January 22, 2012

Make a Glow in the Dark Altar Tile

Dark and dreary winter days provide a great opportunity for taking stock of the supplies in our Magical cupboards. Check out how I made this Glow in the Dark Altar Tile in just a couple of hours with a few cheap materials!

Materials:
  • One round piece of pressed board, wood or other scrap material about 18" in diameter
  • Acrylic craft paints in squeeze bottles, containers for holding paint, and assorted paint brushes
  • Blue painter's tape, a pencil for tracing your designs, and floral (or other) stencils
  • Something round, a bit smaller than the base to create the circle around the pentagram. (I used a pizza pan for my project.)
  • One small bottle of glow in the dark washable paint. I used "Glo Away" from Wal-Mart.
  • One can of Mod Podge gloss sealer
Instructions:
  • Paint the background color. I used White acrylic for mine.
  • Position the pizza pan or other large, round object on the dried base and trace the circle for the pentacle - leaving about 4 inches evenly between the circle and the outer edge.
  • Position strips of the painter's tape to form a star within the traced circle. You may need to reposition and adjust the tape until you have the star symmetrically placed. Trace around the tape to form the star and remove the tape.
  • Choose the colors you will use and paint the circle and the star. I used Navy Blue for the outer circle and Dark Purple for the star. After the dark purple had dried, I used a lighter purple to help indicate where the segments of the star overlap one another into a "continuous form", then rubbed stick glue on these lighter areas of purple in order to sprinkle and adhere silver glitter on the light purple. I used a light spray of lacquer to hold them in place for the next step.
  • When the pentacle is dry, brush a couple of coats of Glow in the Dark paint over the pentacle, allowing it to dry between coats. It may appear a bit "milky-colored" over the purples and blue of the pentacle. This will allow it to glow after sealing. Test how well it glows in the dark before proceeding.
  • Decorate the pentacle or other areas as you wish. I used a floral stencil, positioning it along the edges of the circle and painting the leaves and stems in three varying shades of Green, as if some are above and some are below the circle.
  • When complete and dry, seal the project with two or three coats of Mod Podge Gloss Luster, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before applying more. I suggest spraying this outdoors and using a mask if you have one. The fumes are highly flammable and are not intended to be inhaled.

Use:
  • Bless or Consecrate your Altar Tile as you wish. Place your Altar Tile in direct sunlight or lamplight for several minutes just before use to "charge" the Glow in the Dark paint layer. As you work, your pentacle will glow for several minutes when in complete darkness. (I will attempt to capture a photo of mine "glowing" to show you here, however, I am not a good photographer and I'm not sure if my camera will pick up the luminance in the dark.)


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    Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA.  She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.

    3 Comments:

    Salem Witch Child said...

    What a neat project and its beautiful! :)

    Polly said...

    Thank you Salem! Crafting things is sort of therapeutic for me. I always had wondered why I had never seen Altars that glow in the dark - and this is so fun and easy to make! :)

    Mina said...

    What a fabulous project! I almost have all of those items laying around my house already. Thank you so much for sharing.

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