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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so don’t forget to decorate your house before it’s too late! My house is looking a little less romantic than I would like for the upcoming holiday. I decided to create a little decoration to brighten my space and add a little sparkle. I’ve always wanted to try out glitter painting, and I thought Valentine’s Day was the perfect chance to break out my glitter and give it a whirl!
What You Need:
- Canvas of your choice
- Glitter in 2 colors (Candy Apple, Cherry Popsicle, Cotton Candy, and Bubble Gum from Martha Stewart Iridescent Pack used here)
- Mod Podge
- Large and Fine Paintbrushes
- “Be Mine” Template
What to Do:
You have 2 options when transferring your image onto a canvas. You can either cut out your image and use it as a stencil to trace along the inside of the cutouts, or you can do as I did and tape it to the back, hold your canvas up to a light source, and trace directly onto the canvas.
Once it is traced, place your canvas on a covered surface, and paint some Mod Podge on around the outside of your traced image. Make sure the majority of your surface is covered.
Use a smaller paintbrush around the smaller crevices and letters. Try to do this in little sections, so that the Mod Podge doesn’t dry.
Liberally sprinkle the lighter color glitter onto the Mod Podged sections until the whole canvas is covered. I used 2 shades of pink to add more dimension. It’s very important that you use your lighter color first so that you can cover any mistakes with your darker glitter. Allow to dry for 1 hour.
Tip your canvas on its side and remove excess glitter. Dump that glitter into a bowl so that you can reuse it for another layer. You’ll want to repeat the previous steps at least 3 times to get nice, even coverage. Allow the glue to dry completely, at least 3 hours before working on your new color.
Once your outside is dry, you can start following the same steps on your letters. Mod Podge the inside with your fine paintbrush. Cover all mistakes and pencil marks. Sprinkle your glitter on and allow to dry. Repeat exactly the same way as with the lighter colors.
Once everything is dry, give the whole canvas a nice layer of Mod Podge to keep the glitter in place. Allow to dry for about 1 hour.
Hang your canvas or lean it on a mantle, and celebrate!
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