Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Some Girls....

     When I saw this quote, I knew I had to use it to make something for my "Glitter Girl." I mulled it over for a bit, then decided to use this format from a piece of wall art I made last week. I got the idea from another blog, but now I can't locate the link to give credit where it's due. Mine is similar, but not exactly the same as hers.

     I looked up "glitter" in the dictionary and copied the definition, then chose my fonts. I especially liked the last definition, "the quality of being spectacular." That's my girl! I took a 12" square canvas and used basic acrylic craft paints to make a variegated background of light and dark grays, beige, aqua, and white. While that was drying, I printed my images to transfer to the canvas, using this technique from the Matsutake blog. While I was waiting for the paper transfer to dry, I cut a piece of foam core board 15" square to form a frame for the canvas. I wanted some texture and I didn't want the foam layer to show around the edges, so I wrapped the edges with masking tape and layered small strips of it to form about a 2" frame around the outside edges. Once that was done, I sprayed it with metallic silver paint. VoilĂ , instant bling! Pictures are posted on my tutorials page for reference. 
     I used rub-on transfer sheets to make the rub-on letters to go around the outside edges of the frame and applied them. When the paper transfers were thoroughly dry, I wet them down and rubbed off the paper backing, leaving the crown and lettering. I sealed it all with a coat of Mod Podge and used glitter Stickles paint to add "jewels" to the crown and highlighted part C of the definition, so she'd know that was the one that applied to her the most! Once it was all dry, I applied plain paper to the back of the foam core frame to give it a nice finished look, and glued the canvas to the center of the front.
     Another inexpensive, unique, and personal piece of art to hang on her bedroom wall, oh yeah!