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Friday, October 8, 2010

Glitter Painting Tutorial

Hi all! I wanted to share with you what I shared today over at Crystal's Craft Spot.

How to make a Glitter Painting:

I saw this idea on the Martha Stewart show a year or two ago and loved it immediately but I never tried it until now.

To start, I chose a picture I wanted to use. I decided to use some pictures of my actual glitter pumpkins.
-There was stuff in the background that I didn't want in my final product so I uploaded my picture to
-I clicked on "create" tab and then the "effects" sub-tab.
-Scroll down until you see "doodle" option. I used this to make the background a solid gray color.
You can also use photoshop but I don't have that so picnik is the my option.

-Save to your computer when you are complete.

-Next go to Martha
-Click on the "Crafts" tab
-Scroll down and click on the "Glitter Crafts" sub tab in the left column.

-This window will open.
-Upload the picture you just edited in picnik. It will convert it to a more simplified image.

-Print the image and you are ready to go. It will even tell you what colors of glitter to use.

So let's begin our painting.

-Glitter in array of colors that are in your picture (I used Martha Stewart Glitter)
-Glitter Glue (I used Martha's glitter glue)

This is what my images looked like when I printed them.
If you notice, there are different values in the each picture so you will need multiple glitter colors.

I trimmed them down and was ready to go.

The Martha Stewart glitter glue has a brush inside but I choose to use smaller paint brushes.
Brush on the glue and sprinkle the glitter on.

Mix different glitters together to create different shades and values.
I mixed a batch of glitter and then glued that down where I wanted it. Then mixed another batch of glitter.

Work in small sections at a time because the glue will dry before you put the glitter on.

Continue with each color glitter covering your original image.

Almost there!

Once I completed the pumpkin, I used silver glitter to cover the rest of the paper.
This is my first image.

This is my second image.

Finished glitter paintings.

I decided to mount the pictures on black cardstock and then mount the cardstock on some cork tiles I had. I just used a spray adhesive to glut them together.

I also had some frames that are for scrapbook pages so I decided I wanted to use them to frame them.

I pulled out black paint and painted the frames.

Once dry, I put the pictures into the frames.

To hang them on the wall, I decided to try the command stripes for picture hanging that are like velcro.

Just tear them apart and push them together.

I put a strip in each corner of the frame.

Time to hang them. I just tore off the paper strip and pushed them onto the wall where I wanted them.

Picture 1.

Picture 2.

I hung them in our hallway above our bench.
I love how they look and they really do look like paintings! :)

That's it!
Hope you like my glitter paintings and you will try it for yourself.

I'll be linking up to some of these parties.


  1. Oh my goodness- those are AWESOME! I seriously love them, what a fun idea!


  2. those are REALLY cool!! I have a coupon for something from Martha... maybe I'll have to get some glitter. Thanks for sharing.

  3. So cute, Allison! :) I love anything glittery. Thanks for the visit today.

  4. That is so cute Allison..what a great tutorial too.

  5. Those are so cute. You should enter them in Weekly Showcase. We have a fun give-a-way each week.
    We are looking for crafty talented people to showcase in our eZine-if you are interested let us know.
    Check out our monthly contest as well, we have a $1500 give-a-way.

    Cheri from ItsSoVeryCheri

  6. Great job, thanks for tutorial:))
    I love your pumpkins, looks gorgeous.
    Greetings from Europe, Biljana

  7. Oh wow!!! These turned out gorgeous!!!

  8. This is seriously the cutest idea ever!! Love it!

  9. Wow! This is fantastic! I hope you'll come link it up to my Halloween party this weekend. It would be such a great addition! It looks wonderful!


  10. This is such a great idea. They turned out beautiful. Also thanks for the picnik tip.

  11. This tutorial is great. I could seriously see these hanging in our foyer...cute!

  12. This is such a great idea! Your pumpkins are so fun. Love the sparkle. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Very cute! Come plant your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party on Fridays (lasts all weekend long)


    Punkin Seed Productions

  14. Very cool! I love it. And, you can change it out for the season! I see glittery Christmas images in there as well! So great!

  15. oh wow! art is nooot my thing, but I might actually be able to attempt something like this. It looks wonderful. very classy fall decor. thanks for sharing!


  16. Hi! Love this idea! Very cool! I love all that glitters....I'm here from It's so very Cheri!


  17. Hi Allison I'll be featuring this today! Love the glitter! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  18. That's soo cute! I love it! What's better than a plain 'ol pumpkin?Pumpkins that glitter and shine!

  19. Very cool! It seriously looks like you purchased it!

  20. Those are beautiful! I can't wait to try them.

  21. Glitter makes everything better. The tutorial is perfect - showing us how to layer in the colors was very helpful.

  22. So fun! I can't wait to try this!

    Love from the WhipperChicks!

  23. LOVE IT!

  24. Nice job, they turned out great. I just love Martha's glitter.

  25. Wonderful tutorial! I love how they turned out. Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions. Hope to see next week :)

    ~Lori S.

  26. Really cute paintings! Great idea for autumn decorating!!!

  27. Those are awesome!! I love them!! Just found your blog and definitely going to look around some more!! Come link up sometime to Handmade Tuesdays! It is a new linky I started with a tutorial :)


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