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 Wood Heart Frames!
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.
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SUPPLIES I USED
- Wood Heart Frame
- Artist’s Loft Grey
- Artist’s Loft White
- Artist’s Loft Black
- Artist’s Loft Silver
- Artist’s Loft Metallic Purple
- Artist’s Loft Deep Yellow
- Artist’s Loft Orange
- Artist’s Loft Blue
- Krylon Crystal Clear Spray Paint
- Flood Floetrol
- 3 ounce Dixie Cups
For this project, I selected three of the wood heart frames I purchased at Michaels Arts & Crafts. After selecting the paint colors I wanted to use for each frame, I mixed my paints with 3 parts Floetrol to 1 part paint. I wanted to use a different paint technique on each frame so that they will be unique.
The first step is to take out the heart cutout that is in the photo window. You will want to keep this cutout to use it as a template for your photos when you are finished.
Once the cutout is removed, make sure the metal prongs holding the cutout are pulled back against the frame. This will make it easier to paint the opening.
00:14 Wood heart frame: I painted the frame white to help cover the wood grain and inconsistencies. I layered grey, white and black paint into a small 3 oz dixie cup, and then I poured onto the wood frame using the Tree Ring technique. I made sure I added some paint around the heart so that it would be easier to cover. Make sure that when you tilt the frame that the paint goes over the heart cutout edges. This will help give a clean, finished look when completed. You may also paint the back of your frame a solid color if desired.
01:44 Wood heart frame: I painted the frame black to help cover the wood grain and inconsistencies. I used the Swipe technique for this frame. I selected four colors and added one drop of silicone into each color. After I gently blended the silicone into the colors, I alternated the colors on the frame. I added white to the top as my swipe color and then pulled the white down over the rows of colored paint lines.
04:08 Wood heart frame: I left this frame unpainted with no base-coat. I used the remaining paint in the cup from the first frame, and then I added colors from the second frame. I used the Ribbon Pour technique with this frame.
FINISHING (SEALING) YOUR WOOD HEART FRAME
Once your frames have been painted and dry, it is time to finish them. There are several ways to do this, but I have found the easiest and fastest way is to use crystal clear spray paint. I set up a table outside and place the frames on 3-ounce dixie cups. I spray a thin layer of paint on each frame vertically and then horizontally. I let them dry for about an hour (I’m in Arizona, it’s a dry heat, so things go a little quicker than cooler areas.) Once dry, I repeat for the second layer. If needed, I will add a third layer, but two layers usually work fine.
ADDING YOUR PHOTOS
Your wood heart frame comes with a cutout template you can use to cut out the photo. You removed this template at the beginning of your project. Put your template behind the photo and look at it in front of a light to see what your photo will look like once cut. Once it is in position, flip your photo over and trace the template. If you are having trouble keeping the template lined up while you flip, place a small piece of tape in one area to hold the template to your photo.
Once your template has been drawn out, cut out your photo and place it in the frame. I always keep the template behind the photo in case I want to change the photo in the future. This also helps strengthen my photo, especially if I use copy paper to print on.
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