Glitter PaintingsFebruary 13, 2012 3:56 am Cardmaking, Craft Trends, Crafts, Kid's Crafts, Paper Crafts, Valentine's Day
By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog Geek with Glasses.
In our house we are always looking for ways to express ourselves artistically and we are totally obsessed with glitter. This year for Valentine’s Day my daughter and I decided to make our own cards instead of buying them. Then we decided to glitter them instead of coloring them. They turned out so awesome that I wanted to share them with you. The technique is simple and all it takes is a selection of glitter colors and glue. The end product can be as basic or as complex as you like.
- Wax Paper
- Dish for water
I designed our Valentine’s on the computer using some hand drawn art and text , then I made multiple cards on one page. I printed them out on a heavy cardstock and cut them to size.
I water down the glue. I use a 2 parts glue to one part water. The reason I water the glue down is because I feel it’s easier to paint with and it dries faster than using straight glue. Drying time is a big part of this project!!
I use a tray to work in that way all the glitter is contained. I also use a piece of wax paper under the project to collect the glitter that gets tapped off. That way the glitter can be dumped back into its container to be reused.
Once the cards are ready and the glue is mixed, pick a section of the art and start painting on the glue. Think of it like a paint by number type project. Start with a small section and use only one color at a time. I suggest starting with the lightest color and work through the colors to the darkest.
After the glue has been applied sprinkle on the glitter. Tap off the glitter and keep going with the same color. Once that color has been completed, STOP! Let the whole thing dry before moving on to another color. The goal is to get a nice coverage of glitter, to cover the background completely and have the different colors touch each other just as if they were paints.
The last color I used was a black glitter for the type and outlines. For the tiny details I used a really thin brush, you can also use a toothpick. Or you can carefully NOT cover the printed black outline with any glitter, like in the pictures of mine before I add the black glitter. If you didn’t want an outline at all, the two sections of color need to touch or overlap just a little.
The results are really spectacular and it’s hard to believe that there is no other color than just the glitter. Husband was sure that we colored the background first then glittered over top, but we didn’t. Who wouldn’t love one of these for Valentine’s Day or any day. Don’t be limited to just cards, let your imagination and creativity go wild, think big, like wall hangings!!! Have Fun.