If you ever craft with kids, you know that glitter and paint are the two dreaded supplies. Since we already talked briefly of glitter earlier in the 25 Crafts of Christmas, I figured...hey...two days before Christmas? Let's pull out the paint! But when you are using paint as a grown up, it doesn't need to be as scary. In fact, used simply, it can be easy and classy!
Grab some acrylic paint (craft paint or artist's paint...either will work!), wooden beads, and string, and you're all set to make a last-minute Christmas necklace!
It's a good idea to shake your paint a little, just to make sure it's all mixed. This is especially true for metallics. Then, just unscrew the cap and work with the paint that is inside the lid. We'll use a toothpick as our brush for this, but you could use a tiny paintbrush if you'd rather.
Slide a few beads onto a wooden skewer or a toothpick. This will make it easier to handle them and decorate all sides.
Use the toothpick to make dots on the beads. You can do polka dots all around, or find ways to make little patterns. Do them all the same or do them all different. Symmetry helps make these look nice, but there's no rule on how to make these. Also, if you're using a little brush, you can make squiggles and lines. Have fun with it!
Rest the skewer across a cup or bowl so the beads can dry. When they have had an hour or two to completely dry (you're not using much paint, so it doesn't take too long!), slide them onto a string or chain and proudly wear your new creation.
When I want my painted pieces to last longer or have a glossy finish, I use a sealer. I've had this bottle for a few years now it's still holding out. It's designed for polymer clay (I bought it for a project that used painted clay and wood together), but it works for me. There are lots of sealers available, and it's best to choose one that is designed for what you're making, but again...don't fret too much over this sort of thing. Unless of course you're attempting to make heirloom quality...fret a little over those. For everything else, just worry about enjoying it!