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DIY Spider Web Resin Tumbler

I love spiders and spider webs! I also LOVE Halloween! I know that spiders are not always everyone’s favorite but you have to admit they can create such beautiful and intricate webs. So inspired by their web art and the fact that I have always wanted to do the resin tumblers (*and that I was thinking of some great Christmas presents to start creating*) ~ Boom! the thought of combining the two popped into my head. I decided to create a Spider Web Resin Tumbler!

First you’ll need some supplies. Here’s a list of supplies I used to create this tumbler;

  1. 20oz Stainless Steel Tumbler: https://amzn.to/34sTydR
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  5. Spray Sealant: https://amzn.to/32pVi53
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  7. Thin Silver Nail Art Line sticker/decal: https://amzn.to/2EmJGHR
  8. Tumbler Spinner: https://amzn.to/34tRfan
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First I used the electrical tape to tape off the bottom of my tumbler. I like using the electrical tape because you can pull on it and make a great seal to protect the bottom (and top if you like) of your tumbler from the resin or glitter. *Don’t forget to make a tab at the end of the tape for easier removal later*. Then I sanded the stainless steel tumbler to give the surface some grip that the resin can adhere to. Just a light sanding to make some scuff marks on your tumbler is all you need then wipe off the debris.

Next you will want to spray paint your tumbler a similar color to the color of glitter you plan on using. For this project I wanted to use black glitter so I spray painted my tumbler with black spray paint. I used short even spray bursts from the spray paint can trying to make sure I didn’t over spray and get drips. Make sure to cover the whole tumbler with your spray paint color (the parts protected by the tape will not be spray painted). After the paint has dried I did a very light sanding (*do not sand hard and take off the paint*). Just sand a little bit to give some tooth to the surface for the resin but be careful not to sand off the paint. Just be gentle and take your time. It doesn’t take very long to get a few scratches in the spray paint.

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Prepare your surface for glitter time! I placed my Lolivefe Silicone mat down first to protect by table top and then placed a sheet of Parchment Paper over that to catch the glitter. Now it’s time to mix your resin. I used a high temp resin so it had a 2:1 ratio for mixing. Make sure to read the instructions on how to mix the resin you choose as they have different mixing ratios. I needed to mix two parts resin to one part hardner for mine. The nice part about using resin to adhere your glitter is that you have a longer working time to get all the glitter on your tumbler where as with spray glue it dries very quickly so you have to add the glitter right away and it’s more difficult I find. You won’t need much resin at all. I used a little less than 0.5 ounces so if you mix up 1 ounce and have a few pendants or other resin projects near by you can use up all your resin you mix no problem. I find whenever I’m using resin it’s good to have a few projects there in case I mix too much. This way I can make sure to use up all the resin I mix and none goes to waist.

*Tip* Use masking or painter’s tape to tape the inside of your tumbler near the top just in case you get any resin on your glove and it smears on the inside while your holding your tumbler.*

Make sure to wear gloves, I put my one hand inside the tumbler to hold it and use my other hand to apply a very very thin coat of resin to the tumbler over the black paint. Just spread it around the tumbler with your glove and make sure to get the whole tumbler covered. You will usually have an hour working time with resin so take your time and no rush. Once you’ve covered the tumbler with resin it’s time to add your beautiful glitter! I take the container of black glitter and pour it all over the resin on the tumbler making sure to get the entire tumbler covered. Give your tumbler a light tapping so the excess glitter falls off and check for empty spots. If you see some add more glitter. Let your tumbler sit for at least a 1/2 hour or 45 minutes and that’s when you will want to take the tape off from the bottom (and top if you taped the top) because it’s much easier to remove now than when the resin has completely hardened. You can also choose to place your tumbler on the tumbler spinner if you like but I did not find it necessary.

Now let your tumbler sit for at least 12 hours so that the resin and glitter cures to your tumbler. I just left mine over night till the next day. Remember to use the parchment paper to pour all the extra glitter back into your container to be used on your next glitter project.

Your tumbler is now dry and you will want to re-apply the electrical tape to the bottom (and top if you had before) to protect it once again. I gently tapped the tumbler so any extra glitter falls off and then I sprayed a clear glossy sealant over the glitter to make sure it stays in place. Now I grab my Tumbler Turner which I place on my protective Lolivefe mat and also used some parchment paper to protect over the bottom base of the spinner. Slide your tumbler onto your tumbler spinner where the foam holder part is sticking out. *I actually cut the foam from that came with the spinner in two as it made it easier to place the tumbler on and it was still super secure* Once everything is set up mix at least 1 ounce of resin. I used a little less than 1 ounce of resin to coat my 20 ounce tumbler so if you mix up at least one ounce you should be fine. Once it’s mixed turn on your spinner and simply apply a coating of resin to your tumbler. The spinner makes it really easy to apply your resin. I just used my gloves and went back and forth over the surface applying the resin and making sure I coated the entire tumbler. You will be placing more resin than when you first did the glitter as you want to coat over the glitter this time. Once your entire tumbler is coated with resin keep it turning and return approximately 1/2 hour to 45 minutes later to remove the tape at the bottom (and top if applicable). Now let it dry overnight or for at least 12 hours. It’s important that the tumbler keeps turning so that the resin will not pool and drip or dry funny hence the tumbler turner.

You now have a beautiful black glitter resin coated tumbler that’s ready for the spider web detail! I used thin silver nail art striping tape to create the spider web. I decided where I wanted the center to be and started adding the lines from there stretching them out in straight lines to the sides and around if need be of the tumbler. When creating the subtle “U” shaped parts of the web that connect from each line around in a circle I found it best to push with one finger down on the line tape and guide with the other hand into a subtle “U” shape. Cut the tape at the end of each section or as you need to. For the other side of the tumbler simply create your own line art design with the line tape to complete the line art all around the tumbler with the focus on the spider web on the front. See images below for inspiration.

I also cut a cute little sparkly silver spider out of vinyl using my Cricut Maker machine and applied it over the spider web art I just created. Once you are happy with your spider web and spider it’s time to add the final coat of resin to protect all that hard work of applying the line tape art. *Remember to re-apply the electrical tape to the bottom (and top if applicable).* Mix your resin for the final time. You will use approximately 1 ounce of resin for a 20 ounce tumbler. Place your pretty spider web tumbler on the tumbler turner and apply your resin using your gloves. Coat the entire tumbler making sure to get a good coating over all the beautiful spider web art you have created. You might find that you will need a second coat of resin if any of the tape is not flat and sticks up a little bit but you might also find that this final coat is enough. It all depends on how you applied your line tape. Now let your tumbler spin and make sure to return after 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to remove the electrical tape from the bottom (and top if applicable). Keep spinning and letting it dry for 12 hours or overnight. I then turn off my tumbler turner and carefully remove the tumbler. I let it dry for a further 24 hours to make sure that the resin is completely cured and rock hard before any use. Clean the inside of your tumbler and remove the masking/painter’s tape that you had put on the inside lip of the tumbler. Now your beautiful Spider Web Resin Tumbler is complete and ready for any hot or cold drink you desire!!

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Acrylic Pour

Dream Catcher Acrylic Pour Painting | CraftyJenn

I’m always thinking of things and creative ideas. I just can’t turn my brain off sometimes and so I thought up this idea of adding a dream catcher into one of my acrylic pour paintings. I was super excited about this idea and since I had already been using embroidery in my paintings I knew that I could thread embroidery floss through the canvas/painting.

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So I started by creating an acrylic pour painting using my mixing formula which can be found in my Acrylic Pouring for Beginners eBook. This eBook will take you through the supplies, steps and everything to create an acrylic pour painting! After my painting was finished I cleaned the canvas off, coated it with a layer of Liquitex Gloss Varnish and it was ready for the dream catcher.

I had bought this metal hoop to support the edges of the canvas as I wanted my dream catcher to be in the middle so I was going to have to cut a circle out of the painting. First I flipped the canvas over so I can see the back and centered the hoop on there. I traced within the circle with a sharpie so I knew where to put the glue. I used some Super Glue Gel (it’s a gel format so it is not runny which is awesome!) and applied it around the circle I had drawn. Then I pressed the metal hoop down and voila! It was very secure as the glue dries very quickly. I placed the canvas face down on a self healing cutting mat and used a sharp Exacto knife to cut in the middle of the metal hoop. I cut a circle approximately 1/4 inch inside the hoop as I wanted to fold the edges over the hoop. I also had to cut directional lines out from the hoop to the hole every inch so I could fold it over and glue the edge down onto the hoop creating a smooth and beautiful circle/hole in the painting.

Now with the canvas right side up it was time to create the dream catcher 🙂 I was debating between some thin metal wire or Embroidery Floss but ended up using the gold floss as the color worked better for the painting. I started at the bottom and used a needle to thread the floss through the painting just outside of the metal hoop. I pulled enough floss through so that I could go around the hole creating the foundation of the dream catcher and then once I reached the beginning again I tied off the extra floss and tucked it under the canvas stretcher to use later.

I then took the larger spool of floss and worked the rest of the dream catcher going around and around creating knots in the center of each segment created. Once I got a few rows in I added a crystal and pretty teal bead by threading them onto the floss. The embellishments had colors that all went with the painting’s colors which were teal and gold. When I reached the middle and only a very small hole was left I added one last golden colored crystal and tied off the floss. It looked amazing and I LOVE how the dream catcher turned out!!!!

Detail photo of my dream catcher with the crystals & teal bead and the acrylic pour painting.

I was almost finished. As you know dream catchers often have beautiful feathers creatively strung below the weaved web. So I pulled the first piece of floss I had tucked away and used it to attach some feather details to the bottom of my dream catcher. I let them hang down from the hole and even lower than the canvas edge. I just glued the feather onto the floss and wrapped a bit of the floss around the stem of the feather to finish it off. One of the feathers I added a small teal bead to. It all came together and I was able to create a beautiful dream catcher inside my acrylic pour painting!!

The final art piece!

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Acrylic Pour

Cover a Journal or Book with a Paint Skin

Hello beautiful people!

Here’s a creative way to use up your leftover paint skins. Firstly, what’s a paint skin? Well if you do Acrylic Pour Painting you know it uses a lot of paint and most of that paint drips or falls over the sides of the canvas pooling on the protected surface.

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I like to make sure I use up all my paint so I don’t waist any so all the paint the falls off the edge I keep and pool it all together to create a paint skin. I drag all the paint into one large pool and let it dry completely. The cells will form and grow as it spreads out a bit and then when it dries you have a beautiful manipulable paint skin! Here’s a few examples;

*Pro Tip* ~ To keep your paint skins from drying out and usable in the future layer them between sheets of parchment paper. I do this with mine and they never dry out nor do they become brittle. They keep their elasticity and even after years they are still usable and workable.*

Once you have a few paint skins or several you’ll want to find ways to use them up. There are lots of different options like creating jewelry, art cards, covering ornaments, etc… but one of my favorite things to do is to cover a sketch book or journal with the paint skin.

Paint skins can stretch slightly so they are great to use to cover a journal. I use Mod Podge to glue the paint skin to the book starting in the middle with the spine of the book and then working it over the front and back. Even if your paint skin does not cover the entire cover think about maybe leaving the raw edge of the paint skin showing on the front and back as I did in this cover where I left the four corners of the black sketch book showing. I LOVE how this one turned out!!

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Of course if you have a large paint skin you can cover the whole book like in this one I created a few year ago. I just LOVE how all the cells and colors of the paint skin shine on the cover!!

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After I cover the outside cover I cut the excess paint skin along the edges so there is enough left to fold over the edge and glue to the inside of the cover. I use a piece of card stock cut to fit on the inside cover and inside back to hide the edges of the folded over paint skins. You could also use the first and last page to hide the cut edges by gluing it to the inside over the cover.

If you would like to watch a detailed video of how I cover the journal with a paint skin you can watch my videos on my CraftyJenn YouTube channel! Here are two videos where I show you how to cover a journal, one has an elastic band to hold the journal closed and the other is a sketch book.

 

If you are interested in how to create an Acrylic Pour Painting so you can start creating paint skins as well I have an eBook for beginners that explains my mixing formula to get these great cells. Here’s the link: http://craftyjenn.mybigcommerce.com/acrylic-pouring-for-beginners/

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I hope you have a blast using your paint skins to cover you unique books, journals and sketch books! Create beautiful covers and have fun!!

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