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Alcohol Ink Glass Pendant Demonstration

Alcohol Ink Glass Pendant Demo
Alcohol Ink Glass Pendant Demo

Alcohol Ink is a fun medium to work with. I’ve been making jewelry by painting alcohol ink onto glass pendants. Once the ink is dry I glue it to card stock, seal up the back, and turn it into jewelry using various jewelry findings. I’ve posted a video on YouTube showing the process. The title of the video is: Alcohol Ink Glass Pendant Demo.

The Directions

For the first step I usually paint something using masking fluid on the back of the glass piece. This is the design element I want to keep free of ink. I’ve painted a tree on a hillside, a dragon fly, a cat, and a mountain scene in the video above.

Next, once that dries, I add the alcohol ink. The rubbing alcohol can be used to clean your paint brush, to move the ink around, thinning it, or making shapes in the ink.

After the back of the glass is covered in ink, I remove the masking fluid. Then I may go back in with my paintbrush and add some details. It’s best to keep the ink as dry as possible while doing this, otherwise your design may run.

The ink will dry quickly. Then, using the diamond glaze, I will glue the glass pieces to white card stock. I let the glaze dry and then paint the back and side of the glass with more diamond glaze to seal the piece. This make it water resistant by protecting the paper backing.

Once the glaze is completely dry I will use the e6000 glue to attach findings or to glue the glass into a cabochon. This dries quickly into a strong, rubbery attachment. It has a strong odor so please use the glue in a well ventilated area.

If you’d like to try making an alcohol ink glass pendant necklace check out the supply list below.

The Supply List

Alcohol Inks

Glass Pendants with Cabochon

Rubbing Alcohol

Masking Fluid

Diamond Glaze

e6000 Glue

You will also need bright white card stock and paint brushes.

Thank you for watching my Alcohol Ink Glass Pendant Demonstration. If you have any questions please leave a comment. I hope you have fun painting! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel if you enjoy watching art tutorials and funny family videos. Check out my other alcohol ink paintings here.

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DIY Painted Cat T-Shirt Tutorial

My daughter is obsessed with cats. She will only wear cat clothes. As a result, she asks to wear a cat shirt or cat dress and cat leggings every single day. The only alternative she deems acceptable is leopard print. Leopard print is her new neutral. Who knew Leopard print would be such a big deal with the preschool crowd? Three year old girls are fashion gurus. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

The problem is we only have a few items of clothing with cats on them. We didn’t know the cat-clothing-catastrophe would descend upon us so quickly. I can’t keep up with her daily demand because laundry doesn’t happen by fairies. I do the laundry. It’s me! Only me. Why can’t there be laundry fairies? Why? I needed a solution that allowed me to completely embrace my laundry procrastinating ways! I had to find an inexpensive way to expand our cat clothing collection. My budget conscious wheels were turning.

I bought a pack of Hanes boys t-shirts, some acrylic craft paint, and got to work (I am an Amazon Affiliate. Clicking theses links will take you to Amazon where you can quickly purchase the items you need to start painting). You can watch my DIY Painted Cat T-Shirt tutorial below.

DIY Painted Cat T-Shirt Instructions

Step 1: Put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt so your design stays on the front. You can paint the back after the front has dried.

Step 2: Water the acrylic paint down until it is a thin liquid. This helps the fabric fibers absorb the color. If the paint goes on too thickly it may come off in the wash.

Step 3: Paint a simple cat outline. Or any other animal your child is currently obsessed with. Then let the outline dry.

Step 4: Fill in your cat with paint. Choose colors wisely because they do tend to bleed into each other a little. So think blue and yellow so if the colors mix you have some green. Red and yellow gives you orange. Colors on the opposite sides of a color wheel will give you a brown or gray.

Step 5: After your cat is mostly dry begin painting the background. Once the front is dry, flip it over and paint the back of your shirt. Let it dry completely.

Step 6: Wash it in cold water and tumble dry on low. You may see some fading similar to tie-dye over time.

Step 7: This step is for the kids. Grownups should close their eyes so they don’t become alarmed. Kids, wear your cat shirt daily so your parent has to do laundry every single day…or they break down and makes you many more shirts. The more the merrier, right?

Or just go full on leopard print because you only live once!

DIY Fairy Garden Play Set For Kids

I made a DIY fairy garden play set for my daughter and now you can make one too!

DIY Fairy Garden Play Set

Here is the supply list:

  1. Wooden Doll People like these I bought on Amazon.

2. Artificial flowers (bought mine at the Dollar Tree).

3. A  plastic tray (another Dollar Tree purchase).

4. Small clay pots (or even plastic will do).

5. Sharpie Fine Point Markers or paint to draw the faces.

6. Hot glue gun.

7. Scissors.

WARNING: Depending on how old your child is they may want to help create the fairy garden. They may want to draw the faces or choose the flower parts to make hats, clothes, and wings. My daughter helped with both. If this happens, your fairies will be perfectly imperfect, so give your kid the tools and hum “Let It Go” to yourself as you lose total control over your craft.

Then just make your own fairy garden exactly the way you want it.

DIY Fairy Garden Play Set For Kids

 

Step 1: Pull apart your artificial flowers and decide which parts would make nice hats, wings, and skirts (or any other clothes you want). My daughter wanted a crown on her King and Queen so she found some flower parts that worked. You may need the scissors to make bigger holes or to cut individual petals.

Step 2: Using the hot glue gun glue your flower parts to your wooden dolls. We made skirts out of petals, crowns out of the greenery, and wings out of both. To make the wings you can fold one side of a petal and glue it into a point and then glue the point side to the dolls back. Let the glue cool.

***Hot glue is hot so never let little kids use it. They will get burned.

Step 3: Using Sharpies (or if you have a very steady hand, acrylic paint will do) give your fairies some faces. My daughter wanted to have a baby fairy crying and a grumpy mom (I have no idea where she got that idea). The ink does bleed a little so make sure you give yourself enough space when making the eyes or they will turn into two blobs. If this happens you can pretend your fairy has two shiners that he or she received after getting into a drunken brawl before visiting the garden. Probably not a great thing to tell the kids, but I am sure you can come up with an equally as entertaining story. Perhaps something like this: Ms. Fairy was crying so much that her mascaara ran…or even better just turn those eyes into sunglasses and call her a “beach fairy.”

Step 4. Get the plastic tray and hot glue the pots and flowers to it to create a garden. We left our pots empty because my daughter’s fairies like to fly in and out of them, but you can fill yours with flowers or turn them on their sides.

DIY Fairy Garden Play Set

Step 5: Let your kids play with the fairies in the flower garden. When they are finished they have a cute little play set that can be left out as an indoor fairy garden decoration. For extra fun leave little notes from the fairies for your child. Trust me, they love that sort of thing!

Step 6: Pat yourself on the back for making your own toy. High-five your spouse. Strut around your living room like a super hero mom or dad. Then go read a book, take a bath, or drink coffee and stare out the window completely lost in your own thoughts, while your kid plays quietly for the next 5-20 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

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