I recently was lucky enough to win some beautiful Lulu DK gold temporary tattoos. I think I was one of only a few people who knew about the competition actually, so the odds were stacked in my favour 😉 It’s great when you find starting up businesses early and they have a competition!
Anyhoo, I won these gorgeous gold tattoos. Here is a promo shot from Lulu DK of their tatts:
Beautiful, huh?! But of course, being a temporary tattoo, they don’t last for long. This got me thinking of what I could do with them that might allow them to last a little longer. I picked up a simple glass bowl at IKEA in the kitchen section. I am pretty sure it was the Blanda 5″ glass bowl that is US$3.
Yes, I am such a big spender!! Seriously though, I had no idea if this was going to work at all so I didn’t want to go for something expensive or big.
I cut out a bunch of the tattoos that I thought would be easy to do a design with. I went with the simplest ones as I wasn’t sure how easy a larger tattoo with fiddly bits would be to apply. Turns out it is actually quite easy so I might do another one using some of the larger designs.
I just peeled off the clear layer on the top of the tattoo strips and wrapped them around the bowl in a random criss-cross pattern. I kept them about 3-4mm away from the top rim of the bowl so that the clear coat of Mod Podge would be able to seal it off completely. I had to do it in layers as I obviously couldn’t lay one over the top of another until I had wet the tattoo and removed the paper from the lower layer. It was a really quick process though. Very easy – the paper only stuck on a few little spots but was easy enough to gently peel off with a fingernail.
After I let it completely dry for a couple of days, I decided that it was definitely going to need some sort of clear coat. I had recently gotten my grubby little hands on some dishwasher proof Mod Podge so I thought I might as well give it a try. First, I had to use some rubbing alcohol, as per the Mod Podge instructions. I used the alcohol on the glass surface, but not on the tattoo parts. I didn’t think it would survive it! Then I just used a small paintbrush to cover the outside of the bowl in a coat of clear Mod Podge.
Now, this is where the learning part comes in. Mod Podge doesn’t dry completely clear on glass. It gives it a cloudy look. Armed with this knowledge, I am keen to try this again on a ceramic bowl to see if the Mod Podge comes out better. And I might try it with some of the bigger tattoo designs now that I know how easy they are to apply!
Back to this project though. Last step was to let it dry thoroughly! I chose not to do more than one coat as I think it would get more cloudy and I wasn’t keen on that happening. Here are the final results for my tattoo wrapped glass bowl:
And finally, here it is as it looks as a display bowl, which is what I intended it to be. Despite the Mod Podge being dishwasher safe, I think since this has only one coat that it will be hand wash only at best!