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    DIY FRUIT MAGNETS

    My DIY Space Invader Magnets inspired my to make some other magnets as well.

    Mostly, because I bought sparkly glue gun sticks and wanted to test them.

    This time, I’ve made glittery, fruit magnets!

     Fruit Magnets

    Honestly, I can say the sparkly ones were a TOTAL PAIN, but okay to look at. They aren’t 100% clear, which was a bit of a bummer. They do, however, junk up your glue gun, so luckily I bought a separate one for this projects ( I was hoping to use the glittery ones again, but I’m not so sure after the project).

    I probably wouldn’t use these much again (it took several sticks for each magnet! Even using clear ones for the bluk of the inside), but that could also be the new hot glue gun I got. Maybe it smaller or something? I got a new one so the glitter wouldn’t get stuck in my other ones.

    In any case, this is just like the Space Invader magnets – you just use a fruit mold instead!

    First, grab your goods.
    Mold, glitter glue sticks, glue guns, magnets.

     What you need

    Then, use the special glue sticks to fill the bottom of your mold. You may need to dip your finger in water, and use it to smooth the glue throughout the mold for the base layer, so you get all the details in the side. If you’re using multiple colors, you may need to take turns (as shown below). For instance, fill all the parts that need green first, rather than taking the stick out, switching colors, which ends up mixing, etc.

    After that, fill with clear glue gun sticks (so you don’t waste the more expensive ones).

     Fill the mold

    Then, add a magnet, just like last time.

    I used big magnets for these, and they didn’t work as well as the tiny, strong ones from the Space Invader ones.

    Oh well. They’re still pretty cute!
    Now you know to use the tiny ones from HERE instead.

     Finished Products

    There you go!

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    DIY X-Files Painting

    After a very long hiatus, I AM BACK.
    Sorry for the delay.

    Let’s jump right into it, shall we?

    Tomorrow is another Geek Girl Brunch in Chicago, and the theme is Reopening the X-Files.

    Needless to say, I’m absolutely stoked.

    In honor of the brunch subject, and my new found obsession with the X-Files, I made you a little tutorial for a painting of the iconic ‘I WANT TO BELIEVE’ poster from the show.

    It’s pretty easy to do, and I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

    Check it out, here’s the finished painting:

    So, gather your supplies.

    Starting to paint


    I used a large cheap canvas (Got it on sale from Michael’s for $5!!), some cheap acrylic paint ($0.66 each from Michael’s) in the colors Hunter Green, White, Black and Bright Blue (to get the various shades, just mix the colors with black or white, depending on the look you’re going for), some paintbrushes (about $0.20 each, but I bought a big variety pack), vinyl letter (I used 2 inch) and some water.

    So first, plan out your letters. I just drew some pen lines based on where I roughly though the letters belonged, based on my reference photo of the original poster.

    Add vinyl stickers


    Next, take the hunter green (or whatever bottom color you’ve chosen), and use it to lay the base layer of paint over the bottom 1/4 or 1/3 of the canvas. I used letters that didn’t stick very well, so my first layer is a little choppy looking, since I was trying to carefully paint over the letters. Once I did this, he letter stuck on the canvas, so I could use a rougher touch later (which is good, because I mixed hunter green and a little black together for the 2nd and third layers on the green parts).

    first layer of paint


    Next comes the sky. First, ‘paint’ the rest of the canvas with water. Not enough to soak it, but this will help us blend the sky paint.
    I mixed the bright blue paint with the white paint, not fully mixing the paint (it will look a little marbled – that’s the look I like). Slather it on the canvas, dipping your brush in a little water in you need it to smooth and blend it. It should look like a nice, smooth mix of shades of blue and white. niiiiiiice.

    finished sky and ground


    Now, add the rough shapes of the trees. I used the original poster as a reference for my shapes. Don’t worry about being perfect – you’ll paint over parts of them now, and fix the details later.

    rough shape of trees


    Add in some clouds. I basically started with plain white paint on a smaller brush and continually smushed it on the painting. Then, for the details, I made a little blue-gray paint by mixing white, black and blue- I used this as the darker parts of the clouds. Create whatever shades you want by changing the amounts of each color you use! This is your painting!

    add some clouds

    This next photos shows several steps.
    One was adding the bottom of the UFO, to gauge the placement and shape between the clouds.
    The other is that part I mentioned would happen a bit ago- slightly painting over the trees. In the original, there’s far off mountains/trees, that are shown by various shades of green/gray (depending on what version you look at). In my photo, I just show the random layers I made for those hills. The shades were created by mixing the hunter green with a little white, painting that layer of hills, and then mixing even more white, and then painting another layer on top. Does that make sense? I don’t communicate well. Just check the picture. Or as questions – I’m always here.

    start the UFO and clean up

    Next, paint the top of the UFO – I mixed black, white and green for a green/gray shade.
    I also re-detailed the trees here and blended the paint down the canvas again.

    re-detail trees

    Final details on the painting: for me, that’s some touches on the UFO, blending the bottom a bit more, and cleaning up the sky a bit. Use water if you want to re-blend.

    Almost Done!


    Now, WAIT UNTIL THE PAINTING IS COMPLETELY DRY. I just did some other stuff around the apartment for an hour, then came back. When the painting is dry, peel off your vinyl letters from the bottom of the painting.

    Before Clean Letters

    The letters may have gotten a little paint under them, so just freshen up the messy spots with some of the white paint.

    Clean Up Letters

    AND VOILA!!!
    You’ve got your own X-Files painting.
    Put it on display, boo. Be proud.
    I won’t lie, I was so happy, I kept giggling to myself. Alone. In my Apartment.
    Like a loser.


    Finished X-Files Painting


    But a really cool loser, you know?

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