So its official, I LOVE GLITTER! I want to use it where ever possible and I have been actively searching for projects that specifically call for those shiny little specs. If you can get past the fact that it creates a huge mess, its actually a great medium to work with.
As a young child I remember getting sand art craft sets. The idea was to remove the backing of part of the sticky canvas and sprinkle coloured sand on it, tap it off, remove another section and add a different coloured sand. What you would end up with was a landscape or a picture created with sand. That is why this glitter deer head project gets me so excited. Its simple, fairly inexpensive and looks sophisticated once complete.
- Canvas board (found mine at a local craft store which cost me about $3.50 each)
- Liquid glue (I used basic white school glue)
- Glitter in one or multiple colours
- Toothpicks (I used these to spread the glue)
- Deer bust template or any other shape that you desire
Before you start make sure your hands are really clean and dry. It can be quite the disappointment to complete your project only to find that there are a couple finger prints on the white canvas.
Carefully cut out your template and attach it to your canvas board using clear tape. I eyeballed where center was but if you are picky, you could measure and mark the center point. Next, outline lightly in pencil and remove your stencil.
Work in sections so that your glue doesn't dry before you have the chance to sprinkle the glitter on. Squeeze the glue onto the canvas back slightly from the pencil line as you will want to push the glue into place. Spread the glue slightly past the pencil mark so that you wont see it once complete. There is no way or removing the pencil so it is best to cover it up.
Avoid overlapping glue onto dried glitter as this will create a chunky and bulky appearance. Below is the completed piece. I particularly like this template because depending on how you look at it, it looks like either a deer bust or a moose head.
Word of the day: Gesso
A white paint mixture consisting of a binder mixed with chalk, gypsum or pigment. It is applied to canvas to protect it from oil paints.