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Watercolor, Illustration, Surface Design

Nutcracker Enamel Pin {and the story behind it}

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I love working in my sketchbook. There’s no pressure, I’m just playing around and having fun. The more I work at it, the more I love these loose fun illustrations. I’ve been using illustrations from my sketchbooks to create repeating patterns. And now for the first time, I’ve turned one illustration into an enamel pin!

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For awhile I had been was thinking, “What else – besides patterns – could I make with my favorite illustrations?” Years ago I thought about buttons, but I never moved forward with the idea. Then, a few months ago I began seeing enamel pins on Instagram. I loved the idea! My nutcracker seemed like the perfect illustration to use.

I had no idea where to go for a pin and wanted a recommendation so I emailed an organization I belong to – Craft Industry Alliance – and inquired about having pins made. One of the founders, Abby Glassenberg, has her own pin, “Sewist.” The other founder, Kristin Link, emailed me back and said, “Check tomorrow’s journal.” How coincidental that the following day the CIA journal included an article about having pins made, that included a list of vendors. It seemed like my nutcracker pin was meant to be! I hope you like it!

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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

5 thoughts on “Nutcracker Enamel Pin {and the story behind it}

  1. Very cool, Eileen!!! 😍👍 And thanks for the info!

  2. Hi Eileen:

    We too are members of CIA and always enjoy all the information in each journal, and coincidentally read that same article and have been considering adding enamel pins of our designs to our inventory….your pin looks fantastic – would you mind me asking which company you went with to have your pin made? Thanks so much and wishing you lots of success with your cute pin! Linda

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