Glitter Painting Tutorial

Hi all! I wanted to share with you what I shared today over at Crystal’s Craft Spot.

How to make a Glitter Painting:

I saw this idea on the Martha Stewart show a year or two ago and loved it immediately but I never tried it until now.

To start, I chose a picture I wanted to use. I decided to use some pictures of my actual glitter pumpkins.
-There was stuff in the background that I didn’t want in my final product so I uploaded my picture to
-I clicked on “create” tab and then the “effects” sub-tab.
-Scroll down until you see “doodle” option. I used this to make the background a solid gray color.
You can also use photoshop but I don’t have that so picnik is the my option.

-Save to your computer when you are complete.

-Next go to Martha
-Click on the “Crafts” tab
-Scroll down and click on the “Glitter Crafts” sub tab in the left column.

-This window will open.
-Upload the picture you just edited in picnik. It will convert it to a more simplified image.

-Print the image and you are ready to go. It will even tell you what colors of glitter to use.

So let’s begin our painting.

-Glitter in array of colors that are in your picture (I used Martha Stewart Glitter)
-Glitter Glue (I used Martha’s glitter glue)

This is what my images looked like when I printed them.
If you notice, there are different values in the each picture so you will need multiple glitter colors.

I trimmed them down and was ready to go.

The Martha Stewart glitter glue has a brush inside but I choose to use smaller paint brushes.
Brush on the glue and sprinkle the glitter on.

Mix different glitters together to create different shades and values.
I mixed a batch of glitter and then glued that down where I wanted it. Then mixed another batch of glitter.

Work in small sections at a time because the glue will dry before you put the glitter on.

Continue with each color glitter covering your original image.

Almost there!

Once I completed the pumpkin, I used silver glitter to cover the rest of the paper.
This is my first image.

This is my second image.

Finished glitter paintings.

I decided to mount the pictures on black cardstock and then mount the cardstock on some cork tiles I had. I just used a spray adhesive to glut them together.

I also had some frames that are for scrapbook pages so I decided I wanted to use them to frame them.

I pulled out black paint and painted the frames.

Once dry, I put the pictures into the frames.

To hang them on the wall, I decided to try the command stripes for picture hanging that are like velcro.

Just tear them apart and push them together.

I put a strip in each corner of the frame.

Time to hang them. I just tore off the paper strip and pushed them onto the wall where I wanted them.

Picture 1.

Picture 2.

I hung them in our hallway above our bench.
I love how they look and they really do look like paintings! 🙂

That’s it!
Hope you like my glitter paintings and you will try it for yourself.

I’ll be linking up to some of these parties.

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  • Kendall
    October 7, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Oh my goodness- those are AWESOME! I seriously love them, what a fun idea!


  • Kristol Faucheux
    October 8, 2010 at 12:29 am

    those are REALLY cool!! I have a coupon for something from Martha… maybe I'll have to get some glitter. Thanks for sharing.

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    October 8, 2010 at 2:11 am

    So cute, Allison! 🙂 I love anything glittery. Thanks for the visit today.

  • Debbie
    October 8, 2010 at 2:52 am

    That is so cute Allison..what a great tutorial too.

  • Its So Very Cheri
    October 8, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Those are so cute. You should enter them in Weekly Showcase. We have a fun give-a-way each week.
    We are looking for crafty talented people to showcase in our eZine-if you are interested let us know.
    Check out our monthly contest as well, we have a $1500 give-a-way.

    Cheri from ItsSoVeryCheri

  • Biljana
    October 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Great job, thanks for tutorial:))
    I love your pumpkins, looks gorgeous.
    Greetings from Europe, Biljana

  • Erin
    October 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Oh wow!!! These turned out gorgeous!!!

  • Miller A-Team
    October 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    This is seriously the cutest idea ever!! Love it!

  • Krista @ While He Was Napping
    October 8, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Wow! This is fantastic! I hope you'll come link it up to my Halloween party this weekend. It would be such a great addition! It looks wonderful!


  • Crystal
    October 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    This is such a great idea. They turned out beautiful. Also thanks for the picnik tip.

  • Vivienne
    October 9, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.

  • Mrs.B
    October 9, 2010 at 4:49 am


  • Charlene
    October 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    This tutorial is great. I could seriously see these hanging in our foyer…cute!

  • Amber
    October 10, 2010 at 4:04 am

    This is such a great idea! Your pumpkins are so fun. Love the sparkle. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kristi Flanagan
    October 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm

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  • Meg
    October 11, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Very cool! I love it. And, you can change it out for the season! I see glittery Christmas images in there as well! So great!

  • Tony and Kimra
    October 11, 2010 at 3:13 am

    oh wow! art is nooot my thing, but I might actually be able to attempt something like this. It looks wonderful. very classy fall decor. thanks for sharing!


  • Design Love
    October 11, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Hi! Love this idea! Very cool! I love all that glitters….I'm here from It's so very Cheri!


  • Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming
    October 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Allison I'll be featuring this today! Love the glitter! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase – I greatly appreciate it! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  • Ali @ Honey and Maple Syrup
    October 12, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Those are so super cute!

  • Lauren @ 31diy
    October 12, 2010 at 2:47 am

    That's soo cute! I love it! What's better than a plain 'ol pumpkin?Pumpkins that glitter and shine!

  • Wendy
    October 12, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Very cool! It seriously looks like you purchased it!

  • Jami
    October 13, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Those are beautiful! I can't wait to try them.

  • Julie
    October 13, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Glitter makes everything better. The tutorial is perfect – showing us how to layer in the colors was very helpful.

  • Emily {WhipperBerry}
    October 13, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    So fun! I can't wait to try this!

    Love from the WhipperChicks!

  • cleverlyinspired
    October 14, 2010 at 12:44 am

    LOVE IT!

  • Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide
    October 14, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Nice job, they turned out great. I just love Martha's glitter.

  • Lori@Paisley Passions
    October 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Wonderful tutorial! I love how they turned out. Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions. Hope to see next week 🙂

    ~Lori S.

  • Inspired2cook
    October 14, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Really cute paintings! Great idea for autumn decorating!!!

  • Kristen @
    October 17, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Those are awesome!! I love them!! Just found your blog and definitely going to look around some more!! Come link up sometime to Handmade Tuesdays! It is a new linky I started with a tutorial 🙂