Thursday, October 7, 2010
What is it about this season of fall and foliage that inspires so many of us? The ideas and inspiration floating around are overwhelming. I see so many great projects that it is hard to decide where to start. I continually have to remind myself that I cannot do it all in one year and pace myself. I tend to take the things that really make my pulse race and run with them.
One of my "omgosh" moments this year came from "Creepy Cupcakes" who linked to an amazing skull plate over at "The Answer Is Chocolate". I'm not one to take a great idea and copy it so I added my own flavor to the work.
So to start I gathered my supplies. Mod Podge, a glass plate ($1 @ Walmart), some graphics from random image sites (I used the search term Vintage Halloween), paint brush, scissors, craft paint and a plastic bag to protect the carpet and put the paper scraps in. Oh yes, did I mention that I was working on the carpet due to the fact that the Steelers were playing and I didn't want to miss a play. Talk about a great day...Halloween crafting and Pittsburgh Football....Hell Yeah!
Select the theme you want for the plate and cut out your images. I chose a full circle cut-out for the center and more detailed for the edges. Coat the front of the image with Mod Podge and place it on the back plate with the image showing through to the front. When adhered brush the podge around the edges to secure.
Let dry for approx 15 min then begin the painting process. I used ordinary crafting pain and a tea towel. I dab the towel into the black paint first and begin a sponging pattern. After working the whole way around do the same with the lighter color, I used orange. When these are no longer tacky to the touch I take the black around the outer edges just to finish it off and fill in any gaps.
This method is ultra forgiving and leaves so much room for creativity. When the paint is dry I coat the entire back with another layer of Mod Podge. Clean up the front and BAM instant Halloween art. Love it!