Handmade Accessories

Summer Clutch

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Hi!  I'm Laura Bray and I am  so excited to be one of the new Core Design Team members.  I can't wait to show you how you can use the Design· Memory· Craft® product line to create beautiful accessories, home decor and art projects.  I'm a professional craft designer and my goal is create tutorials that are functional and simple to make.  I live in Southern California with my husband and our eleven year old daughter.

Summer is here!  Time for vacation!  While packing for a beach vacation, one of the hardest things to decide is which purse or bag to pack.  I always feel guilty using valuable luggage space for empty purses and bags.  This project offers a perfect solution!  It's a large  9" x 10" pouch that is big enough to hold sunscreen and other beach essentials, or you can fold it over into a clutch.  Add a layered flower felt pin and your bag is now converted into an evening clutch - perfect for a late night dinner.

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Patriotic Watercolor Pendant

Hello, friends!  I'm Adrianne, and I'm going to share a patriotic-themed pendant with you today.  This piece is easy to make, and lets you share your red white and blue with your own style and flair!

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The silver frame is a pre-made jewelry tray available in the jewelry section of your favorite craft store, and it showcases your tiny work of art.  I'm going to share my minimalist star design today, but you can put your own spin on your design to wear a piece that is one of a kind!

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You can get the watercolor look you love easily using Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.  Draw or trace a single star on a 1" square piece of white watercolor paper, and color it in shades of blue (see supply list below for the colors used here).  With a paintbrush and water, gently blend the colors.

In addition to the watercolors, you can add your favorite textures, too!  I painted the star with Pearl Texture Luxe to set it off just a little more.

Note: my pendant tray has a 1" square opening, but consider other shapes and sizes!  You can trim your paper to the correct size, and place it in the tray to ensure it's sized properly before you begin.  

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Once the elements of your tiny work of art have dried, give the backside of the square a generous coat of glaze to adhere it to the inside of the pendant tray.  Coat the top with a heavy layer of glaze as well, and leave it flat to dry.  

When dry, string the pendant on a long necklace chain.  If you would like to add a handmade beaded charm, I'll show you the steps to create one!  These beads add a pop of red to the muted blue design for a simple and elegant look for Independence Day.

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Stack a few coordinating beads onto a 2" jewelry head pin (see below for exact supplies used).  Grip the pin just above the beads with a pair of round nose jewelry pliers.  Wrap the wire end over one side of the pliers, forming a loop.

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Next, wrap the wire end of the pin around the base of the pin, filling the space between the top of the bead and the loop you created.  Cut off any excess wire with wire cutters.  Attach a 15mm jump ring to the charm's loop, ensuring it's twisted fully closed to complete your beaded charm.  Alternately, you could use pre-made bead or metal charms to accent your art pendant!

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String the art pendant and charm onto a necklace chain, and be prepared for the compliments you'll receive!  I prefer a long chain of 30" to hang at the ribcage area, but a standard 18" necklace will work with most necklines.  (It's your art - wear it the way you love it!)

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Thanks for joining me for today's wearable art project!  Don't forget - this technique works well for all kinds of seasonal or personalized jewelry.  

Supplies Used:

White watercolor paper, trimmed to 1" square

Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils #141 and #144

Fine tip paintbrush and water

Texture Luxe, Pearl

Glaze

1" square silver pendant tray

26" silver necklace chain

2" silver jewelry head pin

8mm faceted glass rondelle bead, red

6mm faceted glass rondelle bead, white

4mm silver spacer bead

15mm silver jump ring

Jewelry pliers

Round nose pliers

Wire cutters





 

 


We asked Jen to share a few design team stories! "Memories by Jen Matott"

I have so many amazing memories from the five years that I've been on this design team.  I was one of the original crew that started when the Design Memory Craft brand started.  DSC05490

I was sent a pack of Gelatos colors in blue, Art Grip Aquarelle pencils and some PITT Artist pens to try out and create something with.  It was amazing!  Coming up with brand new ways to use these fabulous products was a thrill!  I fell in love with Gelatos and the entire Design Memory Craft line!  I had used Faber-Castell pencils and markers since I was a kid but these were so full of possibilities!  My banner was the first art piece in the ads.  It was so exciting!  I have a lot of favorite projects from my time on this team but I'll share a few of my favorites and a few memories along the way!

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This booklet will always hold a special place in my heart.  It was the first kit project that I made and I created the project pages for the entire kit!  It went on to be one of the best selling kits.  I loved coming up with different ways to use the Gelatos on each page!  I still get a thrill when I see it on the packaging in the store!  Which leads to the next kit: Mixed Media with Gelatos.  I love this page from that artwork!  It was another amazing adventure to create art for this kit!

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One of my favorite memories was getting to go to CHA in Las Vegas and Anaheim, CA!  What fun that was!  Lots of demoing and meeting people that I only knew from online.  It was a blast hanging out with the other designers and people behind the scenes at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft! 

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Every demo opportunity that I've had along the way has been amazing but especially with Marco's Paper!  Thanks for all those that stopped by and listened to me go on and on about these products and what they can do!

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Also, the trip to Cleveland, OH to meet with the rest of the design team and staff at Faber-Castell headquarters!  It was a dream come true.  Fun to explore the entire building, hang out with everyone and brainstorm the future!  I loved every moment of it!  

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There are so many good memories from working with these people and products.  I cannot say enough how lucky I was, how honored that they valued my artwork and ideas and that I got to work with such cool products!  I will be forever grateful for the long stretch that I got to work with this company!  But like all good things, it's time to move on and let some new artists have those same experiences.  I am sad to leave the team at this time but I have a lot going on at home with two very busy boys, my running/ training schedule and my own artwork.  I am an elementary school art teacher too so it is time to refocus my creative and personal goals.  I will continue to work with the Design Memory Craft products in my art and hope that I can still create work to show off these products.  Thank you for the amazing opportunity to inspire and share my love of art!


Doodle Tote Bag by Jen Matott

 

770620_1Jen Matott here to share a project that you might have seen a glimpse of on product packaging of our new large 13" x 13" Doodle Stencil Collection!  Yes, that bag is one that I created!  A canvas bag doodled on with PITT Artist pens,  Stencil and Gelatos® colors! I'll share how I created this so you can create your own unique tote bag!

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Spring Shoes by Jen

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Hi Artsy friends!  Jen here with another of my shoe creations!  I love altering shoes to wear with my basic outfits.  I always feel great wearing something that I created and something that is one of a kind. These shoes were purchased a local large store and were canvas.  Perfect for altering with Gelatos® colors!  I used Margarita Mix, Metallic Mint, Snow Cone, Lemon, Mango, and Passion Fruit for these shoes.  

 

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Art to wear: a glamorous earrings from a doilie

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Hello Giovanna here, this time with a super glamorous set to wear! I am an avid collector of thrifted stuff, like old doilies, so from one of these I made a couple of earrings, and a lovely pendant...and, ok also a matching keyring, I couldn't stop myself! :-)

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Texture Gems Decorated Poinsettia - with Lisa

Hi everyone! It's Lisa here on the blog to share a really special project with you. I have a 3-D Felt Poinsettia on Gessoboard accented with Texture Gems™ . This project DOES take a while to create, I won't lie to you, but it is soooo worth the effort.

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3 steps to clever gift wrapping ideas with Rita Barakat

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Hey there artsy peeps Rita Barakat here today! If you missed last weeks posts you might want to go and check it out. With holidays around the corner this is a great time to get creative about last minute gift wrapping ideas and we shared a lot last week! After all of that I was thinking how about those of you who say you have no time to get creative this season? Why not do a little double duty and get creative with your gift wrapping! I don't mean fancy ribbons or bows either!  I bet you thought this was a canvas? Nope it is a gift box! A 5x7, 3/4 inch deep gift box I "decorated" with my Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® products! You can create little works of art too and personalize them for the person who will be receiving this gift! It's easy, quick and I know you already have the supplies! Let's get started!

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