Of course just thinking that thought activated instant doom.
Due to artist error or some weird fluke (let's just go with the latter) I ended up having to recreate this artist trading coin not once or twice, but three times. So much for saving time.
Mistakes aside, artist trading coins are fun and (usually) quick projects that can be completed in one sitting. Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts offers a really nice package of three artist trading coins that are perfect bases for paper, paint, ink, glue, embossing powder and more.
To make the artist trading coin, begin by covering the coin with white gesso.
Here is where I made my mistake. I had left the project and come back the next day. Somehow I managed to forget that I needed to seal the coin so the distress ink would not smear. I added a coat of matte medium intending to adhere the words to the coin and the alphabet background turned into a great big smudge. Before the matte medium dried, I wiped the coin with a baby wipe and started over blending the inks and adding the alphabet background.
This time after finishing the background I was careful to add two coats of matte spray sealer. This is a great technique for sealing water soluble inks and sprays before adding other wet materials.
However, while this process normally work great, for some fluke reason this time it didn't and the ink still smeared when I added the matte medium!
Let's just say that Beauregard, the new puppy in our house, might have learned some choice new words.
Repeat scene of me wiping off the coin. Then not quite sure what had caused this fluke, I sanded the coin down and started from scratch--reapplying the gesso, blending the ink, etc.
While I know that the spray sealer technique normally works, I didn't trust my luck at this point and decided to skip adding matte medium and instead just use glue to adhere items to the coin.
Next glue the words to the coin in a staggered pattern.
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