Hi everyone! Welcome to our first day of DIY Gift Giving ideas that you can create. Fluid Art is so much fun, and with the holidays upon us, I thought it would be fun to share with you 10 of my favorite DIY gift-giving ideas so you can create beautiful gifts for your family and friends.
Each day I will post a new idea for you to get inspired from. I will list the materials I used that include links for you to purchase them yourself. Each post will have a video that I have created to see how I completed the project, step-by-step. As always, contact me with any questions or comments on this post, or comment on the video post on our YouTube channel.
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Are you ready to get started with this project? Let’s create 3D Mask Art!
BONUS: I decided to add a little bit of extra fun into our 10-day event. I will be giving away the Resin Beach Tray that I created in Day 1 of our 10 Days of DIY Fluid Art Gift Giving event! The give-away instructions are detailed at the end of this post.
I am excited about this project because I am in love with the 3D effect the mask creates on the canvas and how it flows from the mask onto the canvas. This project has so many possibilities, not just with color but also with embellishing the mask. I recorded a video posted on our YouTube channel that shows the three different masks I created. The project information is listed below.
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- CraftSmart Neon Orange
- Artist’s Loft Aqua Green
- LiquiTex Basics Cobalt Blue Hue
- Artist’s Loft Light Violet
- LiquiTex Cadmium red
- CraftSmart Yellow
- Gold Extreme Sheen
- Liquitex BASICS Quinacridone Magenta
- Liquitex BASICS Medium Magenta
- CraftSmart Neon Pink
- Liquitex BASICS Deep Violet
- PEBEO Modeling Paste
- Paper Mache Masks
STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO TIMELINE
I recorded a video that shows how I created three versions of masked art. In each version, I tried different ways to adhere to the mask. I definitely like the last version better.
In all three versions, I mixed my paint with 2 parts Floetrol and 1 part paint to be a thicker consistency than warm honey. I poured the paint over the mask and canvas using the Ribbon Pour technique.
The Ribbon Pour technique is easy and fun! First, you layer your paints into your cup in any order you desire. I find it easier to slowly pour the paint down the inside of the cup so that the colors do not mix as much. Then, you pour the paint over your surface in any direction or pattern you desire. That’s it!
04:41 This first mask I am using a glue gun to adhere the mask to the canvas. Since this was my first time painting on the mask, I thought it turned out very well!
I used regular copy paper to fill the eyes. The only thing I did not like is how the dried mask showed gaps where it touches the canvas.
04:13 For the second mask, I am using Modeling Paste to help fill the gaps between the mask and the canvas before I added the paint. This was my first time using the paste. You will see how I am learning how to work it into the eyes of the mask. This definitely worked well! I let the paste dry for 12 hours before I added the paint pour.
13:04 I decided the second mask was too dark, so I decided to pour over it using less black and adding Metallic Gold. What a difference! I love the effects the gold created.
16:56 Now for the third mask. I decided not to fill in the eyes and to leave them open. I didn’t want the bright white back of the mask to be seen, so I painted it black.
I did a light wash of black paint on the canvas so I could see the modeling paste better as I worked.
I did not use a glue gun to adhere to the mask for this mask; the modeling paste holds the mask to the canvas. This worked very well and saved some time.
FINISHING AND EMBELLISHING
Once your mask has dried, it is now time to finish by sealing and embellishing (if desired).
I use clear spray paint to seal the masks. I have a table outside that I prop up the canvas with four Dixie cups. I spray two coats of paint on the canvas, from left to right all the way across and then up and down all the way across. Once dry, I take a good look and add another coat if needed.
TIP: If you plan on adding hanging hardware to the back of the canvas, I recommend that you do so before adhering to the mask. Once the mask is fixed, it is hard to flip the piece over to attach (hammer/drill) the hardware without damaging the mask.
Once the clear spray paint has dried, I let it rest several hours before embellishing. Embellishing is so much fun! You can use literally anything to add to the mask… feathers, jewels, gems, flowers, ribbons, etc.
I start by placing the items on and around the mask until I find the design that I like and then I take a photo of it so I can remember the placement.
Once the embellishments are off, I use a hot glue gun to adhere them to the mask, one by one and in layers. This is where the photo, my digital map, I took is beneficial. Have fun and enjoy the process!
What do you think about our 3D Mask Art gift idea? Contact us or comment on this post. We would love to hear your thoughts!