Gel Medium

Painted Wooden Spoon Set

Hey friends! Adrianne Surian here with you today to share a fun makeover for plain wooden utensils.  Gelatos® can turn just about any item into a work of art, and this week we are featuring Iridescent Comet as the color of the week!  The bright green is a cheerful color for your spring and summer art projects, and today I'm showing you how to add a bit of art to your kitchen, or make a gift for housewarmings, hostesses, Mother's Day, and more!

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When adding art mediums to food utensils, it's important to note that anything painted should be kept to handles and outer surfaces only, as food safety standards are quite strict.  Seal your art with several coats of glaze to help it last, and always hand-wash painted pieces.  

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Today I'm using green and blue hues from the Gelatos Iridescents collection, and using decoupage, gel tinting and stencil techniques.

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Begin by first cutting a small piece of office paper to wrap around the top of the handle.  The exact dimensions will vary by your spoon or spatula length, but limit the embellishment to the top 1/4 of the handle.  Use Glaze to decoupage the paper onto the wood handle, giving you a bright white background to start with.  (Note: you can also use a few thin coats of Gesso on wood and bamboo for the same effect, but I find that the combination of paper and Glaze dries faster, and helps to better preserve my supplies.)

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Allow the Glaze to dry, then cut a small amount of Comet Gelatos off the the sick with a palette knife.  Add a bit of Gel Medium, and mix the color in thoroughly to tint it. Spread the tinted Gel Medium onto the decoupaged area however you like; I added a thin coat in some areas, and a thicker coat in others.  

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Allow that to dry, and apply Ice Layers stencils where you like to add bubbles!  I used a combination of blue and blue-green iridescent colors: Blue Moon, Satellite, and Nebula, mixed with Gel Medium.  

The Ice Layers stencils are self adhesive, so you want to be sure your background layer is completely dry before applying them, but once you do, you can get gorgeous, thick coats of Gel designs with sharp, clean edges.  These thick stencils will require extra time to dry before you continue - I typically leave them overnight!  But a few hours is sufficient.  Finally, finish off the set with a couple coats of Glaze to seal your design well and to help prevent it from chipping away when used.  

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I hope you enjoyed today's project, and that you're inspired to give something in your home a makeover with Gelatos!  Leave a comment if you do!

Adrianne Surian

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An Art Journal Page with Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Galaxy & Ice Layers

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Hi there friends, Mou here today with an art journaling tutorial using Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Galaxy & Ice Layers!

Let's start with a list of supplies I used on my page.

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Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS: Galaxy, Odyssey, Mars, Nebula, Stardust, Supernova

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents and Tools:

Ice Layers - Floral

Stencil collections: 101, 102, 301

Gesso

Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist Pens BLACK

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pens Lettering Set Jewel Brush

Other: mixed media paper, cardstock, diecut, paintbrush, scissors, paper towel, baby wipe, blending wedge, old book page

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Cut the Ice layers Floral in half with scissors.

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Cut the Ice Layers Floral into smaller blocks. I have also used the remnant of another Ice Layers here. Attach to the page in a patchwork design.

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Color the page with Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Galaxy.

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Blend with water. You can wipe off colors from the the surface of the Ice Layers when dry to create a resist design.

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Lighten the color a little with Gesso. Again, wipe off the surface of the Ice Layers.

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Rub some more Gelatos colors on the paper surface after the gesso dries completely. Blend dry with a blending wedge. Lay your favorite stencils on it and wipe off with baby wipes.

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Cut up some scrap papers from other projects into circles and attach to the page with gel medium as shown. Also attach a diecut (in this case, the elephant) to create a focal point.

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Make marks with PITT Artist pen Lettering set Jewel Brush.

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Add doodles with PITT Essential Artist Pen BLACK. You can draw right on top of the Ice Layers with the PITT pens.

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Cut out words from an old book page and attach near the diecut with gel medium to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will give these beautiful Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS a try!

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An Art Journal Page with Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Supernova

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Hello there! Mou here today with an art journaling page using Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Supernova. Follow along if you want to create a similar page yourself.

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Let's start with the supply list. You'll need:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS - Supernova, Mars, Stardust

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents - Gesso, Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pen BLACK

Other: watercolor paper, found papers, paint brush, stamps

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Ink up your favorite background stamp with Stamper's Big Brush pen and stamp on the watercolor paper.

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Rub the Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Supernova on the page and blend with water.

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Attach found papers to the page with gel medium.

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Add more colors with Gelatos® Color IRIDESCENTS Stardust and Mars. Also use another stamp with Stamper's Big Brush pen.

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Take another stamp and stamp it randomly over the previous layers.

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With a paintbrush and gesso, paint any geometric pattern on the page. This will create even more depth to your page.

 

 

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When completely dry, draw a bird and a branch with Stamper's Big Brush pen BLACK. Add some details to the bird with gesso.

I hope you enjoy today's tutorial!

Happy creating!

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Floral Art Supplies Storage Cup

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian here with you today sharing a bright floral look you can add to your art storage area.  Square shaped pencil cups and tool organizers save space and allow for more storage than round cups, so you can fit more of what you love into a smaller space.  But in your art studio - give your storage some attitude inspired by this week's Gelatos® color of the week, Spearmint!

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Don't worry, no books were harmed in the making of this mixed media decor piece!  You can take photocopies of your favorite books, sheet music, bible verses, and more and print them out before beginning this project!  

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I happened to pick the final pages of a beloved fantasy series of mine, but this is your chance to make it your own.  A bit of Glaze, Gel Medium, and a few shades of pinks and greens along with the new Ice Layers stencils are all you need to make a personal, colorful, and useful storage piece!

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First, trim your photocopies to fit the panels of your pencil cup.  Decoupage the papers to the wooden cup with Glaze, and coat it with a mixture that is  tinted with Gelatos®  in shades of pink.  Just cut a bit of your Gelatos® sticks and mix each individually with a small amount of Glaze in Strawberry and Bubble Gum shades.  Cover the papered areas beginning with Strawberry, the lighter shade, and accent it with small amounts of Bubble Gum tinted Glaze.

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Allow the base coat to dry, and then adhere Ice Layers stencils to the cup.  It's convenient that the stencils can be cut apart, because offsetting the stencils instead of centering them, and making each side a little different gives the cup a more organic look.  

Mix Spearmint Gelatos with Gel Medium and fill the stencil in with a rich layer of tinted glaze.  

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Allow the floral designs to dry, and accent your stencils with a bit of Glaze tinted with Green Tea Gelatos® and also with Bubble Gum colored Gelatos.  There's no right or wrong way to fill your stencils in!  I just brushed random areas with these shades to highlight the Spearmint-colored stencil.

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Thanks for joining me for today's simply-designed storage project that lets you bring a special piece of art to where you store your tools.  I hope you enjoyed it, and let me know in the comments if you try it for yourself!

Adrianne Surian

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Whimsical Wall Art: Always Be A Unicorn

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian here with you today to share a piece of wall art that's great for young girls (or not-so-young girls)! Featuring the color of the week, Passion Fruit, this unicorn themed star adds an element of attitude to anyone's wall.

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I'm not going to lie - I made this for myself, and it's one of my favorite decor pieces to date.  I love adding colorful art to the walls of my studio, but this bright and bold design can be adapted to your art journal, or you can change up the colors to match your room.

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I created my own stencil using letter dies, because while the stencil collections have great inspirational messages, this one was quite specific!  (You can view the entire list of products used at the bottom of this post.)  In addition to using Gelatos® in a palette to complement the color of the week, Passion Fruit, I also used a black Essential Pitt®Artist Pen with a medium nib, a Stamper's Big Brush Pen to stamp my message, and Textural Accents to add depth to the piece.  

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Now I have to confess, I'm not the greatest sketch artist.  So I bought a digital stamp set from an Etsy seller to give me a great starting image.  I resized it to fit within the 11.5" MDF star base, and used Gelatos as watercolors and my Pitt Artist Pen to begin.  

While I let that dry, I used Glaze to decoupage a plain sheet of white paper and a scrap of an old map onto the front of the wood shape.  While you can use Gelatos and Textural accents directly on wood, I wanted to start off with a bright white background.  

Next, I cut my unicorn shape out, and decoupaged that image onto the star.  I mixed glaze with Passion Fruit Gelatos to create a striking pink background that would blend well with the unicorn's tail and mane.  

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Once the Glaze dried, I used the polka dot stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection, mixing Gel Medium with Metallic Mint Gelatos.  I added a few circles kind of randomly, mainly to the areas that would not be stamped or stenciled with words. 

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Finally, I added my message, using my homemade stencil to highlight some of the words in the phrase.  I mixed Iced Pear Gelatos with Glitter Glass Bead Gel for a thick, highly textured stencil, and spread it on using my palette knife.  

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Next, I stamped the rest of the message in around the stencils and images within the design.  Stampers Big Brush Pens work great for adding elements like letters.  (Note: Cold Grey is pictured here, but after seeing it, I decided that Black would look better and stamped over it with a darker color.)

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This project was a lot of fun, and I really enjoy the bright combination of pink and green.  Once the piece dried all the way, I flipped it over and screwed a hanger onto the backside for easy wall hanging.  Thanks for joining me today and I hope you're inspired to make something whimsical yourself!  

Adrianne Surian

Supplies Used:

Gelatos®: Passion FruitIced Pear, Metallic Mint

Glaze

Gel Medium

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Stamper's Big Brush Pen - Black #199

Journaling Pitt®Artist Pen, Essentials Set, Black with Medium Nib

Polka Dot Stencil from 101 Stencil Collection

White printer paper

Map Scrap(s)

Digital Stamp (or freehand draw!)

Sizzix Alphabet Dies and cardstock to create a custom stencil

Alphabet stamps

11.5" MDF Star Shape

Hanger


An Art Journal Page with Gelatos® Color Passion Fruit

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Hi everyone! Mou here today with an art journal page using Gelatos® Color Passion Fruit. Lately, I have been enjoying creating art journal pages outside an actual journal. I am using mixed media or watercolor paper as my base. Let me show you how I made this page, starting with the supplies you'll need.

SUPPLIES:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Passion Fruit, Caramel, Elderberry, Margarita Mix, Strawberry

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pen BLACK

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Gel Medium, 102 Stencil CollectionTexture Gems™ 3ct Metallics

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pens Lettering Set: Jewel Brush

Other: mixed media paper, stamps, found papers, pencil

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As crafters, we all have a stash for pretty supplies. I collect rubber stamps wherever I find them. It makes me feel connected to another artist when I make their art part of mine. Use the stamps that you have. Ink them up with the Stamper's Big Brush pen BLACK and stamp on the paper to cover the entire surface.

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Tear small pieces of saved papers from old books, rejected artwork, scrap papers, etc. and attach a few pieces to the page with Gel Medium.

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Next, to add some colors to the page - Passion Fruit is going to be today's main color and you can use other colors to make it stand out more. Having one color to focus on helps me develop the whole color scheme of the page.

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The other Gelatos® Colors I'm using today are Caramel, Elderberry, Margarita Mix and Strawberry. Rub them on the page and blend them water.

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Lay a stencil on the colored page and trace parts of it with pencil.

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Freehand sketch a heart or another simple shape that you like with pencil. Add more colors around the heart and traced stencil shapes as shown.

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Stamp a favorite quote with alphabet stamps and Stamper's Big Brush pen BLACK.

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Add small dots with Texture Gems Metallics Gold to the page for some shine and texture.

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Make marks on the page with PITT Artist pens Jewel Brush following the contours of the shapes to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will try your own art journal page with Gelatos® Color Passion Fruit.

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"Dream Big" Lamp Makeover with New Gelatos Iridescents

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian here with you today to share a home decor makeover using the new Gelatos® Iridescents, featuring the color of the week: Stardust!

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I have a lamp at my desk that has needed an update for a while now.  It was plain wood when I bought it, and when chevron and distressing were all the rage, I painted it.  I loved it for a while, but now my style is much brighter and bolder - especially in my work space!  So it was time for a makeover.

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I used some Essential Textural Accents, the "dream big" stencil from the 303 Mixed Media Stencil Collection, and some brand new Design· Memory· Craft® products - Ice Layers Stencils, and Gelatos Iridescents with shimmery hues.  

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To begin, I mixed Gesso with a small amount of Gelatos® in the color Galaxy.  If un-tinted, Gesso goes on white.  I wanted a hint of color for my background, and Gesso provided great coverage over the old paint job.  (I taped off the areas of the lamp I wanted to protect with painter's tape as well - because I know myself, and I can get a little messy!)

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Once my Gesso was dry, I cut apart the Arrow Ice Layers Stencils, which are heavy-duty self adhesive stencils.  I used them in different directions with the three colors in this project: Stardust, Galaxy, and Blue Moon.  Each color was mixed with a small amount of Gel Medium, and the adhesive backside made it easy to get nice clean edges!

Next, I stenciled "dream big" onto the front panel of the lamp using Galaxy and Stardust, mixed with Gel Medium.  Allow each layer to dry before moving on to the next, and don't be nervous to try overlapping shapes and words!  

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When I was happy with my stenciling, I mixed a bit of Glaze with Stardust Gelatos, and brushed a light coat in random areas on each side of the lamp.  This helps to highlight the pink tones without being too much pink!

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Finally, I added a small arrow accent to the corner of the lampshade as well, bringing a finishing touch of Stardust Gelatos (mixed with Gel Medium) to tie the design together.  If you haven't tried using Gelatos mixed with Gel Medium on fabric surfaces yet, it's easy to do!  It's no different than using textural accents on paper and other flat surfaces.

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The finished piece has its home right next to me as I type this, and the inspirational message and bright colors really add cheer to my work space.  The "dream big" message is also great for kids' bedrooms (or kids at heart)!

Thanks for joining me today for this home decor makeover!  Are there any pieces in your home that could use a makeover?  Leave a comment below if this project inspires you!

Adrianne Surian

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An Art Journal Page with Gelatos Color Fig

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Hi everyone, Mou here today with an art journaling tutorial for you using the Gelatos® color Fig!

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Fig is this beautiful mix of purple and grey and works really well with both warm and cool colors. Without further ado, let me show you how I used Fig in my art journaling page.

Let's start with the supplies I used:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® colors: Fig, Banana, Blood Orange, Blueberry, Peach

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Chalkboard Paint, Gel Medium, Gesso

Faber-Castell Design Memory CraftStamper's Big Brush Pen: Black

Others: Mixed media paper, found papers, thread, sewing machine, chipboard letters, paint brush, stamps, pencil

Now, let me walk you through the steps.

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Start by tearing found papers and attaching them to a mixed media paper base using Gel Medium. Once you have covered the whole surface, seal the papers with a top coat of gel medium. Let dry.

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Rub Fig Gelatos on the surface.

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Add more Gelatos colors and blend with Gesso.

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Attach chipboard letters to spell out your word of choice. I used 'Yes' based on a hashtag I saw on Instagram. Machine stitch all over the page and stamp around randomly for some added visual texture.

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Ink up alphabet stamps with Black Stamper's Big Brush pen to finish the message on your page.

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With Chalkboard Paint, brush on a focal point. I chose florals. Feel free to draw your own favorite.

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Make simple marks all around the focal point with pencil, Gesso, and Gelatos to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and be sure to share links to your takes with Fig Gelatos in the comments below.

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Metallic Icing Floral Home Decor

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  Natural colors just rock my world.  You can find them throughout my home from the carpet to furniture to the walls.  They are very common in many households.  However, they are even better with a bit of sparkle.  Therefore, it was quite easy for me to decide what I wanted to create using the yummy color : Gelatos® Metallic Icing  Mmmmm.  

Grab your  Gelatos® and let's play.  Here's what I did. 

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Use  Gelatos® Iced Chai, Iced Coffee, Gold Champagne to make a lovely background.  I colored it on and spread with water.  Use Gesso and spread with  brayer to add another layer.  Set aside to dry. 

 

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Cover both sides of a lunch bag with Gesso. Next color with your Gelatos® Metallic Icing,  rub in with your  finger or a damp paint brush. Tear out 3 sets of circles, 3 circles each, with the size increasing with each circle in each set. Since you colored on both sides you can tear out 2 circles at a time.  Allow to dry. 

 

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Use Mixed Media Stencil 101 to add a fun pattern to canvas. Just color over with  Gelatos® Iced Chai, Iced Coffee and Gold Champagne and spread with finger.  Rub Gelatos® Iced Coffee along all four edges, rub in with finger to frame canvas. 

 

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Crumple all circles in a tight ball and then unfold.  Color edges using  Gelatos® Iced Coffee then gently and quickly rub Gelatos® over top to hit the wrinkles. Layer crumpled circles from small to large to create flowers.  Secure with a large brad. 

 

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Attach flowers to canvas with Gel Medium or by using brads through the canvas. 

 

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Finish off by doodling on stems using Stamper's Big Brush Pen #177 Walnut Brown and scribbling around canvas with Texture Gems™ Gold to add sparkle. 

Tada!

 

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Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com


Feminine and Industrial Stenciled Decorative Shelf

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.  

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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.  

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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.

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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.)

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Adrianne Surian


Supplies Used:

Gelatos: Metallic Icing, Silver Ice, Elderberry, Squid Ink, and Passion Fruit

Glaze

Gel Medium

Whipped Spackle

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

From 201 Stencil Collection: Bricks, Arrows

From 301 Stencil Collection: BE-you-TIFUL stencil

Palette Knife

Paintbrush

11" Kaisercraft circle shelf

6" wide piece of burlap or burlap ribbon

Standard white printer paper

Scissors