April 11th, 2011
★ Let’s be creative again! . For the first part of the tutorial go here.
★ 5. At this point you should have your thick paper pendant base smoothed. What now?
You need a paint, preferably acrylic one. The other types, like watercolor or gouache would probably be ok, but they are usually diluted with water and that would need some experimentation with paper, which can warp with too much moisture. The effects might be worth it though!
This time I use a cream color . I paint the paper carefully, on the edges too. Than I let it dry and very carefully sand it. When that’s done, and the dust is brushed off, I apply final layer of paint.
★ 6. Your ‘little canvas’ are dry? Time for some ornament!
I really like to decorate the back of my pendants with pencil. But again, experiment with other mediums. Just have in mind that the back of jewelry touches the skin, so it shouldn’t be rough.
see! The Bearded Lady moustache are perfect here!
★ 7. So you’ve decorated the back of the pendant. Now it’s good to seal the image. When acrylic paint is water resistant once dry, the pencil or crayon will smudge. I use decoupage vinyl glue, applying it gently with a brush. Be sure to wash the brush afterwards or you can just throw it to trash.
Decoupage glue dries quickly, but let it sit for two days in a warm place, and it will dry completely, creating water resistant, transparent layer. There are many brands of decoupage glue, and they might be a little different in thickness or curing time.
★ 8. THE FRONT!
When someone purchase one of the large prints from my SHOP, I attach a small, pre cut, scalloped picture for making your own pendant/brooch. It’s fun. <:
But.. I’m sure that at home you have something that might work just brilliant! Search your drawers, find a buried treasure and use it in a creative way to make something for yourself or a friend.. you can also draw your little painting, using pencils or markers .. acrylics will be brilliant too. If you want to use watercolour or gouache, it’s good to glue layer of thick, watercolor paper to the front, and paint on that.
I did used the tiny archival prints here. I also seal front with the decoupage glue, but that’s a bit more tricky to use on photos. So if you’re not sure about the effect, and cutting your image out of the photo, experiment on the scraps you won’t use.
Your pendant is ready! Hang it on a ribbon… or… if you have more experience with wire-work, make loops and attach a chain. yeah! be creative! :*