I found a fabulous deal on lapel pin backs and ordered 100 of them! So I have been trying to dream up some unusual ideas for little pins measuring about 1.5″-2″ .
Years ago I made this picture for myself with a print out of some sunflowers that I added a thick layer of acrylic paint to the sunflowers after the image had been decoupaged with ModPodge.
I used my photo software to make individual images and sized them, because when I am wearing a lapel pin I don’t like a big chunky one.
These are the supplies you need if you want the paint to be raised with texture. You mix the acrylic paint with a dab of the Gel and mix well. The gel gives body to the paint.
Step One: Cut a piece of tin or heavy chip board
Step Two: Adhere the image to the tin (or chip board) with glue stick.
Step Three: Seal the top with Diamond Glaze (my favorite) or ModPodge.
Step Four: After the sealant is completely dry mix up a batch (you don’t need much) of paint with the gel and use a trowel tool with a skinny end applying paint over each petal making as much texture as you can with each stroke. Let dry.
Step Five: Cut the edges of the tin and cover the edge with a black permanent marker.
Step Six: Adhere a lapel pin finding to the back. I like E6000 the best.
I debated whether to seal the paint because I have caused textured paint to crack after I have sealed it sooooo I am not sealing the painted surface.
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