It’s No Mona Lisa

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Other than the one art class I took in the sixth grade, I have no other traditional art training. Thank you YouTube. My hand is no where steady enough to write letters, so I cheat by using sticky vinyl and my Cricut. This will be one of my goals this year, learning calligraphy.

But before I get to the artistry, if you don’t know what a Cricut is, let me school you for a second.

It is the most amazing piece of machinery!

Ok, you’ve been schooled, just follow the link for more information. I do not have the Cricut Maker, though, this will be next on my Amazon wish list, for sure. I can only imagine the things I will be able to create with the Cricut Maker.

Yes, they are on the expensive side, but so worth having for the avid crafter! (FYI: I am not a paid advertiser for any company; I just truly love the product.)

Back to the ‘it’s no Mona Lisa’ art.

I usually begin by bringing thought to paper, tracing out a sketch of what ideas I have for a project. Don’t know about you, but I’m more likely to follow through with ideas if I start with a sketch. Call it performance anxiety and perfectionism clashing. Or do they go hand in hand? 😉

Next, finding the perfect font on the Cricut design studio and cutting it on the vinyl. As for the art, I start with a base color, letting it dry and then adding the letters as straight as I can before beginning to paint. Often times, the color will come off a bit when the piece is complete and the vinyl comes off. There are a couple of techniques that I use if this happens. Since the letters are already traced out, you could follow up with a writing brush or an oil based sharpie.

I used the oil based sharpie on the picture above. Thank goodness, through trial and error, I did not completely make a mess this piece. As I used the sharpie on each letter, I would cover it with gold embossing powder and blow dry. I wasn’t sure how this would work with the other paints, but with the everything being dry, it worked! I needed the letters to pop because they were melding in with the rest of the painting before I used the pen.

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Have an amazing day! Stay creative!

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