Trend of the Month: "Comic-book Cool"
Lighten up! Fashion suddenly dropped the pout and embraced the smile. For spring/summer, comic-book art ruled the catwalk, bringing color and confidence, wit and winks to clothes and accessories. The smart thing about this look is that it’s strong—it gives the wearer a hit of attitude, making for looks that move away from purely girly and glamorous toward playfulness with a dash of power. So welcome some comic-book cool into your wardrobe! Pop your feet into sneakers decorated with splashes of color and Roy Lichtenstein-style crystals dots; decorate a backpack with a message in graffiti art; give a notebook a personal punch with vibrant, fun motifs; and create a color-clashing, multi-crystal necklace where anything goes—pearls and pendants, chains and crystals, just pile them on!
Patches: To make the patches used on the backpack, first cut out a paper template in the shapes or letters required to spell out a message or create a graphic image. Then take your preferred color of Crystal Fabric, pin your template to it, and cut around it. Now sew the Crystal Fabric shapes to the backpack, overlocking the edges as you go round. Decorate with Sew-on Stones or iron on Flat Backs Hotfix.
Beading: Using the simplest beading technique, thread beads onto cords secured at each end with crimp beads.
Gluing: Make sure the surface onto which you’re gluing the crystals is clean and free of any greasy marks; then use tweezers to place the crystals into position on your design, carefully wiping away any excess glue with a soft cloth.
Wiring: Create strings of crystals using pliers and a basic wiring technique.
Resin: Using epoxy resin is simple. Following the instructions on the packet, mix the amount you need—you won’t need much for the necklace pendants. Carefully fill a pendant with resin and then, using tweezers, apply your crystals one by one to create a sparkling pattern—you can use a toothpick to nudge them into the positions you want. Allow it to harden for 3 days.
The Create Your Style Trend & Design team created the designs inspired by this month’s "Comic-book Cool" theme. As usual, they come with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Each week we’ll come up with a new design, so stay tuned.
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