My first step will be to sand all of the edges lightly to remove the scraggly paper on the cut lines. Then I am going to use a quality acrylic sealer on both sides of the arrows. I think it would be best to crackle just one side of the arrows (no base coat needed since they are starting out dark colored). I went to the store today and bought 2 colors of paint: pale yellow and pale blue. I didn't find a pale green I liked, or a bottle of white to mix my own. I don't know why the paint selection was so low!
I have an awesome friend with a cricut who is willing to let me cut out the names of my destinations. I think I'll cut them in different colors of cardstock and then use spray adhesive to attach them to their arrows. I have changed my list a little:
- The Emerald City - with a little flying monkey
- Wonderland - with a little Cheshire Cat
- The Magic Treehouse
- Mr. Zucker's Farm - with a pig and a spiderweb?
- Neverland - with Tinkerbell
- Diagon Alley (instead of Hogwarts)
- Gotham City - with the Bat Symbol of course!
- The 100 Acre Wood (beware of Heffalumps & Woozles!)
- Death Star - with an "Under Construction" logo
- The Spiderwick Estate
- Alagaësia (the land from the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini)
- Ink World (the land from Cornelia Funke's amazing books)
- Middle Earth (the Shire, Mordor, Hobbiton)
- Island of the Blue Dolphins
- The Emerald City (to the right) and Wicked Witch's Castle (to the right)
- Pixie Hollow (to the left) and Mermaid's Lagoon (to the right) - instead of Neverland
- Diagon Alley (to the left) and Azkaban (to the right)
- Gotham City (to the left) and Metropolis (to the right)
- The Shire (to the left) and Mordor (to the right)
- Pooh Corner (to the left) and Trespassers Will (to the right, you know, Piglet's house)
As I said above, I was disappointed in the paint selection at Wal-Mart today. I can make do with what I found, and I'm not complaining when the 2oz bottles are $0.57 each! I think I might go back and stock up. Knowing our Wal-Mart they are not going to carry them any more. I thought I had seen 8.5x10 bi-fold foam core presentation boards there, but when I looked today I couldn't find any. I was planning to use one like an swing-open frame to display my Book of the Month - I'd have had to cut an opening into one side to make a frame. But now that I think about it, a simple frame would work just as well. I will have to see what I can find at the thrift stores - I like the idea of an ornate style frame for my monthly display.
So, more on the destination arrows as I get them done. Wish me luck!