Hey friends! Adrianne Surian here with you today to share a sassy accessory idea with this week's Gelatos® color of the week, Iced Currant. These stenciled wood bangles are fun to make and easily customized to suit your style!
I went for a modern look using block word stencils from the 301 collection and geometric elements from the 101 stencil collection, using "Beautiful" and "Design" as my focal words.
My cool palette of Iced Currant, Guava, and Acqua Dolce was accented with Metallic Icing and Silver Ice, layered with Glaze, Gel Medium, and Glass Bead Glitter Gel. (The full list of supplies including the colors used can be found at the bottom of this post.)
You'll want your palette knife for mixing your textural accents, but for stenciling onto a curved surface like these wood bangle bracelets, I found that getting messy and using my fingers was most effective at getting the details I wanted.
Begin with a light base of Guava Gelatos mixed with Glaze, and add 1-2 coats onto the exterior of the bracelet. There's no need to embellish the interior since it will be worn next to the skin, and won't show anyway. Allow it to dry fully before moving on to adding stencils.
During your drying time, it's a great time to begin on any additional bracelets! I coated a second bangle with an Acqua Dolce-Glaze mix while I waited.
Next, add geometric elements using tinted gel medium. To the Guava-colored bracelet, I stenciled hexagons using a mix of Acqua Dolce Gelatos and Gel Medium.
On the second bangle, a mix of Metallic Icing and Gel Medium was applied using the herringbone stencil.
Next, I began to incorporate the color of the week, Iced Currant, and mixed it with Glass Bead Glitter Gel. If you're new to tinting textural accents, just slice a small bit of the Gelatos stick off and crush it with your palette knife, and mix in the textural accent you want to work with (in this case, the thicker Glass Bead Glitter Gel).
I stenciled the word "Beautiful" onto the first bangle, and set it aside to dry.
On the second bangle, I added "Design" with a mix of Guava and Gel Medium before moving on to add the Iced Currant and Glass Bead Glitter Gel Mix. On that bracelet, I incorporated the color of the week by adding another layer of herringbone stencil. (Note: you will need to allow each layer to dry to the touch before moving on to the next layer. Drying can be sped up with careful use of a multipurpose heat tool, but alternating between coordinating projects helps to leave your pieces alone as they dry!)
Finally, I mixed a very small amount of glaze with three separate colors: Iced Currant, Metallic Icing, and Silver Ice. In various places, I applied a small amount of each color to add more shine and to accent the stencils. The textures already stenciled on allow these thin colors to build up along edges, adding even more depth to your design. I just followed my gut when adding hints of additional color - if an area seemed like it could use a bit more Iced Currant, I used a paintbrush to add a little. If another area looked a little flat with the matte colors like Acqua Dolce and Guava, I painted on a bit of either Silver Ice or Metallic Icing.
The end result is a couple of unique, eye-catching pieces that will sow the world your inner artist! Using your own favorite words and textures will make this project even more personal for you. I hope you enjoyed this project, and please let me know if you decide to try it!
Gelatos: Iced Currant, Acqua Dolce, Guava, Metallic Icing, and Silver Ice
Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Stencils from the 101 Collection and 301 Collection
1" Flat Exterior Wood Bangle Bracelets