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!
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.
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.)
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.
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!
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!
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.
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).
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.
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!
12x12 Sheet 40# White Paper
.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