Wednesday, October 24, 2012

'Nailed It' - Glitter Skull

Glitter makes everything better don't you think? Just ask any dancer....
For Halloween this year, I wanted to tie everything in color wise. Not really sure why, I guess maybe I am seeking a little bit of, um, unity? Heck, I don't know. I just decided that I wanted everything (well almost everything) to be black and white. Hence my 'Boo' Pumpkins, and the 'Ghost Blocks', and all my printables are black and white (with just a dash of orange)... it's kind of a theme. So, when I thought that maybe we needed something a bit more, well, Halloween-esque, I figured a skull would do the trick. But when I went looking, they were all very ordinary and a bit blah. No oomph. And then I saw these great glitter pumpkins at Michaels. But there was no way I was spending $15 on something that I knew I could do myself. I had glitter at home and Mod Podge, so it was just a matter of finding a skull. And wouldn't you know it, Michaels had a bunch of them on sale (woo hoo!). And with my 20% off everything including sale items coupon, I was out the door with a $2.50 skull. Yes Ma'am, I am nothing if not a bargain hunter.

So, with my ordinary skull (kind of like this):

And some black paint, some super fine black glitter (thank you Martha Stewart) and the every versatile Mod Podge I set to work.

First, a healthy coat of black paint (I would have spray painted it, but if you remember my experience with spray paint and Styrofoam on the Boo Pumpkins you know why I used acrylic instead).

(Ah, poor Yorick, I knew him.... well?)
Looking better already.

And now the fun part. If you have ever used glitter (and who hasn't?) you know that this stuff gets everywhere. So to prepare for that, I put newspaper down pretty liberally in the vain hopes that I wouldn't have much to clean up afterwards. Talk about an act in futility (I'm still finding glitter everywhere - it's kind of like can still find that stuff in your house in August!). 

So, apply a little Mod Podge, and sprinkle on some glitter. And repeat. And repeat. And repeat. Till it's fully coated. 

Master Yorick has a couple of bald patches, but that's okay - it gives him character.

So, my wonderful readers, what do you think? Did I 'nail it'?


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