Monday, 2 October 2017

Sun catcher Wall hanging by Blog Coordinator Aditi Mahajan

Hello Everyone,

Time surely flies! It's October and I'm back with an inspiration for you for our October Challenge! 

Today I decided to make some DIY gifts for the festive season. These project ideas are so simple, that parents/teachers can teach kids to make them and they can proudly flaunt their hand-made creations. 

First up is a Sun Catcher Wall Hanging- Included the twist of lights in the form of the Sun and the celebration here are the festivals!

For this hanging, I altered an MDF piece, however, you could simply take an image of the sun from the internet and trace it onto chipboard (those good at drawing can draw it also). Next, cover the surface with gesso if your base is dark. Play with colors. Here I spread colors on the gell press plate and lifted them on my surface. First yellow, next orange and then some magenta. Do this on both the front and back, since it's a hanging both sides will be visible. Next, pick a stencil and place it on the base, dab some gold paint with a piece of sponge. This enhances the look and adds some interest. Cut out pieces of chipboard for the eyes, nose, mouth, and eyebrow and paint them. Stick them with glue. Punch two holes- one on the top and one at the bottom. String a few beads and a bell and tie it to the hole at the bottom. Similarly, string some beads with a hook and add it to the top. That's it, you have a fantastic wall hanging.

Here are some close ups:

Next, is a tea light holder.

For this, I used an MDF Coaster base, and brushed white gesso. I stuck some pieces of newspaper and then covered it with gesso again. I then used some modelling paste through a stencil for added texture. Next, I applied some sand texture. I then spritzed some colours. Next, On the sand texture, I used Inka gold to highlight it. Finally, I mixed some metallic paint to modelling paste and applied it with another stencil. 

Supply list:

  • MDF/Chipboard Base
  • Acrylic paints- Standard and Metallic Finish
  • Gell Press
  • Assorted Stencils
  • Beads
  • String
  • Bell
  • Plastic loop for the hanging
  • Inka Gold
  • Sand Texture
  • Modelling Paste
  • White Gesso
  • Newspaper pieces

Hope you're inspired and do participate in the challenge!Happy Crafting!Aditi