So I have been chronicling my “ART” wall in the kids’ playroom. The letter ‘A’ was done in buttons seen here. We are hanging the art using a clothespin board seen here. Now I have the letter ‘T’ finished. The letter ‘R’ looks a little sad and plain still so I am adding one more embellishment and then I will show the whole wall.
I had noticed on Pinterest that some bloggers had been using white glue to create designs on a canvas. White on white art is very pretty to me. My wedding cake was white icing with white design pipped on. Classic, clean and pretty. I wanted to do something similar with one of my letters. My thought was that I would paint the letter white, use glue to make a simple swirl design, spray paint a color on top and then peel off the glue to leave the white underneath showing the design. What ended up happening was completely different and I really like it.
What you need
- A chipboard/wooden letter
- White spray paint (optional)
- Color of your choice spray paint
- White glue (preferably in a bottle with a fine point)
How I did it
- I decided to spray paint the chipboard letter white first. My original thought was that I would peel the glue off and have white left underneath. Since that didn’t happen, you could still spray paint the white to make the color pop. Think of it like a primer on the wall.
- If you are not good at free hand designs then I recommend very lightly sketching the design you want to be embossed on the letter.
- Place a very thin layer of glue over the design. Glue spreads so the original line will end up thicker in the end.
- Once the glue is dry, spray paint the color of your choice over the whole letter. What you have in the end is a letter that has an embossed effect on it. The color I chose happened to be a bronzy/silver so it really looked like a metalish embossed letter.
What I learned
- The glue you choose will dictate the design. The glue I chose was on the runny side so the designs I drew ended up a lot thicker then I envisioned.
- Be patient and wait for the glue to completely dry. You might end up waiting until the next day to spray paint. It is hard but if you spray paint with wet glue you can cause the glue to spread and splatter.
- Even if your original idea doesn’t turn out, that doesn’t mean you won’t end up with something fantastic.
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Has there been a project that you thought would turn out one way but ended up completely different?