I remember seeing a glitter painting feature in Living a while back and pretty much dismissing it. Truth be told, it reminded me too much of seventies crafting, and even as a toddler I was aesthetically offended by the seventies. Just not my decade.
But then I happened to run across this bird print from The Graphics Fairy and that feature came back to me. I love the tones in this image and I wanted to see if I could capture them with glitter, but soften the overall effect for spring. Two of the things that made a big difference - using iridescent glitter instead of opaque and leaving the background glitter free. That kept it from getting too heavy. Also, using a fine-tip applicator was essential to creating details - fine-tips are usually found in the glass painting section of the craft store or you can buy Martha Stewart Crafts glitter glue with a built-in fine-tip applicator.
In the end, I'm still not sure if I'm sold on glitter painting. But I love this bird image and thought I should at least share that with you! Click on the image for the full size version.