Come See Diamond Tech Crafts at In The MKNG!

 

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There’s a brand new festival coming to Bethel, New York, and Diamond Tech Crafts is going! In The MKNG is a festival that celebrates inspiring creativity and imagination, ideal for anyone who loves crafting. You’ll find it September 29th and 30th, 2018, from 10am to 6pm on both days at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

 

Diamond Tech Crafts is excited to participate with the other vendors, over 100 total, who are joining forces to help people of all ages that love DIY crafts come together. There will be hands-on experiences including ones that little ones can enjoy. Live demonstrations will show you new techniques to try out. Interactive activities will give you something new to explore. There will be opportunities to shop our showcased products, taste great food, and see live musical performances.

 

You’ll find us at booth S-25 where you can come join in a make-n-take demonstration, bringing home what you’ve made. We’ll have our own interactive projects, games, and much more. If you’re going, be sure to stop by and see us. Plus, if you enter the code EXMKNG56 when you buy your tickets, you’ll get a ticket discount if you do it before September 28th.

 

Looking for something fun to do in New York? Head to Bethel for the In The MKNG creative festival and learn something new from Diamond Tech Crafts!

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New Mosaic Mercantile Products Now Available at Diamond Tech Crafts!

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Diamond Tech Crafts is excited to announce that we have new Mosaic Mercantile products that you can buy direct from our site. It makes getting everything you need to spark your innovations for creativity even easier!

 

All the mosaic supplies you need by Mosaic Mercantile are all available right now at Diamond Tech Crafts. Choose from ceramic tiles in an assortment of colors and sizes. Ceramic tiles are available in one to three-pound increments and can also be found in colors like pink, green gingham, purple, blue swirl, brown, chessboard, and more.

 

Through Diamond Tech Crafts, you can also get the stellar Mosaic Mercantile glass tiles that you love. Assorted bags of frosted glass in a variety of shapes along with sparkle and mirror-style glass come in colors like chartreuse, blue, dark purple, clear and more.

 

We also have all the Mosaic Mercantile tools and supplies you need to make your next work of art. Sanded grout is available in many colors from charcoal and snow to sienna and taupe. Choose from mounting grids, mounting paper, pre-mixed grout, tool kits, a variety of nippers, as well as adhesive to help you bring your glass art mosaic visions to life.

 

Because we carry only the best products for your crafting needs, we know that if you haven’t yet tried Mosaic Mercantile products, you’re going to love them. With summer ending and the holidays virtually around the corner, now is the best time to get crafting to make gifts and decorations in plenty of time!

 

Back to School Ideas for Every Student

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Whether you’ve got kids heading to elementary, middle, high school, college, or are even a student yourself, school is almost back in session. That means lots of hectic planning and organizing to start the school year off on the right foot.

 

At Diamond Tech Crafts, we have innovations for creativity that can help you keep spaces organized creatively. We’re sure you can craft something up that will make the school year more productive. Need inspiration? Try these ideas on for size!

 

KraftyBlok Koolness

We love KraftyBlok because of the amazing versatility for creating innovative ideas. For example, college kids can turn it into a decoupage bank that they can use for pizza or beer money. This kaleidoscope lamp is another cool idea that will make any dorm room more cozy and fun. There are many unique ways to use this product for back to school.

 

Memo Board

No matter what age the student, a board for memos is always a useful tool to keep organized. Our memo board project can help you get started on creating one today!

 

Scrapbooks and Custom Notebooks

Here’s a neat idea you won’t want to scrap. Our project for back to school scrapbooks is a great send-off gift for any college kid, or to personalize bland notebooks too. After all, back to school should be a fun time with school supplies that match our style, not make us blend in with the crowd.

 

Dollar Store Organization Techniques

There’s much you can do for back to school organization by stopping in your local dollar store. You can get the basics from plastic file cabinets to desk organizers and customize them in artful ways. Even if these things are less than exciting for your kids, like organization stations and command centers, they’ll keep you all organized and make getting to and from school as well as all the after school activities everyone has going on that much easier. Plus, staying organized leaves you more time for the fun stuff in life. Make your organization stations fun to interact with and pretty to look at and it won’t feel like a chore to use it.

 

There are so many ways to get creative with back to school. Get started now so the first day back is blissful instead of bonkers!

 

 

 

How to Make Beautiful Glass Art Out of Your Vacation Keepsakes

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Don’t let summer end without making a beautiful memento out of your vacation keepsakes! Whether you adventure at the beach or theme parks, you can immortalize your favorite vacation memories into glass art pieces that you can display year-round at home or at your office to give you a little pick-me-up until it’s time for your next vacation.

 

At Diamond Tech Crafts, we love inspiring creativity. Check out our 3 favorite ideas to make your vacation keepsakes today!

 

KraftyBlok shadow box

We love KraftyBlok because you can use it to create some truly amazing keepsakes. A shadow box is a great idea because you can take sand and shells from your beach stay or create a fun theme park box filled with souvenirs from Disney World or Universal. You can even turn it into a light!

 

Mosaic frame

Take those vacation photos and frame them up mosaic-style. Or create a mosaic board that incorporates your tickets, photos, fabrics and anything else unique from your vacation. Make it a desk or shelf-top version or something you can hang up on your wall. Diamond Tech Crafts has all your mosaic supplies!

 

Stained glass panel

Why not turn your favorite images into a stained glass panel? Real-life images can be the best inspiration for your most beautiful glass art pieces. You can turn any photo into a stained glass panel with the right tools!

 

The sky is the limit when it comes to creating cool glass art vacation keepsakes. Diamond Tech Crafts has project guides that can inspire your best ideas too. Incorporate your unique mementos into them for a one-of-a-kind keepsake you’ll always cherish.

Diamond Max 2 Listed Ranks #2 for 2018’s Best Glass Grinders by Ezvid Wiki

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Diamond Tech Crafts is proud to announce our achievement of ranking #2 on the Ezvid Wiki list for glass grinding tools. Ezvid Wiki was the first video wiki in the world, founded in 2011. It now is among the top 3,000 websites in America. With a YouTube channel that has over 300,000 subscribers and over 175 million views since its founding, Ezvid Wiki has helped inform buyers by providing over $200 million in purchasing decisions.

 

It’s a big deal to be selected as one of the elite, and we’re proud to make the cut, pardon the pun. The data was compiled from twenty-three hours of research and is an impartial assessment of glass grinder options available to buyers in the US. They specifically noted that our Diamond Tech Power Max II provides steady rotation speeds even with thicker materials and an effective cooling system with an easy-glide grate surface.

 

You can find it in the tools category. Click here to view the Wiki and thanks for helping us achieve such a notable distinction!

 

America’s 9 Best Art Museums to Visit During Your Summer Vacation

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Summer is finally here, and that means it’s time to pack your bags for the ultimate summer vacation. Sure, you can fill it with loads of swimming and sunning, but with the predicted heat for 2018 all across the country, it’s good to have a few places to go where you’ll no doubt appreciate the high-functioning air conditioning.

 

And while you’re inside cooling off, why not check out some art for your inspiration? Art museums are great for getting up close and personal with iconic classics as well as checking out new artists. They also help bring us inspiration in the things we want to create. If you have kids along with you, art museums help their creativity flourish too.

 

So without further ado, here are Diamond Tech Craft’s top picks for the 9 best art museums to visit this summer!

 

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – New York City

This famed NYC art museum features a permanent collection that spans different departments like drawings, film, architecture, painting, sculpture, and photography. See works by Picasso, Van Gogh (including everyone’s favorite, The Starry Night), Matisse, Monet, and many more. There’s also a gorgeous sculpture garden to behold.

 

  1. The Art Institute of Chicago – Chicago

It would be impossible to see everything this stunning art museum contains, but it’s certainly worth a try. There are over 300,000 works of art and artifacts in this Chicago institution. Bits of buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, an enchanting Modern Wing, breathtaking views of Millennium Park and paintings from some of your favorite artists. Fans of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will surely recognize this museum from the movie!

 

  1. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – Los Angeles

If you’re spending some time out in California this summer indulging in Rodeo Drive and watching the Hollywood starlets, take the opportunity to spend a few days perusing this iconic museum. The entrance installation is worth stopping in for all on its own, however you’ll love the amazingly eclectic array of art from around the world and centuries ago. From classic to contemporary, LACMA is a celebrated star itself!

 

  1. Philadelphia Museum of Art – Philadelphia

When you head to Philly to try an original cheesesteak (worth the trip alone!), don’t forget to see this museum. As one of the largest museums in America, it has over 200 galleries that span from the first century to modern times. Paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and much more can all be found here, plus it’s where you’ll find the best collection of American realist artist, Thomas Eakins’ works.

 

  1. The Cleveland Museum of Art – Cleveland

Going to Ohio for some roller coaster-related thrills? Take a break from the sun and excitement for some indoor fun at this museum that is just over 100 years old. It is famed for an amazing collection of Asian and Egyptian arts, as well as medieval pieces from Europe and America.

 

  1. The Museum of Fine Arts – Boston

Since 1870, this classic art museum hosts all things new and old with a dazzling collection of works that include Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, tons of Monet, and much more, to the tune of about 500,000 artful objects. Boston is a fantastic place for a family adventure to learn about the rich history of our country and where much of it began. When you explore here, don’t forget to see the artsy side of things at the Museum of Fine Arts.

 

  1. The Menil Collection – Houston

Texas is not all rodeos and BBQ! There’s art to be found here too. Case in point: The Menil Collection in Houston. Here, you’ll get to see pieces from Byzantine works to Surrealist items with galleries that include works from notables like Twombly and Warhol, to name a few.

 

  1. Smithsonian American Art Museum – Washington, D.C.

It was the first museum in the country devoted to American Art. The Smithsonian Museums are all purely fascinating, free, and you’ll never be able to see everything in each of them, particularly this art museum, in one trip. But you can have fun trying! While exploring our nation’s capital, this is one museum you don’t want to miss!

 

  1. M.H. de Young Museum – San Francisco

The building itself is a contradiction of sorts, but coming here is a must for those that want to experience a unique collection of objects, paintings, crafts, sculptures and more all hailing from places like Africa, the Americas, and Oceania from between the 17th and 20th centuries. You’ll even see King Tut’s treasures! But if you want a cool freebie to score during your stay, head up to the observation tower which requires no admission fee and allows you to see the Golden Gate Park with exquisite views from above, perhaps the most stunning work of art of all!
Have a safe, fun, and creative summer from your friends at Diamond Tech Crafts!

Learning from Your Art Mistakes

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Whether you’re crafting for fun or you’re trying to grow professionally in your artistic creations, you may come to a point where you go through growing pains. Art mistakes happen even to the most revered of artists. It’s important to recognize when you make a mistake in your art and move forward instead of dwell. Here are some common art mistakes that artists of all kinds make and how to overcome them so you keep growing and channeling your creativity positively.

 

Having unrealistic expectations

The most common mistake artists make, especially new ones, is to have unrealistic expectations. You can’t expect that everything will turn out like an award-winning masterpiece, or even turn out the way you were hoping. You may want to create a Tiffany-style lamp but your skills aren’t quite there yet, and that’s okay! When something doesn’t turn out right, look at what went wrong and find your way to getting it right with every progressing project.

 

Not learning new skills

No matter what avenue you pursue for your artistic passions from painting to sculpting to glass art and beyond, if you don’t take classes to improve and learn something new, you’ll always be stuck in the same place. Even the best artists in the world learn new things when they can. It helps fuel your creativity and gives you a chance to incorporate the new skills with your new projects.

 

Winging it

It may seem the opposite of creativity, but planning and organizing for your art projects is an important step. It’s not just about your talent and creativity though. Without proper planning, you may not be able to effectively execute your project. If you’re making a mosaic and you don’t set up your pattern first or plan for your colors, you might run out of materials. But be careful! Don’t overthink it and plan too much! You don’t have to make an overly-detailed outline of every single step you’ll do to bring your project to life, but you should have plans set up so it can go smoothly and in the right direction.

 

Constantly comparing yourself to others

Great works of art can be great inspirations. But stare at them too long and you might second guess yourself. Don’t strive to be them. You’re you! Use those elements they used to inspire you and keep in mind that these artists started somewhere, just like you. And like all art, some people will love it while others will hate it. You can’t please them all so go with your own personal flow.

 

Stop trying to be perfect

Sometimes, it’s those little imperfections in our art that make them truly perfect. Remember that and you’ll be more likely to enjoy yourself when you get lost in creating your art.

 

Need some inspiration? Diamond Tech Crafts has plenty of project guides that can help you learn and grow in your art skills while having fun!