Black Velvet Painting

Next Tuesday, January 19th, might just be another day for some of you – but for some of us it is a national holiday. January 19th is Dolly’s 64th birthday. Maybe I’ll watch The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and sing show tunes all day and annoy my husband. In the meantime I wanted to craft up something special to commemorate the big day. One of my favorite Dolly quotes is “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap”. Nothing says cheap and tackaliscious like a black velvet painting!

Black Velvet
Fabric Paint
Tracing Paper
Glitter Chipboard Letters
Tracing Paper (light and dark)
Glue spray paint

The first thing you need to do is either draw a picture of Dolly onto your black velvet using tailor’s chalk or in my case trace a picture with tracing paper. Artist Stefan Govasli was kind enough to let me use his illustration of Dolly.

Using fabric paint fill in the lines of your drawing just like a coloring book. Mix colors like pink, orange and white to make flesh color and experiment with yellow to shade the hair. I opted to fill in her entire face with peach paint. Allow to dry completely.

Once her face has dried completely retrace her face using a pen and dark tracing paper. Fill in paint and allow to dry completely.

Next I cut my velvet down to the size of my frame. Using spray glue I coated the board and adhered my velvet painting. Make sure to get your picture as centered as possible.

Originally I thought I would cover some chipboard letters in Tulip Fashion Glitter, but then I realized I already had gold glittered letters. Use glue your letters to the velvet.

Put your picture into a tacky frame fit for a tackaliscious black velvet painting. Happy Birthday Dolly, only the best for you!

Looking for more fun music related crafts? Check these out….
Musical Mustache Masks
Screen Printed Record Crafts
Rock-n-Roll Home Decor
Cassette Tape Pom Poms

13 Responses to “Black Velvet Painting”

  1. Vickie Howell

    LOL, it turned out awesome! I personally, will be taking a moment for Dolly on the 19th. Next year, I saw we take the girls to TN to Dollywood to commemorate her big 6-5. We can make them black velvet painted dresses for the occasion!

  2. Austin Eavesdropper

    Jen I want you to know that only was I COMPLETELY inspired by this black velvety way to celebrate Dolly's birthday, I'm doing a post (not my site, on a different one) for Dolly Parton b-day craft activities next Tuesday. 🙂 And linking to this one, if you don't mind.

  3. Petaluma Craft Mafia

    Velvet and Dolly. It can only get better with Burt beside her, a vodka cranberry and a bucket of chicken watching a Dolly-flick.

    My cousin works with Dollywood, making costumes. Hecka fun.


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