Acrylic Paint Skin Flower

skinflower-1-4Hey Everyone!  I know don’t know about you guys, but I think we are way overdue for a tutorial!  I have been working on organizing and cleaning my studio, and came across a of ton of art supplies I forgot I had.  You are probably wondering how does that happen.  If you could see my studio, you would wonder no more.  Bob says it is just a “creative space,” but I think he is being nice, and really means I am super messy.  Finding some many new (to me) supplies really inspired me to do something artsy and different with all the goodies that I found.  Since I unearthed soooo much acrylic paint, I thought it would be nice to mess around making an acrylic paint skin.  It is kinda like a fruit roll-up, only made out of paint.  It is great for cutting out elements to add to cards, scrapbooks, art journals, or canvas, using as a book cover, collaging, and many more mixed media projects.  I decided to make a flower out of it.

Let’s start with making the skin.  It is a pretty simple technique.  All you need is bakers parchment paper for a non-stick surface, cheap acrylic paint, and an old credit card or the like for spreading.

skinflower-1Start by quirking some acrylic paint at one end of your parchment paper (I used a silpat liner).  I used several different colors, but you could use just one or two, it’s up to you.

skinflower-1-2Use a credit card to spread the paint out over your non-stick surface.  You do not want too many thin spots, so try to spread it out in a nice even layer as much as you can.  Don’t worry about lines in the paint, because it will settle as it dries.

skinflower-1-15You can get creative and make wavy patterns, or add more white, sprinkle glitter on top, just go for it.  It is important to let it completely dry.  I recommend leaving it overnight.

skinflower-1-5Once it is dry, get the edge started, and just peel off the paper or mat from the skin.

skinflower-1-6Done!  You have a nice flexible sheet of acrylic.  Think of it as if it were paper.

skinflower-1-7Since I was just playing around, I thought what about die-cutting it instead of just free-hand cutting!? I used a sheet of Scor-tape to adhere chipboard to the back so I could run it through my die-cut machine.  You could also use cardstock.

skinflower-1-8I cut the raw edges around the chipboard.  I was using scrap chipboard, so I cut the scraps apart, which gave me enough for a Bigz die and an On the Edge die.

skinflower-1-10I used the Tattered Florals die, and ran it through the Vagabond.

skinflower-1-16I popped out the flowers.  Don’t throw the reverse away.  You can use it later as a stencil in your art journal, or other fun project.

skinflower-1-12I bent each flower a little to form little nesting petals.  I love the dimension!

skinflower-1-14Then, I thought what if I embossed every other layer?!  Humm… so, I pressed 2 of the flowers into clear embossing ink, sprinkled with clear embossing power, then set with my heat gun.

skinflower-1-3I glued the layers together with Glossy Accents, and I have a pretty flower to use on a mini album, card, or canvas.  I am very pleased with the results, especially since it was just playing around in the studio-no real project in mind. I think I may create a small Valentine album, and use this on the cover.

Hope you guys enjoyed!

Here is a look at the weather here in Virginia.  Hope you guys are staying warm and safe wherever you are.

snow2-13-14-1-4    snow1-22-14-1A good day for one of these!

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6 responses

  1. My son uses dried paints like this to glue to bottles… and they turn out amazing… you could also pour the paint into a glass bowl and spread…then add more before it is dry and do the same… would make a cool decorative bowl and if you want texture… pour paint onto a textured plastic sheet or into candy molds, etc…

  2. Love this! I have often peeled up the dried bits of acrylic paint on my work surface and thought, “there has to be SOMETHING you can do with these” — who knew the answer was “flowers”! :)

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