Valentine's Gumball Machine 💕

hearts valentine's day Feb 15, 2023

I found some cute little wooden conversation hearts at Hobby Lobby for a dollar and I knew I had to make an art piece with them! My plan is to create a gumball machine, but instead of gumballs, it will be filled with these little hearts. We are working with an 8x10 canvas along with some acrylic paint, wooden hearts, and resin.

First, we are going to start by painting the background. I am using a mix of white paint and Cactus Flower, a light pink. 

Grab your tracer, tape it to the canvas, place transfer paper underneath, and trace your gumball machine with a stylus onto the canvas. 

First, I am going to paint the red parts of my machine. Then, I'm going to paint the silver parts of my machine with Metallic Tin. I'll also add some black to that area right where the coin goes.

I'll take my tracer and just add in some of those details lines on my machine. I'm going to continue to add some extra shadows and highlights with white and black paint. Let dry.

Next, I'm going to add some water to my white paint and paint the glass of the machine. I want the paint to look opaque to give that glass effect.

Take a graphic pen and add some details. I'm going to outline my glass and also add some details lines around the machine. I'm just using short, natural strokes, which helps make everything come together!

Next, take the wooden conversation hearts and arrange them in your gumball machine. Make sure they are all turned face up and make them in a pile. I'm also going to add one coming out of the machine, and a few towards the bottom of my canvas. 

Next, we will add resin. We're going to elevate our canvas using blocks. Mix 1 ounce of resin and stir gently for three minutes. Then, drizzle over your glass. Pour the remainder of resin onto your canvas and spread it using your gloved fingers or brush.

Use a heat gun to pop your bubbles. Keep your heat moving at all times!

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