How to make artwork using sequins. This creates an amazing reflective eye-catching finish
What you will need
1. Blank canvas
2. Sequins (in colors to suit your image/design)
3. Acrylic paint (in colors to match your sequins)
4. Paint brush
5. Craft glue
6. Soft lead pencil
7. Image to trace Free images available here
Step 1. Choose an image
Choose the image you would like to recreate with sequins.
For some free clipart and image ideas click here.
Once you have chosen your image, purchase your sequins in colors to suit, and acrylic paint in colors to match your sequins.
Step 2. Undercoat your canvas
Give your canvas an undercoat using your paint. Paint it evenly all over, using the background color of your design. Allow paint to dry.
Step 3. Copy your image to the canvas
Print out the image you are using onto paper, printing to the size that you want it to be on your canvas. Cut off excess paper around your image then turn it over and scribble all over with your pencil, covering the entire reverse side of the image in the lead.
Once your undercoat on the canvas has dried, place your image on top of it, in position, with the lead side in contact with the surface of the canvas. Hold it in position while you trace around the important lines of your image. This will transfer the lead onto your canvas for an exact copy.
Step 4. Paint the image on your canvas
Using your paint, fill in the areas with the appropriate colored paint. This is so that if you leave any gaps between the sequins later, it will still look nice with the matching color showing through. Allow paint to dry.
Step 5. Glue on the sequins
Now you can start gluing on the sequins, one by one!
Using a gel craft glue is great, as it is clear while wet so you can see clearly what you are doing while placing them into position. Resting a sequin on your finger, place one blob of glue on the back of a sequin and press firmly down onto on the canvas.
If you are dealing with small areas and corners cut your sequins to fit. Apply the sequins one at a time and one layer at a time. Glue your second layer of sequins on, overlapping your first layer of sequins to completely cover your canvas surface. (Refer to photos of star picture in process to see this).
Don't forget to do the sides of your canvas too. Allow it to dry and then hang on your wall!