Hey friends! Adrianne Surian with you here today to share a fun jewelry idea - showcase your mixed media art inside a glass locket. This simple geometric winter design featuring the Gelatos® color of the week, Metallic Mint, is versatile enough for your next Christmas party right up through the beginning of spring.
What even better about this project is that you can change out the art inside anytime you like - consider this accessory a tiny frame for your miniature mixed media. Showcase your personality with any of your favorite artwork, or just read on to re-create this simple stenciled design.
You can get the full supply list at the bottom of this post. You may notice above that I included some stamping supplies, but in the end, I decided that simple was better (a small canvas is easy to fill, after all)! You'll just need to do some basic mixing, stenciling, and texture painting.
Begin by tracing a circle the same size as the opening in your locket (in my case, 1-1/4 inches). Alternately, if you have a circle hole punch in the correct size, you may simply use that.
Apply Gelatos in Elderberry directly to the background, and blend it with a damp brush or sponge for a background with a watercolor effect. Then, prepare Gel Medium for the trees by cutting off a small piece of Gelatos sticks in Iced Pear, and the color of the week, Metallic Mint. Mix a small amount of Gel Medium with each color until well-blended. (You may also choose to add a hint of Glass Bead Glitter Gel to the Metallic Mint mix, like I did, for extra texture on the darker trees!)
Using the Triangle Stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection, overlap layers of trees ranging from lighter in the background to darker and more textural in the foreground. I layered a thin watercolor coat of Metallic Mint Gelatos, then a layer of Iced Pear Gelatos mixed with Gel Medium, and finally a layer of Metallic Mint Gelatos mixed with Glass Bead Glitter Gel. (Note: allow each layer to dry in between before applying the next.)
Finally, apply Texture Luxe in the color Pearl to the bottom of the circle to provide a snowy base for your art. You can also add a few dots in the air as snowflakes, or paint a bit of snow onto the textured trees.
To showcase your art inside the locket, make sure that it's fully dry and cut (or punch) it to the correct size to fit inside. My locket has an interior diameter of 1-1/4 inches which makes a nice size for jewelry. Then simply close the locket for wear, and reopen it at any time to change the artwork inside!
I hope you enjoyed this simple winter design, and that you're inspired to proudly wear your own art this season - or give it as a gift! Handmade jewelry gifts like this are easy to put together and they're especially personal to your loved ones, who can own a bit of your art without worrying if it suits their decor or if they have space for it. There's always space right next to their heart!
- Gelatos colors: Metallic Mint, Iced Pear, and Elderberry
- Texture Luxe in Pearl
- Gel Medium
- Glass Bead Glitter Gel
- Triangle Stencil from the 101 Collection
- Palette Knife
- White Cardstock, 110#
- Scissors or Circle Punch
- Glass Locket
- Coordinating 26"-36" necklace chain