Have you seen the movie Silver Linings Playbook? I just read the book recently and fell in love with the characters. I pretty much read it in two sittings over a weekend!
The protagonist Pat says the most beautiful quote that I really want to try to remember…
“If clouds are blocking the sun, there will always be a silver lining that reminds me to keep on trying.” - Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
I was trying to work out a way to make myself think about this often and I thought a little cloud on my dresser would be just the thing.
And you know what I love about this little DIY? Try as I might to get those edges straight, I decided in the end there was beauty in its perfect imperfections, which is just the lesson Pat learns by the end of the book.
Air dry clay
Red + black paint
Fine paint brush
Blunt clay knife
Hole poker (I don’t know what the real name of that tool is!)
Tip: Make sure you take your clay out of its packet right before you’re about to use it to make sure it stays nice and pliable and doesn’t dry out.
Step 01: Roll your clay out until it is about 3mm thick.
Draw a cloud shape on it and cut away the excess clay from the shape.
Step 02: Gently pull up the very edges of the cloud the whole way around the shape.
Smooth it out between your fingers as you go. You want a nice little ledge for the glitter to attach to.
Step 03: With your hole poker, draw a little face on.
Leave to dry for 24 hours.
Step 04: Once your cloud is fully dry, sand it back gently to wipe away any rough edges.
Paint the grooves of the face and wipe away any excess paint.
Paint around the edges with your Mod Podge and sprinkle on your glitter. Once dried, seal over the top of the cloud and its glittered edge with the Mod Podge so the glitter doesn’t come off and the surface is nice and shiny.
If I made another little cloud, I would probably use masking tape on the edges to make the edges more defined.
I quite like his perfectly imperfect look though – there is something cute about that little face with its fuzzy edges don’t you think?
I’ve popped mine on top of my dresser to keep some precious bits and pieces in.
And to remind me, whatever the day may hold, always look for the silver lining.