Sorority (or any sort of customized) Cork Board
Paint Brushes (various sizes, the smaller the brush the easier it is to do details)
Cardboard or tissue paper
and a sharpie
Step one: Plan! What do you want on your cork board? On this one there is a polka dot rose, the letters of my sorority, and strands of pearls. I also figured out what colors I wanted to use at this point. It’s nice to do a color and then a darker or lighter color to accent so it isn’t as obnoxious.
Step two: The bottom layer I started with my rose. I printed a rose clip art out off my computer and traced it onto tissue paper. I then lay the tissue paper on the cork board and traced over the lines with my sharpie. It seeps through and leaves a light colored line on your cork board. It may take several traces for you to see a line.
Step 3: Now you can paint your base color for your rose. I used light pink and it took me 3 layers to get to the desired look. Make sure to wait at least 1 hr between coats.
Step 4: Now you can accent the rose. I first took a very small brush and outlined all the petals with a darker pink. Then I took the end of of paint brush’s handle and dipped it in the paint to make uniform small polka dots all over my cork board. This step didn’t take more than one layer for me but it may take more depending on your supplies. Still wait one hour between coats and also one hour before advancing to the next step. Step 4: Make a stencil for your letters or trace into gift wrap. I found it less time consuming to use and exacto knife and print Greek letters off, trace them on the cardboard, and then cut the traced parts out so I had a very quick and easy way To paint the letters but you can use the same method you did with the rose and trace the letters onto tissue paper and sharpie over to get the lines on your cork board.
Step 5: Once again you are going to fill in the lines with the base color you chose for the letters. It took me another 4-5 coats especially since my letters overlapped my rose.
Step 6: Enhance the letters and make them pop by outlining them (in this case a darker green) and then do any sort of a pattern on them or leave them blank. I free handed roses and our letters all over trying to emulate a Lilly Pulitzer type of print.
Step 7: Now the pearls. I just took white paint and painted tiny white circles in a random pattern all the way around so it looked like the pearls were winding around the outside of the cork board. It’s a pretty easy craft the worst part is the waiting! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to message me!