Buffalo plaid is a popular tumbler design but many resin artists are intimidated by the process. We are here to tell you that there is no reason to be afraid of trying this design! Today Beth from Midlands Vinyl is showing us how to make an easy buffalo plaid tumbler. Beth’s method still takes some time but it’s simple to do. In the video below she shows us exactly how to pull it off!
This easy buffalo plaid tumbler is a perfect design for the winter months. Plaid flannel always gives off warm and cozy vibes which makes these tumblers especially popular for the cooler times of the year. Many of us use the traditional reds and golds for Christmas tumblers but that isn’t the only color combo you can use!
Beth uses shades of blue and white for her plaid and it turns out beautifully! Fall colors are also fabulous for this design. Also, don’t be afraid to use lighter or brighter colors for other times of the year. Once you learn how to use this technique, only the sky will be your limit!
Easy Buffalo Plaid Tumbler
The first thing to remember about this technique is to take it slow and steady the first time you try it. Getting your tape straight and remembering which squares to color next may be challenging at first. Just like all the other methods you’ve mastered though, these steps will be old hat to you in no time!
We don’t suggest trying to do it in your sleep but you may be ready to after a few tries. Beth gives us lots of tips in the video and explains all the whys and hows of her steps. If you just remember to work darkest to lightest and that your two main colors should never touch, you’ll be well on the road to success.
A Really Useful Plaid Tool…
The tricky part of making a plaid tumbler is getting your tape straight and evenly applied. Beth and her husband work together to design products that are helpful to tumbler artists and they have the perfect tool to help you make the perfect plaid! You can find these plaid platters on their website Midlands Vinyl.
The platters are available in sizes that will work for every tumbler shape and size. They are basically a template to make sure you get your tape just right. In the video bellow Beth shows you exactly how to use the platter and it makes this method so simple! You can definitely make a buffalo plaid tumbler without the plaid platter but it’s so much easier with one.
The Color Progression…
For a buffalo plaid you’ll need three colors of glitter. One dark, one light (or white), and a mix of those two colors. For her tumbler Beth uses a navy blue glitter, white glitter, and a mix of the two. You always want to start with the darkest color, then the mix, then finish with your lightest color. Beth shows you exactly what to do when in the video but here are some images of her progression…
The Perfect Finishing Touch…
One of the things that sets buffalo plaid apart from the rest is that skinny line that runs through the squares. For that line Beth uses nail tape. Nail tape comes in every color imaginable so you will be able to find the perfect shade to match the pallet of your cup. Normally this tape is used for striping on fingernails but it works perfectly for this purpose too. And just think, if you have leftovers (and leftover time of course) you can give yourself a fun manicure!
Easy Buffalo Plaid Tumbler
- Stainless Steel Tumbler
- Sand paper
- Spray paint (all in one paint and primer) for base color Beth uses white
- Counter Culture DIY Dispersion Colors Beth uses dark blue
- Glitter Beth uses white, blue, and a blue and white mix
- Painter's tape
- Paint brush
- Canned air (optional for blowing off excess glitter)
- Spray sealant
- Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin
- Start by prepping your tumbler. Sand it and spray paint it with the base color you want and allow the cup to dry. For this cup Beth uses a white paint base.
- Next use 3/4" painter's tape to make your vertical lines. Beth uses the plaid platter to make this step super simple. Tape the platter to the bottom of your tumbler then place strips of tape inside each groove. Remove the platter and adjust your tape strips to make them straight. Trim any excess tape.
- Now start taping off your whole cup in horizontal lines. Start by lining up your tape with the top lip of the cup and wrap the tape all the way around. Align the next strip of the tape with the bottom of the last strip and wrap all the way around the cup. Repeat until you have covered the whole cup.
- Now pull off every other strip of your horizontal lines.
- Use the paint brush to apply ModPodge to the exposed parts of one line of your cup. Next, apply your navy glitter to the ModPodge. Repeat with one line at a time until all the exposed areas of your cup are covered. Allow the glitter layer to dry.
- While the glitter is drying, mix a little bit of navy Dispersion Color into a small amount of ModPodge. You will use this for your next layer of glitter to get better color coverage.
- When your first layer of glitter is dry apply your colored ModPodge and second layer of glitter like you did the first layer: one line at a time. Allow the glitter layer to dry.
- Now it's time to pull the rest of the horizontal tape off of the cup and do the mixed layer of glitter. Use the paint brush to apply ModPodge to the exposed squares of your cup, just a few at a time. Then add the mixed glitter to the ModPodge. Continue until all the exposed squares are covered. Allow the glitter layer to dry and then apply a second layer.
- Next remove the vertical tape strips from the cup. For the next steps you will be free handing it with the paint brush. Starting at the bottom of the cup and between two of your dark squares, paint on a layer of ModPodge and then add your mixed glitter. Since you will be free handing this it is best to do one square at a time so you can see exactly what you're doing. Continue up the same line adding your mixed glitter between each set of dark squares. Then repeat the process on each remaining vertical line of your tumbler. Allow the the glitter layer to dry and then apply a second coat of ModPodge and glitter.
- Next apply the ModPodge that you tinted with Dispersion Color to the bottom of the cup and then apply the navy glitter. When it has dried, add a second layer of tinted ModPodge and then navy glitter.
- Now it's time to use the white glitter for the final squares of the tumbler. Apply the ModPodge with the paint brush again and add then the white glitter to each remaining square. Allow it to dry and then add a second layer of ModPodge and glitter.
- When the last glitter layer is dry spray the entire outside of the tumbler with a spray sealant to keep your glitter in place.
- Finally, mix equal parts A and B of the Artist Resin and apply it to your tumbler. Allow the epoxy to cure for 24 hours. Mix and apply a second coat of Artist Resin and allow for another 24 hours of curing.
How gorgeous is this tumbler?!?! All it needs now is the nail tape and Artist Resin and it’s ready for its debut. Once you see how it’s done the process becomes much less intimidating. Like Beth says, there are a million ways that you can do this type of cup but she shared the way that works best for her.
She keeps it simple and shows us how to do the same! If you want to see more of Beth’s tutorials and creations be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube! You’ll also find her hanging out with us in our Counter Culture DIY Artist Support group on Facebook answering your questions, doing tutorials, and sharing her awesome creations.
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