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CHA -Paper lines & More: Graphic 45

Reported by Jessica Ripley

Graphic 45 is one of those companies that I ooh and ahh over just about everything they put out. This summer was no exception. They once again brought new and gorgeous lines to the show.

An instant favorite was Halloween in Wonderland:

We fell in love with the Alice in Wonderland theme!

Another favorite is the Steampunk Debutante line.

Even the Graphic 45 booth employees were in the spirit of Steampunk, which was just so cool:

Their Christmas line did not disappoint either, full of rich and beautiful images:

We also got to peek at their new Staples collection, which are kraft, black, and cream coordinating elements to mix and match to your heart’s content. Staples include tags, trim, chipboard elements, stickers, and more.

I left this booth feeling so inspired. While vintage looks were a big theme of the show, Graphic 45 truly has it down to an art!


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CHA Summer: DIY Bangles

Reported by Amanda Talbert

By the time we got to the DIY Bangles booth at CHA, we had already heard about their products from the beading booths, the glue booths, and the polymer clay booths. Everyone was talking about these simple, lightweight, unfinished wooden bracelets.

The bangle booth had a huge array of crafters trying out all of their many skills on these little wooden treasures. Scrappers were using their lovely papers to great advantage with a little decoupage medium. Paint and marker artists were turning their skills into wearable art. Ribbon and polymer clay were both being used to add inventive texture to the smooth wrist adornments.

The bracelets sell for a range of prices from $2.00 to $5.00. DIY Bangles, which is a part of Indus Trading Company, also sells unfinished wooden beads and other shapes. We love wearable art… how about you?

Hot Wax Stylus Tool with Suze Weinberg at CHA Summer 2009

Reported by Jenny Barnett Rohrs

Part of the fun of CHA is that you meet people you’ve seen on TV, read online, or pored over their books. I got to meet Suze Weinberg of Ranger. Most of you know her from her Melt Pot action, but I got to see her showing off her Hot Wax Art Stylus.

It comes with three tips: a calligraphy tip for fine work, a spade for large areas, and a brush tip. It also has a wire brush to clean off the tips effectively. She was showing us how she melts her highly pigmented beeswax blocks directly onto a wood surface to create color and texture, but uncolored beeswax would work for encaustic techniques. The kit comes ready to go for $24.95, and the wax blocks are sold separately.

The beeswax blocks are saturated with color– not your average “crayon” type of wax at all! They are sold in some shades singly- such as white, black, and natural- but you can also buy 4-color packs as well to boost up your art (prices vary).

Here’s a quick video I got of Suze demonstrating her tool at CHA Summer 09 in Orlando, Florida.

She was delightful to meet, and a real sport. If you have a Hot Wax Stylus, leave a comment and tell us what YOU think of it!

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