“kreativAll”-Fair in Wiesbaden

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This past weekend I visited the kreativAll fair in Wiesbaden. It is mainly a profit-oriented fair that allows the over 150 exhibitors to sell their products. You can find anything from pearls, fabrics, and much more to stock up your craft-supplies. Although I was hoping to find more gimmicks, but I saw these great upcycling ideas that I wanted to share with you…


Since I love music, these guitars made of cigar cases caught my eye. And yes, you can actually play them! If you have an old ukulele, here is a great idea to convert it into a cute birdhouse. For more information, check out blues-bones.de!

Do you have any old vinyl records at home that you cannot listen to any more?! I think it is sad to leave them lying around with no purpose to fulfill… Upcycling-Deluxe shows us many ways to reuse them

I hope you found some inspiration in these ideas! Maybe, next time you want to throw something out, think of a way to create something new without causing waste…

 

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New Guide to Coloring – Patterning

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Hey guys! This is the last part of my series on the “New Guide to Coloring” by DesingOriginals. I thought it would be fun to show you that there is more than just color to a picture. If you have large areas that seem boring to you, why not add your personal note to it by filling the spaces with patterns. The Coloring guide describes patterning as „the use of different shapes and lines to add interest to areas of a coloring design“. Basically, squarethere are no limits to patterning: dots, waves, squares, circles….

Here are some tips that might help you get started!

1.opposites go great together, eg circles and squares

2.If you have trouble coming up with enough patterns, try variations in size, length, and placement

3.large spaces are easiest to pattern, they are perfect if you are new to the craft

heart4.the pattern doesn’t always have to be in black, you can use different media and darker shades of the color you are coloring with. Remember the rules of combining different media from the first article

5.You do not have to pattern every area of your picture or color one whole area, eg. let the pattern fade out

Of course the number one rule, as usual, practice before starting to pattern! I think patterning is as much relaxing as coloring itself. Plus, you are creating a unique art piece! Here is a great step-by-step illustration of how a picture can come together:

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Happy Valentine!

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Whether you’re a Valentine or not, showing your loved ones that you care should be reason enough to say „I love you“ or „ Thank you“ with something self-made! How about this beautiful and useful heart-shaped pin board?

materialsMaterials:

  • Cork (10 or more) depending on size of the corks and the size of the heart)
  • Hard cardboard
  • Red ribbon
  • Hot glue
  • Cutter Knife
  1. Cut the cork

cutting-the-corkCut the cork in slices approximately 3 inches thick. Please watch your fingers!!!

  1. Arranging the heart

Arrange the cork pieces on the cardboard into a heart shape. Then roughly outline the edge with a pencil. The outline will help you maintain the shape of the heart in case something shifts out of place.

  1. Glue the cork

I recommend to leave the cork in the heart shape and glue one piece on the cardboard at the time.

  1. Cut out the heartarranging-the-heart

Cut as close to the edge of the cork as possible. Leave a little extra piece of cardboard on top to make a hanger.

  1. It’s color time

Glue a red ribbon around the edge of the heart to make a frame. Make sure the width of the ribbon equals the thickness of the cork and cardboard structure. Use hot glue to fasten it.

  1. Finishing off with a ribbon hanger

There are many ways you can fashion a hanger for this cute piece… I left a small beam of cardboard connecting the two sides of the heart. You just need to pull a ribbon through the hole and fashion a cute little bow!

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It’s very simple and fast, although the cutting of the cork can be tricky and hard work. Consider it an arm workout;-)