This particular art project can be done in record time and is virtually impossible to mess up (my kind of DIY!) Chances are you’re going to feel really silly at first, but I promise it gets fun once you get past the ridiculousness of it all. It’s a satisfying way to get bright colors up on your walls really fast, and is so pretty it’s hard not to feel a sense of accomplishment when it’s all complete.


Materials

Lipstick in 5 shades*
Small mirror
Tissues
16”x20” smooth white art board, such as http://www.michaels.com/Canson-Bristol-Smooth-16×20-Art-Board/fa1966,default,pd.html?start=1&cgid=products-artsupplies-brands-canson
Masking tape
Cardboard cut to be a couple inches bigger than the artboard on all sides
White 16”x20” picture frame (we got ours at michaels)

*Note: For your lipstick selection, try to stick within a single color spectrum (pinks, browns, mauves, etc) and vary the brightness. I stuck with pinks, so I had a pale baby pink, a neutral-pink, a coral-pink, a mauve-pink, and a dark red-pink. Definitely include one very pale color and one very dark color for impact, and try to make sure none of the colors look too similar or they will blend together.

instructions

step-1 Tape a border around the artboard to secure it to the cardboard. You can hold the piece by the cardboard edges while you kiss it so that you don’t get fingerprints all over the paper as you go.

step-2 Apply your lightest lipstick first, in a thick coat. Pucker up and kiss the center of your paper. Kiss a few more times so you get comfortable seeing how much color is left on after each kiss before you need to reapply (I found I needed to reapply every 2-3 times). Don’t be scared of where you place these kisses or what they’re shaped like, they’ll quickly get drowned out by the brighter colors. Figure out which puckers you like best and experiment!

step-3 Once you get your kisses down, spread out your kisses so that you have a few hovering near the border but the majority clustered around the center. It’s good to step away every so often so you can see how the composition is developing. Wipe your lips with tissues and apply your next darkest color.

step-4 Repeat Step 3 with each remaining color until you are happy with the variety, depth, and color on your artboard.

step-5Gently remove the masking tape and place the artboard in the frame. Hang on your wall and admire your handiwork!

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