Sunday 1 October 2017

2017 Topic 14: Glitter {Intro and Challenge}

 2017 Topic 14: Glitter

Well hello everyone, Darcy here, and a brand new topic for you. Today we embrace all things glittery and sparkly, go on you know you want to..

Before we start, let's see who won the Topic 13: Metal Challenge...

The winner is: Jane  from Dizzycrafter
Email Darcy to claim your prize.

So where do we think the love of glitter comes from? the glam 70's perhaps, or maybe the roaring 20's? is it just the thing of childhood art sessions? nope, it is so much older, we have been shimmering for thousands of years.  In fact our oldest civilisations were using mica flakes in red, white and black in their cave paintings. I wonder if they wore lurex?

After that the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Greek and Romans were all fascinated with reflective qualities and used a bit of shimmer whenever they could, in makeup, clothing and home decor. Makeup was a little different back then, Cleopatra made hers from crushed up beetles. 

Lime Crime
In the 1930's modern glitter came into being, it is ground up plastic with a very fine coating of aluminium or other reflective substance, this is then coloured. Glitter aficionados may tell you that glass glitter is the only true form, but it is sharp and impractical for heavy handling and no good at all for children to use. so for most glitterati it is the plastic type that is used, this is available in countless sizes, colours, shapes and grades. Glitter can be found in very fine powder form both for edible and non edible purposes, chunkier fragments, suspended in glues and shaped into sequins. 

Martha Stewart
Glitter ruled the 70's 80's and 90's, on clothing, art, home decor, stationery, faces etc, By the millennium the shine had faded a little, but it has never gone away completely, and never will as you will know if you have ever spilled a full tub of glitter.. there is something quite magical about a forever sparkly carpet. 

If you have a sparkly carpet then why not sparkly wine glasses to match.

Glitter is often seen as a sure sign the festive season has arrived, but we are a little way off that yet. Autumn colours are stunning when glitter is added, those deep reds, oranges and purples become magical. 

Lucy Meek
Using the same rich tones this card is beautiful in its simplicity, a few liquid pearls add just enough shimmer to lift these neutral colours. 

Lisa Addesa

Liquid pearls are a shimmering paint that can be a wonderfully subtle way to add shine to your project. 

The original glitter that is mica flakes, are ground up to make mica powders, these can be brushed over textures to give fabulous highlights. Here they are brushed over glimmer mist sprays to give a double whammy of sparkle. 

Creating Keepsakes
The next size up is very fine glitter, it works perfectly here suspended in resin for these potion bottles. 


This card using fine glitter and the packing tape method, click through on the name to find out about this super easy technique. 

If the thought of having to control super fine glitter makes your knees wobble then have no fear the hard work is done for you with the availability of glitter card, all you need to do is cut out some pretty shapes and you are good to go. 

The letters on this fun layout were precut, but you could die cut them yourself from glitter card or cut plain letters and cover them in glitter to add real impact to a scrapbook page

Next up is glitter glue, we all used it as a child and now there is the grown up version in the form of Stickles, hands up, who is a self confessed stickles addict? * Darcy raises hand sheepishly*

This card uses stunning colours for the stamping and colouring and then a final layer of gold stickles was applied here and there to add punch. 

Here Tim Holtz uses distress stickles on an Easter Bunny for a slightly less blingy but still eye catching effect. 

Now for embossing powder, some of which has the most sparkly of sparkly glitter added to it. here is a nifty video showing how to trap WOW embossing glitters inside clear melt it powder to create ornaments. 

Slightly larger glitter and resin works beautifully in jewellery, these are so pretty. 

I adore these glittered feathers, I think they are my favourite sample this week, so beautiful and elegant. 

These dresses are watercolours, but you could achieve this result with a stamped dress too, colour in your stamp very lightly and add your glitter , perhaps for a sweet sixteen card, or for a graduation. 

For a fun home decor piece take a plain white canvas and add your glitter to the bottom half, then string some fairy lights behind for this simple but effective statement piece.

Finally I could not resist this glitter drip, like shiny lava tumbling down the side of this building in Iceland. This was created by artist Theresa Himmer and comprises of oversized metal sequins. I would love this on my house. 

There are so many more ways to add glitter and glitz, what about glittered brads or buttons, adding a glitter border by sprinkling glitter over double sided tape! You can add sequins, sequin waste, lurex fabric, you can dip and dab and dot your way to glitter heaven. Try making a shaker card or a snow globe, whatever you do, have fun and glitter your world. 

Don't forget to follow Darcy and Leandra's Pinterest boards if this topic pushes your buttons, you will see plenty more examples to whet your appetite there! I am really looking forward to seeing what you create over the next 2 weeks!

~ Darcy

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Craftyfield said...

Another shiny theme... Can't wait to see how the DT will handle glitters...

Helen said...

well done, Jane! enjoy your prize. A scarily festive sounding challenge...I love that glitter drip down the building too!

Wendy Mallas said...

Gorgeous examples, Darcy. Particularly the Jimmy Choo shoe 😍 xx

Mac Mable said...

Congratulation Jane! x Another fun challenge and looking forward to all the inspiration x Love those glitter feathers x

Lauren Hatwell said...

I may have to go and breathe into a paper bag..... those feathers! Wow!!

Miriam said...

You've actually made me look at glitter differently! I've always stayed away from the shiny stuff - but I look forward to seeing what everyone creates. I hope I get the time to join in too!

Craftychris said...

Congratulations to Jane! What an inspirational and sparkly start to my day! Thank you PaperArtsy! xxx

Arty Beginnings said...

Love the topic, thanks for the great inspiration. Rachel x