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Week 38 {tiny paintings project}

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This Week: EVIL EYES


Evil eye charms are meant to reflect bad luck that is willed onto you by others. If someone gives you stink eye, your charm will send it right back to them.  So, with all the Halloween boogiemen running around this time of year, I thought it wise to hang these everywhere: on your backpack, in the trees, over your bed. P.S. They glow in the dark, so they’ll be fun around the campfire.





Or, get the artwork in the "artwork downloads" column to the right. Print it out on 4" x 6" photo paper, and make sure the print size is 100%. You might need to save the file and print using a photo application.

This art is only for your personal use, and may not be reproduced.  And please, if you use my artwork, send me a picture of what you made, so I can pin it to my pinterest board.


FIG. 1 Supplies: A saw*, dark colored crepe paper, Tacky glue, glow-in-the-dark paint, natural fiber twine, printout, sand paper, a branch with a diameter a bit bigger than the eye art, paintbrush, scissors.

* my new saw

Cut the branch into coin-sized disks and sand any rough spots on the edges.

FIG. 2 Paint two coats of glow-in-the-dark paint on the eyes. Avoid the black dots in the center.

FIG. 3 Cut a 14” length of twine, and fold it in half. Tie an overhand knot to form a loop.

FIG. 4 Tie half of a square knot (right over left).

FIG. 5 Put a very thin bead of glue, or a few small dots, around the edge of the wood.

FIG. 6 With the twine on the table, place the wood inside the loop seen if fig. 4.  Pull the ends tight around the wood and finish tying the square knot (left over right). Make sure it ends up directly below the loop. Use your fingernail to push the twine evenly to the center of the wood edge, and scrape off any big glue globs. It should dry clear, so no need to be too precise.

FIG. 7 Tie another overhand knot ½” below the square knot.

FIG. 8 Cut a strip of  crepe paper 4” x ½” with the grain running the short direction. Fold it in half and put a very thin bead of glue down the center.

FIG. 9 Press the twine end into the glue

FIG. 10 Turn it over and repeat on the other side. Trim the ends into points.

FIG. 11 Cut out a pair of eyes and glue them on both sides of the wood.



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