The color you see is the color you get!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

clearly painted...

Hey everyone, I'm back with a spouncer tutorial as promised!

Today we are going to play with clear plastic! There are a lot of companies that make acrylic or acetate die cuts/mini albums... Any of them will work, or you can make your own. I like to keep the flat parts of clamshell packaging and die cut them. It's a great way to recycle!

What you need:
Acrylic or Acetate die cuts
Creative Inspirations Paint
Paint Brush
Spouncer (or makeup wedge) 

 Step 1: choose your acrylic/acetate die cuts, or make your own.

 Step 2: brush on a light layer of CI paint with a paintbrush. It will look streaked, splotchy, and horrid right now, but it will help the next coat stick. 

 Step 3: Using the spouncer I told you about yesterday, pounce on a second coat of CI paint. This coat should cover well.

 Using the spouncer does two things for us here... 1) puts on a nice thick coat of paint without leaving the streak marks a paint brush tends to leave on slick surfaces, and 2) leaves a fantastic texture!!!

*if you don't have a spouncer, use a makeup wedge. Pouncing on non-porous surfaces will give you the most even coat. 

 The spouncer (or makeup wedge) makes adding CI paint to the edges easy!

*note: I didn't pounce on the Mango paint, I brushed it on. I'll enlarge it so you can see the detail better.

Can you see how streaked it its compared to black parts I did above?  I did this intentionally because I wanted the brush marks on this part of the wings.... I just kept in mind that I would see them and made their directionality part of the design. 

Your piece is now ready to use!

 Here are a couple tips for you:
1) use a clear liquid adhesive made for non porous surfaces (like Glossy Accents by Ranger) to adhere your acrylic pieces to your projects.

2) make the painted side the BACK of the project (so the glue would go on the same side as the paint). Why? Well, because the paint has nothing to sink into, so it can and will scratch off. By placing the paint underneath, you protect it. Your color and sparkle will still show and seem to be encased in glass.

3) try putting your painted acrylic piece over different colors/patterned papers... because you can still see through your piece somewhat, you can get some really interesting effects!



Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Fabulous work Kassi. You always come up with cool things for us.

Anne Temple said...

Gorgeous! Definitely want to try this.