Thursday, November 24, 2011
Original Pastel Painting Ornaments on Shrink Film!
I am always looking to try something new so when my friend shared the idea of pastels on shrink film I just had to try them. What fun they were. It was like being a kid and doing Shrinky Dinks! Who would have thought you could paint with pastels on shrink film?! You can and they turn out great. For these little paintings I used a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch piece of shrink film. Only the softer pastels work well and light colors and linear marks really show up nicely. You can bake them or use a heat gun which is more fun. They will curl up into a ball before they flatten out and shrink. I didn't know that so I threw out several because I thought I had done something wrong! Then I re-read the directions. They shrink to about 2x3 and they are hard plastic. I sealed them with Krylon clear glossy finish. They darken slightly but the pastel is sealed. I tied a piece of black elastic to make them into ornaments. Be sure to punch the hole before shrinking! I had so much fun I am going to do some more. I think the possibilities for them are endless!