Hey friends! Adrianne Surian here with you today to share a project that's a great way to showcase your artistic style and creativity while also being a piece of functional decor. I am a HUGE fan of dual-purpose projects, and of giving an artistic makeover to outdated or thrifted items.
This inexpensive shelf only holds a few supplies in my studio, but it filled a space that I was having trouble choosing art for because of its location. Now, I have something pretty to help keep a few items at arm's reach all the time.
This project mixes textures and techniques in a subtle way, which is exactly what Gelatos® are great for! Today we will be using the color of the week, Metallic Icing, and a couple additional colors to watercolor, tint, stencil, and glaze.
This round shelf is 11" in diameter, so I covered about 2/3 of it with a plain piece of white paper, and left the rest raw wood to work on. I tore the edge of the paper to give it a little rougher look (which is optional, of course), brushed the backside of the paper with a thin coat of Glaze, then adhered it to the front of the shelf. I had to cut out the paper around the holes for the shelves, and also trim around the edge of the circle to remove all the excess.
Once the paper was in place, I spread a thick coat of Whipped Spackle onto the raw wood portion of the circle, allowed it to dry for a couple of minutes, and then pressed a wide piece of burlap onto the Whipped Spackle to create a rough texture. (I peeled the burlap off gently afterward - I was only interested in the impression that it could make.)
Next, I used Gelatos mixed with a small amount of warm water and a paintbrush in Elderberry and Silver Ice over parts of the papered side of the circle, giving it a light water colored background.
Next, I mixed a small amount of Silver Ice Gelatos with Gel Medium, and using the brick stencil from the 201 Stencil Collection, I stenciled along the edges of a few bricks. Then I mixed a larger amount of Gel Medium with the color of the week, Metallic Icing to fill the bricks in more fully.
Using both colors like this gives your brick background subtle dimension - the silver helps to define the edges in areas where the bricks are more white-on white, but it still allows the overall look of white bricks.
Allow your background to dry completely, and then add stenciling! I used the BE-you-TIFUL stencil from the 301 stencil collection along with Squid Ink Gelatos mixed with Whipped Spackle and Passion Fruit Gelatos with Glass Bead Glitter Gel, taking care to avoid where the shelves would be attached.
Then, I added a few small accents with my leftover Squid Ink and Passion Fruit mixtures, adding arrows from the 201 stencil collection at the top, and a few flowers at the bottom.
Finally, allow everything to dry fully, and then you can add a bit of translucent shimmer to any areas you wish using a bit of Metallic Icing Gelatos and Glaze. This is actually my personal favorite way to use the Metallic Icing color - when mixed with glaze, you can brush it over any area of your art to lighten colors, fill gaps or soften edges, or just plain add a shimmer to any area of your piece.
I brushed the tinted Glaze over the burlap-textured left side, and over areas of bricks and stenciling wherever I wanted to add some shimmer.
While I waited for the face to dry, I used Passion Fruit and Metallic Ice Gelatos on the shelves to help them to match.
When the piece was dry, I attached the shelves (which will be a tight fit - if you're using this kit or a similar one, you may find you need the aid of a hammer for a secure fit) and also attached a hanger to the backside of the shelf for mounting. (Tip: for a shelf like this with offset shelves, you may want to add a second hanger near the bottom of the shelf so that it doesn't tip if it's not weighted evenly.)
The end result is an industrial look with bricks and rough burlap that also boasts a feminine message - which is a perfect look for my studio! It's great inspiration for both building and polishing new crafts.
Thanks for joining me today, and I hope you're inspired to try something new!
From 201 Stencil Collection: Bricks, Arrows
From 301 Stencil Collection: BE-you-TIFUL stencil
Standard white printer paper