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Pinty Plus Aqua Spray Paints | Moon Art

I'm really happy to be sharing a collaboration with Pinty Plus Aqua 2017 today and a project that has added [a little colour] and decoration to my bedroom.



| WHAT YOU NEED |

Pinty Plus Aqua Spray / Canvas / Masking Tape / Bubble Wrap / Scissors / Tape




| HOW YOU MAKE IT |



I really wanted to test out the versatility of the paints in this project and the techniques that could be used to create an interesting, large-scale art piece.

I have had the idea of a larger moon print for my bedroom in my drafts for months and this provided the perfect opportunity to finally make it.
I chose fairly muted tones [light orange, grey fig, black knight and white lady] to reflect where the piece would be and just 4 colours.

As this is using a large scale canvas, I created my own border to separate the colours with masking tape, with a view to show how the colours can build and graduate:
Starting with light strokes, moving side to side and holding the spray down constantly, I built the colour up to be completely opaque on the sides of the canvas and outside border, using lighter, constant sprays and spraying from further away as the colour is brought to the insides of the border.  This creates a graduated colour from the outside in:
[Quick note - don't worry - the paint came off the wall easily!]

The next step was to create a little detail to the background sky, so I used a plastic plate to act as a template to where the moon would be placed and bubble wrap to cover and protect the outside border:
I highly recommend bubblewrap as a material to create templates from - it's really easy to cut, light weight, cheap and won't mark or ruin your project.

Using the grey fig and dark knight spray paints, I tried a different technique to the border, applying from far away and using shorter sprays and very light pressure on the nozzle.  This meant that the paint create a splatter effect, much like a galaxy background.  I layered the two colours and built up the detail in stages:
The paint dries fairly quickly, so you can move on to each stage in succession, rather than wait for each layer to dry.  Once happy with the background, I removed the plate and used it to create a template in my bubble wrap so that I could cover the entire canvas, apart from the moon section:
Secure everything with tape to ensure all areas of the canvas are covered and a clear template for the moon is created.
Using a photo of the moon to act as a guide, I layered my colours by background, foreground and detail.  The background colours were the darker shades of grey fig and dark knight, the foreground was white lady and then the three would be used again for adding detail.
Starting with grey fig, I began spraying in light, constant strokes, concentrating the spray where the colour was darker, more built up and opaque.  I then moved the spray further away to help blend that concentrated colour:
Using the same technique, I added dark knight in short, sharp sprays to keep control of where the paint was going and how it built up:
Next, the main colour of the moon and using the spray paint to add more detail.  With the spray paint close to the canvas, I concentrated the colour with short sprays:
I then blended this colour out with sprays from further away, gradually adding the spray paint from around half a metre away to add specks of colour and texture to the overall finish:
Finally, the detail was created and having used the paint in a variety of ways to this point, I had the confidence to vary the distance and pressure applied to either create a build up of colour, a splatter effect, or a concentrated area of colour.  I varied between the three colours until I achieved the overall look I wanted [still using a photo of the moon as my reference and guide]:

 Once completely dry, I removed the bubble wrap to reveal the finished moon:
 ...and then the masking tape to reveal the border:
I like the overall contrast of a build up of colour as the border, graduating in to the picture was easy to achieve with the paint - with a constant pressure, the build up is achievable and moving the nozzle further away allows lighter coverage:
Adding a little colour to the background ties the palette together:
...whilst the build up of colour for the moon creates a softer outline and much detail:

Against the exposed brick in my bedroom, the colours nicely compliment, but whilst muted, the build up creates lots of detail and interest - I'm really happy with the result.
Overall, I found the Pinty Plus Aqua paints much more versatile and easier to use than ones I have used before.  Smaller in size, they are much easier to control and concentrate the paint and the variety of effects that can be created using different pressures and distances mean that all sorts of art projects can benefit from either the blanket of colour they can provide and variations in the shades, or the detail and texture they can create.

So if you fancy a go, or are interested to find out any more, do give the website a visit to see the full range - www.novasolspray.co.uk/

I have not been paid to make this post, but Novasol did kindly send me the Pinty Plus Aqua spray paints to try - thank you!

DIY Halloween | Drink Up Witches Glitter Banner


Halloween party? Be there for the Boos.

| WHAT YOU NEED |

Stickers | Glitter Card | Ribbon | Scissors | Washi Tape

| HOW YOU MAKE IT |

Welcome to the second and final instalment of 'Halloween DIYs to cover my home in glitter' - a quick.last minute make that creates a pun-tastic decoration for your home.  It really doesn't need explaining, but......

Begin by creating yourself a template, using one of your stickers, placed to space the top and sides evenly and then create a banner with your scissors:
This can then be used to create the remaining card banners, before adding your remaining stickers:
Secure a length of ribbon to the back of the banners, with the distance evenly spaced and you can also create separate hangings for each word:
Now hang in your chosen space, whether above a bar cart:
or switching your 'drink' for 'eat' and you have yourself the perfect food table decoration.
Simple, stylish and easily changed to suit your decor with coloured card or larger letter stickers.
Happy Halloween!
P.S - sparkle skull tealight holders [also a quick make] here: http://thethingsshemakes.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/diy-halloween-glitter-skull-candle.html

DIY Halloween | Glitter Skull Candle Holders

It's been quite a while since glitter has made an appearance on the blog - what better DIY to change that with than these sparkly glitter skull candle holders?

| WHAT YOU NEED |

Skulls | Silver Glitter | Mod Podge | Glue Brush | Battery Tealights | Craft Knife

| HOW YOU MAKE THEM |

Luckily, if you feel Halloween is racing towards you and you're running out of time, these home decor additions don't take an more than 30 minutes to make.
Start by trimming the hanging loop from the top and using one of the tealights to mark the skull and act as a guide:
Begin removing sections of the polystyrene with the craft knife, using the tealight to continue marking as each section is removed:
As the skull sits at an angle, but the tealight wants to sit flat, keep using it to check the depth required at the front and back of the skull to ensure it can sit neatly and securely:
Once you are happy with the holder created, you can move swiftly on to the best part - glitter!
Cover the top of the skull in mod podge and then sprinkle the glitter generously over the top, leave to settle and set for a few minutes, before shaking off the excess, gathering up the glitter and repeating the process to cover the bottom:
Once covered and completely dry, you can protect your skulls with hairspray, spray glue, or more mod podge [but be aware that in some cases, this can dull the glitter]:
Add your tealights and it really is as simple and quick as that:
Display as part of your usual decor:


...or as an addition to any other halloween-themed decorations:
As always - safety first! Never use a real candle in or near these polystyrene holders. Seriously [and even more seriously if you used the hairspray as a glitter setting option]
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