Question: What do you do when you have a unused clutch and way too much time on your hands?
Answer: This . . .
So lets get on with it shall we?
You will need
- Anything you want to cover in awesome, used Bag, Shoes..etc.
- Decoupage Medium (PVA Glue mixed with water OR something like Mod Podge)
- Comic Books (preferably non-glossy)
- Damp Sponge Brush
- A Small Paint Brushes for PVA
- Exacto Knife/Scissors
- Acrylic Sealer or Hairspray.
- Credit Card or something similar (to smooth out bubbles/lumps)
- Steel Wool/Sandpaper ( to get rid of brushstrokes)
- Nail Buffer (for Glossy/Glossier finish)
1. Cut out desired characters/words/scenes. But keep few big panels to use as your background.
Tip : Try to choose with less detailed panels for the background. That way the main characters will stand out more.
2. Place out the pictures, until you desire. Be careful on the edges of your item, make sure the images overlap on the edges so that it will look seamless.
Tip: For tight corners, use small pictures layered on top of each other.
3. Use a small paint brush and PVA glue to glue the pieces onto your object. First start with the larger images, like scenes/backgrounds, then place a layer of more ‘detailed’ images, like main characters.
4. Gently smooth out bubbles with a credit card so the paper doesn’t crinkle (For smaller images you can just use clean fingers) . Wait for the glue to dry. Keep layering characters on top until your happy with how it looks.
5. Dampen the sponge applicator with water (you don’t want it to be too wet, just damp to touch, this helps to reduce brush strokes on your end product). Start to apply a thin coat of decoupage medium to your item. You’re going to need 2-3 coats but you must wait for the coat to dry for 20-30 minutes before adding the next one.
6. Between coats Use Steel Wool or very fine damp sand paper to smooth out brush strokes or any bumps and lumps.
7. Now, Patience my pretty…. You’re going to have to wait a few days for the glue to completely dry (just to be safe). It helps reduce the ‘stickiness’ (if you used Mod Podge you’ll know what I’m talking about).
OPTIONAL: Buff with Nail Buffer for shiny finish
8. Spray coat item in sealant spray. (I used hairspray because I’m a cheap mofo)
9.This final step is ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL!! Take your fabulous self with your awesome accessory and strut about town, while making your nerdy friends extremely jealous.
The end result is pretty bad ass, don’t you think?
Best thing about it is that now I have the combined mutant powers of X-men and Magneto guarding my valuables from thieves….
Have a go of it! I would love to see what you crafty kittens make!!
Who is your Favourite Comic Book character?