Monday, December 2, 2013

The easy way to paint a penguin - Make Gift Tags

 I’ve had a long obsession with cuteness!  When I first started in this industry, I made miniature characters in polymer clay.  Sculpting really helped me train my eye to see simple shapes. I was then able to translate this into 2 dimensional form and draw.  
The simple shapes of the dies in the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ really help make this little character quick, easy and fun!  Just another way to explore beyond.

To see the video in youtube - click here

Of course, id love to know what you think of this project and give me suggestions on what you would like to see!

Project Dimensions: Varies 

Spellbinders Supplies:
MMM-001 Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ machine 
MD1-001 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™  Ovals One Die

MD1-010 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™  Hearts Two Die Template
Shipping tag from office supply store
Craft foam
Acrylic paint: black, light blue
Alcohol markers - red, orange
Fine line permanent marker - black
Small strip of coordinating fabric
Double stick tape
Decoupage medium 
Printed phrase
Acrylic block
Cosmetic sponges

Cut one oval with the #3 and #1 (with #1 being the smallest) from craft foam. Cut one #2 heart from craft foam. 

Attach shapes to acrylic blocks with double stick tape to create foam stamps. 

Apply gesso to tag and allow to dry. Use a cosmetic sponge to daub on light blue paint to background to give a mottled effect. Let dry

Apply black paint to larger oval stamp and stamp onto tag in lower left corner.  Apply black paint to small oval and stamp onto body for arms. Refer to picture for placement. Allow to dry. 

Apply white gesso to heart stamp. Stamp an upside down heart in the center of oval and let dry. 

Apply decoupage medium over tag and let dry. 

Draw a triangle for beak with orange marker. Add feet with orange marker. Draw a red heart onto body. Add dots for eyes with black marker. 

Add any additional details and outline penguin with black marker.

Cut out and decoupage words. 

Tie fabric to whole at the top of the tag. 

Add touches of snow where desired with white gesso.  

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