Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hologram Glitter Butterfies T Shirt by Laura Drahozal

I am so thrilled to be a guest blogger for Art Glitter this summer! I have used their products for years now in all my papercrafting, art, and fabric endeavours. I love these products for their reliability and variety. I have most recently been bitten by a love for the Holographic Glitters. I wanted to start with a project that showcased the beautiful range of Art Glitter colors and allowed me to use the holographics. The butterflies on this shirt let me to do just that--and it was so easy!

First, I used my Silhouette Machine to cut the butterflies out of their black flocked heat transfer material. All of the designs were available on their site, so I didn't have to create any of the butterflies from scratch. After I removed the inside pieces and ironed them on to my shirt, I got to the really fun part.

I had a "coloring book" to fill with glitter. For each butterfly, I used the Fabric Dries Clear Adhesive fitted with the fine metal tip to fill the "wells", leaving a little white right around some of the edges to create extra interest. I used a variety of glitter styles and colors, but focused primarily on opaques, because I wanted the intensity on this project. It was like painting with glitter, each individual container a new well on my artist palette.

I let the glue dry for a few hours. Then, I used a large stencil brush to remove the excess glitter. I set the glue by leaving it for 30 minutes in a warmed oven (according to Fabric Dries Clear package instructions). Then, I washed it inside out in cold water so that I could wear my piece of glittered art.

Art Glitter I used:
Ultrafine Opaque: 32 True Blue, 62 Copper Canyon, 66 Yellow, 140 Canadian Blue, 155 Red Velvet
Ultrafine Transparent: 94 Key Lime
Ultrafine Opaque Hologram: 128 Quark, 329 Egyptian Blue, 336 Alien
Ultrafine Pearlescent: 189 Pearl
Microfine Opaque: 500 Ruby Red, 501 Monarch, 510 Terra Blue