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How to Craft Three Dimensional Displays with Temporary Tattoos and Scraps - Mixed Media Project Tutorial
Dragon tattoo used in mixed media
It's time for another do over. Let's do a mixed media dragon theme.
I had so much fun with my last crafting project using temporary tattoos. I made a few boo boos on that one, since it was my first time using them.
So, naturally I had to give it another go. I'm big time loving these things now that I figured out how to use them on a few surfaces to good effect.
Follow along for instructions on how to make your own super simple three dimensional art. It was so easy and so affordable, pennies really.
For a long time, I have loved using stickers in crafting projects. I'm not a great artist, so I can't just hand draw or paint in gorgeous scenes at the drop of a hat. But, I want them in my finished crafting projects.
So, for the longest stickers and I have been best buds. They do however present a few obstacles to a good looking finished project, at times.
Primarily, the problem is one of negative space and edging. Some of the cutest stickers, when peeled up, have the tiny white outline that comes up with them. Often, negative space, like that between blades of grass has the same problem.
I hate it. Temporary tattoos have solved these challenges for me at a fraction of the cost.
Here's a shot of the first project by this new one. Scope on the dragons. See how much better the big green one is?
Alternative frame coverings:
- Wrapping paper
- Cut out images
- Rock Salt
- You name it!
These two craft projects have many things in common other than the obvious color and theme.
On the first one, the one on the left with the chain, I messed up the little flying dragon tattoo.
I tried to apply it after sealing the paper thinking to protect the paper.
What resulted was a layer of protection that my tattoo could not cling to. This was so not good.
I had to do a patch job by applying the only other flying dragon tattoo I had left on that sheet to a piece of scrap paper and then gluing that down.
I was not happy. It's Okay. From a distance you can't tell at all.
But, I know it's there and it bugs me.
Always beware of the glue bleed out factor.
Check out the pictures to see how easy it is to do.
There are a few boo boos on this one, too. But, the tattoo part I got down.
The chief boo boo on this project is with the frame trim, in my opinion. I should have taken the skinny brown ribbon across the edges over the thicker beige, but it's done now.
Another glaring bad is the glitter lines. I applied it with what I thought was a very thin line of Mod Podge and, it was.
What happened is that I did not take into account the melt out factor. It spread. Craft and learn in the blazing Texas heat. Obviously, my dragon buddies here will require another attempt.
But, for now, let's check out what did work, see how to do the temporary tattoo thing in crafts and see this cute little girl dragon piece come into being.
Cool source of information, inspiration and motivation.
I love the positive motivation found here. Tons of ideas packed with even more inspiration for generating your own.Practical advice for today's modern budgets and lifestyles makes for quick application and great looking results.
Instructions are found in the photo gallery below.
Just go through the pictures to see detailed instructions in the captions under each picture.
My first dragon buddy, Varion gets a friend. How to do the frame.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Will you try again?
Do you ever do things repeatedly to get better or try it a new way?
Close up of the dragon.
The green of the dragon works well with the purple of the flowers. I like how when in the frame it kind of looks like the flowers are growing in from the side corners.
Tats top stickers on price!
If you like to do sticker crafts, try the temporary tattoos. They are wonderful for children's art projects. I have loved stickers for giving kids good looking results for years while giving moms affordability. The temporary tattoos are even better on both counts!
How to make the three dimensional mixed media insert with temporary tattoosClick thumbnail to view full-size
The main thing with the tats is...
Never let it move, wiggle, slide or even think about breathing. Get it wet in layers going all the way over the edges.Rub it down within an inch of it's life.Peel up super slow.
DIY!! Temporary Tattoo by addicted2toofaced.
Did you know you can make your own temporary tattoos?
Have you ever seen an image online and wished you could convert it into something else?
This happens to me all the time.
Often, I wish I could blow them up for art pieces, sometimes it's the opposite though. I wish I could shrink them.
Check out the really cool tutorial here to see how this young lady made her own temporary tattoo. Can you think of ways to make them?
Flower clusters with dragon.
I wish I had dusted these with a super fine coat of white shimmer glitter when they were wet.
Dragonfly 3d mixed media art frame Liana Marcel - Artist; Liana Marcel
The piece made below is simply stunning. I had a good time making my little project but I surely wouldn't call it art. What she has made here is truly a work of art. Check this out for some killer inspiration.