



Gelatos - Mango, Cinnamon,Watermelon, Black Licorice, Snow Cone, Boysenberry, Metallic Grape

PITT Artist Pens - Orange Glaze #113, Black #199, Pale Geranium #12, Dark Chrome Yellow #109, May Green #170, Magenta #133

Gel Medium

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Pencil & Eraser



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BOO! Halloween Card

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Hello spooky artists! This is Rachel again and I'm here to share this quick Halloween card. Halloween is only 10 days away! I hope your house is decorated and your candy bowls are full :)

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I started with a card base that I had very lightly Gesso'd, and blended Silver Ice and Metallic Icing Gelatos® throughout the background. The Design Memory Craft Gesso is great to make cardstock sturdier and more water resistant, as well as giving the Gelatos® a non-porous surface to blend. 

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Next,  I mixed the Cinnamon Gelatos® Color of the Week with some Design Memory Craft Glaze medium. I added a very thick and somewhat messy large strip of the Glaze across the card. When the Glaze dried it left an almost velvety look and feel to my card. It is such an easy way to make a big impact on a card!

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I really wanted this card to be all about the metallic colors that match so perfectly with Cinnamon Gelatos®. So obviously Gold Texture Luxe™ through a Mixed Media 102 Stencil was the next best choice! Have I mentioned already how much I love this stuff?! Because I love Gold Texture Luxe™. A lot.

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Now it's time to add the details to finish the card. I die cut a circle frame from some Halloween patterned paper to anchor my creepy boy bat stamped image. The stamp is colored with Art Grip® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils and topped with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel. For the sentiment I used Mixed Media 301 Stencils with Black Licorice Gelatos® to spell the word "BOO!".

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Thanks for stopping in! I hope you use this weekend to finish off your fun autumn and Halloween cards!



Gelatos® - Cinnamon, Silver, Metallic Icing, Black Licorice

ArtGRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Mixed Media Stencil Collection - 101, 102, 301

Textural Accents - Gesso, Glaze, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gel Medium



October Leaves - Art Journal Video

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Hello! Rachel here sharing an art journal page that honors the beautiful month of October! The Gelatos® Color of the Week is the gorgeous Cinnamon, such a perfect autumn shade. 

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I combined the Cinnamon Gelatos® with Metallic Blueberry, Boysenberry, and Snow Cone Gelatos, I just love the true blue shades with pretty browns. The art journal includes tracings of oak leaves from my backyard that I painted with Boysenberry Gelatos and traced with the gorgeous Gold Texture Gems™. I also used Gesso through a Mixed Media 101 stencil, then painted highlights on each polka dot with Cinnamon Gelatos.

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I used my Black Stamper's Big Brush Pen to very loosely trace my leaves on parchment paper. Then I painted the 'leaves' with Gesso before adhering to the journal with Gel Medium.

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The quote was added with the alphabet Mixed Media Stencil 301 using Black Licorice Gelatos.

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I also have a complete process video for this art journal spread! You can watch here or Click Here to view!



Gelatos®: Cinnamon, Boysenberry, Metallic Blueberry, Snow Cone, and Black Licorice

Texture Gems™ Gold


Gel Medium


Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Mixed Media Stencil Collection 101, 102, and 301

Asphalt Texture Paste

Whipped Spackle






DIY Fall Earrings

Cinnamon Gelatos - Fall Earrings - Erin Bassett

These fall earrings were really fun to make and I love how they turned out. Often times larger earrings are heavy, but because I chose to create them with paper-mache,  they are really light, easy to wear, and feature a great fall Gelatos® color: Cinnamon!


To begin, I used my Scan N Cut to cut out this shape using a thin piece of chipboard. They are 1.75" x 1.60" in size.  Of course if you don't have a die-cutting machine you can just create a pattern and cut out two of them.
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Next, I took a lot of layers of ripped up tissue paper and adhered it to the shape with Gel Medium. I allowed it to dry between layers and just continued to build it up to the thickness I wanted.
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Since I wanted both sides to have that fun texture and thickness, I devised a clever way to allow them to dry by bending paperclips and hanging it off of one of my tool baskets.
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Next, I mixed up some of the Gelatos Color of the Week, Cinnamon, and a little bit of Glaze and applied it to the earring bases. I allowed it to dry and then repeated that process until it was the desired look I wanted.
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After they had thoroughly dried overnight, I took just a tiny bit of the Gold Texture Luxe and applied it to the earrings. Oh how I love Texture Luxe!
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I applied it with a damp (not dripping wet) finger to the earrings so that it really just transferred onto the high points of the folds of texture. I also applied it along the edge as well.

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I added a few beads and fishhook earrings and voilà, they are ready to wear!

Supplies: Thin Chipboard, Tissue Paper, Palette Knife, Glaze, Gel Medium, Cinnamon Gelatos, Gold Texture Luxe, Beads, Jump Rings, Fishhook Earrings



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The Not-So-Scary Halloween Owl


Hi everyone, Mou from Color Happy Creations here today with a tutorial to create a not-too-scary Halloween Owl!

Recently, I came across this fun Halloween quote on Pinterest:

"A Great Big Owl in a great big tree, On a night so dark, you could hardly see, Was watching the lights in the deep ravine, Where the witches danced on Halloween."                                                                                                                                                                         


It inspired me to alter this chipboard owl I found in the children's craft section at Michaels using our Gelatos® color of the week, Cinnamon. Let me show you the steps.


Use Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Gel Medium to attach the parts to the owl as shown.


Prime the slick surface of the owl with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso to receive colors better.


Color the ears, wings and belly with Cinnamon Gelatos®. Blend colors with a slightly wet brush.


Color around the eyes and the feet with Caramel Gelatos®.


Color the body and below the ears black using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Chalkboard Paint.


Sketch some details on the owl with pencil. Color around the eyes with Gelatos® Iced Coffee.


Accentuate the details with a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft  PITT® Artist pen.


Lay the leaf pattern stencil from the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft 102 Stencil Collection on the owl's belly and apply Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle with a palette knife. Remove stencil immediately and let the medium dry on the owl.


Add some white specks to the owl's body with Gesso and a paint brush.


Here's a close-up of my owl.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and that this project inspires you to create handmade decor′ this Halloween.


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® colors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Iced Coffee

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Chalkboard Paint, Gel Medium, Gesso, Whipped Spackle

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft 102 Stencil Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool Set

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Journaling PITT Artist Pens

Others: chipboard owl, paint brushes





Hello Beautiful Jewelry Station Featuring Lime Green Gelatos

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Hey friends!  Adrianne here with you today to share an outside-of-the-box jewelry display solution that allows you to express your inner artist in a fun and functional way.  This jewelry station is a great place for all your go-to pieces - the ones I always end up leaving on my night table or the bathroom counter because I wear them so often.  I'm determined to clean up some of the clutter at home and this solution was fun to make!

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I started with a MDF initial, and added Gelatos® (highlighting the color of the week, Lime!), Texture Luxe, Gel Medium and Glass Bead Glitter Gel before finishing it off with a set of decorative knobs.  Green is my favorite color so I have really enjoyed this week's Gelatos color!

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I began by covering my MDF letter "A" with a couple base colors.  I mixed a bit of each of three colors - Metallic Icing, Acqua Dolce, and Passion Fruit - with Gel Medium, spread it over the piece, and allowed it to dry before adding some geometric stencils.  

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Next, I mixed Lime Green Gelatos with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  If you haven't tried tinting the gels or textural mediums in the Design· Memory· Craft® line, it's so easy!  Simply cut off a small bit of the Gelatos with your palette knife, add a dab of the medium you're using, and mix them together.  

It helps if you first crush the solid Gelatos - I just squash it with my palette knife before mixing!  It helps to more quickly dissolve and mix with the gel.  You can use palette paper for your mixing, or I just do it directly on my craft mat  and wipe it clean with a baby wipe between colors.  

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I added a hexagon theme using a stencil from the 101 stencil collection and hexagonal knobs.  I used both small and medium hexies in my piece, because while the "A" itself is large enough for this project, there actually aren't a lot of large spaces to work on with a letter cutout.  If you're using a plaque or a letter with more surface area, larger shapes would work well also!  

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The 301 stencil pack is filled with letters and numbers.  Many are pre-cut expressions, but that doesn't mean you're locked into saying only what the stencil reads!  I used the word "hello" from the multi-lingual greeting design and the word "beautiful" from a stencil that reads "that beautiful smile".  While I knew I wanted the shine from the silver Texture Luxe, I also wanted to begin slightly darker than the silver shine to help my words stand out as much as possible.  

I mixed a bit of Squid Ink Gelatos with the first layer of stenciling.  If you're wondering why I planned for more than one layer, I'll let you in on a little trick of mine!  It begins with a confession: I rarely manage to create perfectly stenciled shapes and letters over other textures.  When you have this kind of "oops", you can wipe it off and begin again in many cases, but what I have found is that it's also a fantastic base for building textures and raised lettering and shapes.  

By starting with a darker shade and allowing it to dry, you can re-set your stencil over the same letters and brush lightly with a lighter shade (in this case, un-tinted Silver Texture Luxe).  It draws attention away from a messy first try and allows you to smooth out any textures you're not satisfied with.  Two layers also really makes the letters stand out!  With a soft color like silver, you have to rely on more texture if you don't want the letters to blend into the background.  

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Once the stencils have dried, you can add additional color to get the look you want.  In my case, I wanted a little more green.  I applied Lime Green Gelatos directly to the board in a few select places, and blended it to soften the color.  This way it coordinates with the hexies, but doesn't compete or draw the eye away.

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After the entire piece has dried, there's just one step left - to add the knobs that turns your art into a jewelry display station!  I drilled four holes along the diagonal of the "A" (the placement of knobs on each letter will vary!  Play with the layout for yourself to determine how many knobs you want, and their ideal placement).  To the topmost knob, I also added a hanger to the backside of the piece.  

Finally, I finished the raw wood edge with a bit of green by applying Lime Green Gelatos directly the the edges and blending it to smooth the finish.  

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If you discover that the screws that are included with your knobs are a little too long for your slim MDF, you can either make a quick trip to your hardware store for shorter screws, or you can increase the number of pieces your knobs cam hold by adding something to the front side between the MDF and the knob.  I added 11mm large hole crystal beads to my piece (partly because I make a lot of jewelry and I didn't have to leave the house by opting for this solution.  Hey, I like to work with what I have!)

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The end result is a unique jewelry display that's a reflection of you!  This size is small enough to fit in most spaces, and it accommodates several pieces on each knob.  

I hope you enjoyed exploring this fun and functional art piece with me today, and I'll see you again soon!

Adrianne Surian

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Fall Themed Thank You Card

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  Fall is here and it is a great time to express gratitude.  Every year around this time, I begin to think about expressing and sharing gratitude with my family and friends.  During this time, I love to make cards that say, "Thank You," or just "Hello."  Pulling out the Gelatos® Orange Soda with a few others colors is perfect for creating cards with a "Fallish" feel. Here's what I did: 

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Use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Walnut Brown 177, Chrome Yellow to create your background.  Draw color onto craft sheet, spritz with water and drag card base through color.  Do this one color at a time. 

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Use the Scandinavian Stencil Set to add leaves. Rub Gelatos® Orange Soda, Iced Coffee, Lemon over stencil to create leaves. Blend various colors to create a "Fallish," feel. 

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Use a pop dot and add a circle sticker.  I used an angel sticker from the Tiare Smith Designs Angel Sticker set.  Tie a bit of twine in a bow under the sticker. 

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Lastly, add a handwritten sentiment.  Add dots, scribbles and accents using Texture Gems™ Gold

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Me in PinkTiare 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 weekly prompts, creative challenges and process videos. 

She also hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, as well. 

Join her for more creative fun at


On-the-go Travel Journal Tutorial by Mou Saha


Hello there, Mou here today with an on-the-go travel journal tutorial for you using various Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® products along with a Clear Scraps Chipboard and Acrylic album!

You can approach an on-the-go travel journal in several ways - I sometimes approach it by creating the backgrounds in advance. This inspires me to work on the journal when I am traveling because I am not starting a blank journal which like a blank canvas can sometimes be daunting. Moreover, I have colorful pages to work on without having to carry a ton of products with me. In this case, I will be carrying just the brush tip pen from the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK set.

So, let's get started!

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Flowers and Flourishes

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Hi Beauties. Tiare here.  Today, I am playing in my mixed media journal.  I love putting together art journals.  I have tons of them for all kinds of reasons.   This one is filled with Design Memory Craft goodness.  Lots of playing with techniques here.  I decided I wanted to play with Gelatos® and try out a fun floral technique. Cute, right?  You should try it too.  Here's how.  

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First cover your background with Gesso.  Choose a fun background stamp, spritz with a little bit of water, color with various Stamper’s Big Brush Pens.  I used May Green 170 and Cobalt Turquoise 153. Stamp your image. 


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Color over using Gelatos® Colors Snowcone and Kiwi spread with finger or paint brush.  Be sure to spritz with a little bit of water or dip your paint brush in water first.  I really love how the Gelatos® and Big Brush Pens work together so well.


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Use Gelatos® Colors Banana to draw and color in flowers.  I added Gelatos® Colors Cinnamon to add a bit of shading and depth.   Use blender to blend colors. 


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Outline flowers, petals and stems using Stamper's Big Brush Black 188.


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Use Stamper's Big Brush Pen Black 188 to doodle in flourishes and to ink the edge of your page. 


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To finish it off, add splatters of Gelatos® Colors Licorice by flicking a wet brush across the top the Gelatos®.

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Me in PinkTiare 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 weekly prompts, creative challenges and process videos. 

She also hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, as well. 

Join her for more creative fun at

DIY Clock with the Color of the Week: Banana

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Hello friends!  Adrianne here with you today to show you how you can turn a MDF circle into a mixed media clock.  This week's color of the week - Banana - makes a cheerful background to this half floral, half steampunk design that brightens up any space.

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Gelatos® work wonderfully on wood surfaces both when applied directly and also mixed with textured mediums.  I'm using a combination of Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Gel Medium, tinted with Gelatos, to stencil layers of numbers onto my clock. Metallic Texture Gems™ in Pearl also help this piece to shine!

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First, I painted with the Gelatos to get a great watercolor look to the dandelion puff-style flowers.  Using Watermelon and Coconut Gelatos, I  layered strokes and dots in round designs using a paintbrush.  

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Next, I colored directly onto the wood with the Banana Gelatos for a vibrant background.  I evened the coverage by rubbing it gently with a paper towel.  To vary the colors slightly, I added a hint of Mango and Margarita Mix Gelatos in small areas to break up the solid look of the bright yellow.  

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Next, I added textures!  I found that the tube applicator of the Texture Gems works great for dots, but I wanted more control to make straight, small uniform lines.  I dipped the edge of a wedge sponge into a dab of the Pearl colored Texture Gems and used the sponge to stamp small lines all around each flower.

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Then, I used tinted gels to add textured numbers to the face of the clock.  Using your palette knife, cut a small amount off the Gelatos sticks you're going to use.  Then, scoop a small amount of Glass Bead Glitter Gel and / or Gel Medium and mix it well with the Gelatos to tint the gel.

Using more Glass Bead Glitter Gel will give you crisper edges when you stencil the numbers on and using Gel Medium will be a little softer and smoother.  You can use one, the other or a mix of both to get the look you prefer!  Allow the stenciled numbers to dry before layering on other colors and use a combination of large and small numbers for a hint of a steampunk look.  You can also paint with Gelatos to get subtle flat numbers that blend into the background.  

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Finally, drill a 3/8 inch hole in the center of the clock and follow the assembly instructions on the clock kit.  Adding clockwork parts is as simple as adding a few washers, the hands and screwing the assembly together!  

Note: when choosing a clock kit, it's sized based on the thickness of your clock base.  Because my MDF is 3/8" thick, I am using a 3/8" clock kit but a few different sizes are available.  Knowing the thickness of your base before buying your clock kit will ensure correct assembly in this final step!

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Once the clock parts have been attached, you can just set the time and mount your artwork on the wall!  Turning your own art into functional decor gives you a way to show off your style and you've got a one-of-a-kind clock that will catch every visitor's eye.

Thanks for joining me to check out today's project and I hope you're enjoying this week's color, Banana!  

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Supplies Used:

Gelatos: Banana, Mango, Coconut, Watermelon, Margarita Mix, Silver Ice, Grape

Texture Gems Metallics: Pearl

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Gel Medium

301 Stencils: Large and Small Numbers

Palette Knife

Wedge Sponge


1o-inch MDF Circle (3/8 inch thick)

Clockwork Kit (3/8 sized)