I love to use printed words and text in my art projects. The simple addition of 3 or 4 words can make such an impact whether the desired results are humor, inspiration, motivation, etc. They can be 3 or 4 powerful stand alone words to drive the point home or a series of words to create a complete thought. Whatever the case, they certainly add so much more meaning and creativity to an image.
The Craft Fantastic line of Art Image Sheets consists of many beautiful designs featuring images found in nature, vintage images, destination images, etc., but we also offer a Collage Words Sheet composed of a variety of words in a typewriter font, perfectly sized to easily work under the Craft Fantastic Glass Cabochons. This sheet is a hidden gem nestled quietly among the more artsy sheets. Today I'm giving this sheet it's due and showing you how something so simple can add so much.
Let's get started...
What You'll Need
Collage Words Art Image Sheet - The star of the show!
Miscellaneous Craft Fantastic Glass - I used larger glass sizes for these so I had plenty of room to showcase the wonderful images and add a few words, too.
Scrap Piece of Paper
I selected the images I wanted and poured over the Collage Words Sheet to cull just the right 2 or 3 words for each design. I trimmed out each word pretty close so that they would fit neatly under my glass.
I decided to have some fun with image below so I started with a bold sunflower from the Sunflowers Art Image Sheet and then tore one of the squares on the diagonal from the Text Art Image Sheet. Next I added my Collage Word. I laid these pieces out so I could get a feel for how I wanted them positioned and to make sure they would display correctly under my Large Glass Square. Working on a scrap piece of paper, I laid my main image down. I lightly covered my torn pieces with glaze and glue making sure to apply it right up next to the edges. I gently pressed these down and positioned them across the opposite corners. Next, I laid down just a tiny strip of glaze and glue across the area that I knew I wanted to put my collage word.
When using these tiny words, I found that they were hard to handle because of their petite size and the fact that I have fat fingers, but if I dipped a toothpick in the Glaze and Glue and touched it to the front of the word, then I could easily pick it up and lay wherever I wanted with better precision.
Once I had glued all my words down, I made my glass using the same steps that I normally would. If you need a refresher, here's a link that might help. I found I needed a wee bit more glue than usual in order to make sure that I was able to press those air bubbles out. Even though the paper is thin, the added layer of the word can result in air bubbles if there is not enough glue applied to the glass piece.
All done! A pile of pretty glass waiting for a pendant tray to show it off!
Here's an upclose look at each piece.
To finish these off, I added a Fantastic Jeweler's Dot to my Pendant Trays and pressed the glass pieces into each one. I love how the collage words add a bit of humor and beauty to each of these finished pendants and I can't wait to make them into fabulous neckwear!
Thanks for joining me this week! I hope you had as much fun as I did and I hope you will play with the Collage Words Art Image Sheet at home! If you do, feel free to share pics of your finished pieces on the Craft Fantastic Facebook page. We LOVE to see what our Crafty Friends are up to!
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