Today I'll share a fun project that I did for the annual New Year's Eve bash we threw benefitting S.O.U.L. Uganda. I love planning this party every year because the people and cause make it all worth while. You know how New Year's Eve is often over-hyped and under-delivered? This annual bash has never been that. When you party [hard] with a purpose, the selfish wills seem to disappear and you're left with hundreds of people bringing in the new year with joy, gratefulness and tons of laughter.
We rented a pretty raw space. It was great for the signature Whim & Fancy feel. Lighthearted, rustic, with a fancy twist. But the walls needed some color and spunk!
Working on a budget is a challenge, but all worth it in the end because you really get to use that creativity of yours! For this project, I decided to take advantage of the vintage records found at thrift stores. Not just any old school record, mind you. Only the cheesiest, craziest cover art will do! Luckily, I found all these covers in one trip, on half-price Saturdays! Yay for making budget! I painted hot pink speech bubbles onto the record covers that contained the event name, MWANZO, in the event logo font. All in all, I think I spent about $25-30 on this project (I already had the painting supplies, so it was hard to estimate that!).
What you'll need:
- Vintage Record Covers from the thrift store (try to pick ones with a coordinating theme, whether it be similar color family, genre, or trend)
- White acrylic paint
- Fluorescent pink acrylic paint (can also use fluorescent poster paint for this, but it will ruin your brush for further use)
- Liquitex High Gloss Varnish
- Medium width brush
- Speech Bubble cutout
Find a speech bubble or preferred shape by using a simple Google image search or build one in Photoshop/Illustrator. If you want to add a logo or text, create several on a page. Print and cut out a speech bubble as well as your logo/text. Set aside.
Trace the speech bubble shape onto each album art cover. If you have any people on the cover, place it strategically!
Apply one coat of white acrylic and let dry. Then apply a coat of fluorescent pink. Let dry. Apply a second coat, if more coverage is needed.
Apply a coat of the High Gloss Varnish. At this time, if you want to add your logo or text, use the varnish as its glue. Apply a second coat of High Gloss Varnish to finish and seal.
Hang as you please and enjoy a great conversation starter at any party! I mean, really, Cat Juggling?!
Also, you can apply this same customized project to any thrifted art piece! I went ahead and picked this lovely piece of art up and hung it in the bathroom of the party. It was certainly something interesting to look at!