Saturday, June 9, 2012

CRAFT: What Becomes a Legend Most? GLITTER!

Hello everyone! Hope you're all enjoying your weekend. I wanted to share the craft I made last weekend with all of you, since you were all so very complimentary of the photos I posted on feisbuc and tuiter.

First of all-the AMAZING "Frida Calavera" painting in question was not painted by me (I wish!) but by my friend, the ludicrously talented and hilarious Cynthia Martinez of Fat Girl Escapades. I was touched beyond words when she gave it to me-you're the best, Cynthia!
Cynthia The GORGEOUS and Frida

I knew exactly where I wanted Frida to live, on the wall above my kitchen table. But when I raced home and put the canvas up on the wall, she seemed a little...I don't know, naked?
FRIDA BEFORE-I know, you're jealous of my giant fork and spoon. Everybody is.
I went to every art supply shop in town and scoured the internet. Everything I found was either too traditional, too plain or just too expensive. In desparation I headed down to my local Michael's craft store. NOTE: This is not a sponsored post for Michael's-I bought everything with my own cash and coupons, but I do love Michael's! I was so excited to find that they had wood canvas frame kits, so that you can buy exactly the size you need. They also had gold glitter Mod Podge on clearance-which I took as a sign. I decided to make a TURQUOISE GLITTER frame worthy of Frida!

I tried a patch of just plain turquoise glitter but it was just too, well, plain. That's when I remembered that I had a canister of silver iridescent glitter that my friend, Kathy Cano-Murillo (aka The Crafty Chica) had given me when we were at Hispanicize a couple of months ago!
Me with Kathy when she made an appearance at MY Michael's last year!
I blended the plain turquoise with the Crafty Chica silver...
It was MAGIC! The iridescence of the silver gave the turquoise warmth and life. YAY! I covered the individual frame pieces with Mod Podge and a layer of my glitter mixture...
Then sealed them with the gold glitter Mod Podge and let them dry. The whole process, with drying time and all, took about 2 days. Not 2 solid days of work, but two days while I took care of laundry, going to Weight Watchers and all the other stuff I do on the weekend.
Will they EVER be dry?
Then I assembled the frame per the kit instructions (with wood glue) and finally framed Frida! Everyone in our family loved the new frame (whew!) and agreed that glitter was definitely the way to go!
She's ready for her Close-up!
 FRIDA AFTER-Glitter makes EVERYTHING better!

This was a very easy craft that anyone with a 75-cent sponge brush and a bit of Mod Podge can make. As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing that soothes my jangled nerves after a busy day like a mess o' glitter. And Frida helps me keep it all in perspective. Whenever I get whiny, she gently admonishes me, "You think you've got problems? Don't even get me started, sister."

Wishing you love with extra cheese-
Nacho Mama

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