Autumn Napkin Rings

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian here with you today sharing a quick and simple way to add color to your place settings this season.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner in the U.S., and between now and the end of the year is when many of us do the bulk of our entertaining.  This is the only time of the year I get the actual linens out, and these autumn napkin rings are a great opportunity to put a little bit of my heart onto the table top!  

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This design is easy to replicate and can be modified to fit your own color scheme!  I'm using the Gelatos® color of the week, Iced Chai, along with Iced Currant to match my red linens, on a subtly Guava-colored background. 

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The addition of Gel Medium and Glass Bead Glitter Gel gives the leaves a hit of sparkle and texture, and best of all - each napkin ring can be completed in just a few minutes (with a little drying time in-between)!  Just pick your favorite autumn-themed paper punch and I'll show you how to get the look!

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In-expensive wooden napkin rings can be found at most craft stores to use as your base.  First, start out with a thin base coat of Guava Gelatos mixed with a bit of Gel Medium.  Because I'm going for a leafy-look, I didn't want to cover the wood grain completely!  Just a hint of the pink color was all I was going for.  Here and there, I dotted a tiny amount of Iced Currant on the ring to give the background a little bit more depth with small areas being slightly darker.  You can blend with a firm sponge wedge, or just use your fingers.  

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Next, I created my own stencils.  Now, the Design•Memory•Craft stencils are beautiful, but most of them are a little too large for such a small project.  So, using a small scrap of removable craft vinyl, I punched a few maple leaves out to create my own small stencil.  If you don't have craft vinyl, you can use contact paper, or even cardstock with a bit of spray adhesive.

Cut off a bit of Iced Currant Gelatos, and mix it with Gel Medium.  Give your napkin rings a few stenciled leaves (I added 3-4 red leaves to each ring) and set it aside to dry.  (This process can be sped up with the aid of a heat tool, also!)

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Next, cut off a bit of Iced Chai Gelatos with your palette knife, and mix it well with Glitter Glass Bead Gel.  Go over the napkin rings again with a new leaf stencil, layering them over the red leaves.  The shiny gold color and the heavier texture both help to set off the featured color of the week for a beautiful autumn theme!

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Because each layer of color has been mixed with Gel Medium or Glitter Glass Bead Gel, you shouldn't have to worry about sealing the rings with an additional coat of Glaze (although you may, if you like).  

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All that's left to do is slip a napkin through each ring, and set your table when it's time to feed your guests!  It's a small touch, but when you look around, there's a way to incorporate your artistic touch to any occasion - even a family meal.  

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Thanks for joining me for this great quick project!  You can review a full list of the supplies used below. 

Adrianne Surian


Watercolor Abstract Holiday Placecards

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The holidays are almost here. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I always host it. While I'm not usually formal, on Thanksgiving I usually make place cards. It helps reduce the confusion of all the relatives milling around the table, trying to find a place to sit! This year, my table colors will be brown and aqua so I made some place cards by creating an abstract, watercolor pattern on some 3" x 3" Bristol paper.

 

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Beautiful Little Stick Girl

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  Back in my mixed media journal.  I have a thing for stick girls and this cutie is a new one I have been playing with.  Don't you just lover her?  She is decked out in her beautiful Gelatos® Iced Chai dress.  Here's what I did: 

 

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Cover page with Gesso.  Next, use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Walnut Brown 177, Chrome Yellow 268 and Orange Glaze113 to create your background.  Draw color onto craft sheet, spritz with water and drag page through color.  Do this one color at a time.

 

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Doodle your stick girl using PITT® Artist Pen Black 199 and add a pretty dress using Gelatos® Iced Chai , just color and spread with the blender.

 

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Use stencils to add colorful shapes and words to your page.  I used Gelatos®Iced Chai, Gold Champagne and Iced Coffee to add a variety of colors to the shapes and the word. I took the colors from darkest to lightest.  Just spread colors over stencil. 

 

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Adhere a cute, dimensional flower to her dress and a few doodles around the page to finish it off, using your PITT® Artist Pen Black 199.

Tada!  So fun!

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

She hosts a weekly challenge: Embrace Your Art 2016: Journal About Me (JAM) Challenge, which features weekly prompts, creative challenges and process videos. 

She also hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, as well. 

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

 


So Creative Planner Dashboard

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  I've been playing in my planner lately. Planning is such a big part of my life, I thought why not add a bit of my art to my planner.  This adds a bit of beauty and fun to what could be an otherwise mundane task.  Seeing my art in my planner makes me smile.  The Gelatos® Black Licorice sure helps to make this page, 'pop!".  Here's what I did: 

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Use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Deep Scarlet Red 219, Warm Grey V 274, Chrome Yellow 268 to create your background.  Draw color onto craft sheet, spritz with water and drag page through color.  Do this one color at a time.

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Use 301 Stencil Collection to add colorful numbers to your page.  I used Gelatos®Black Licorice, Silver Ice and Iced Currant  to add a variety of colors to the numbers.  Just spread colors over stencil. 

 

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Adhere an Art Accents cutout from Tiare Smith Designs.  Next create and color on a half flower along the edge using Gelatos®Black Licorice, just color and spread with the blender.

 

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Add a half flower and jewel to your colored flower, handwrite, "so creative," or words of your choice along the side of Art Accent Strip using your PITT® Artist Pen Black 199.  Lastly, scribble around the page using the Texture Gems™ Silver to add sparkle 

 

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Punch holes and add to your planner! 

 

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

She hosts a weekly challenge: Embrace Your Art 2016: Journal About Me (JAM) Challenge, which features weekly prompts, creative challenges and process videos. 

She also hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, as well. 

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

 


Halloween Art Journal

Autumn is my favorite time of year, even if in California it still feels like summer! Now, I'm not a big Halloween person, but I do love pumpkins, and cats, and crows, so I decided I'd create an art journal page fall and I used this week's Gelatos® color of the week: Black Licorice.

 

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I started off by sketching  my design...I wanted to keep it in more of a folk art style than a scarey Halloween one.

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Next, I chopped off a bit of Mango Gelatos and a tiny bit of the Cinnamon. I mashed those up and combined the mixture with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel
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I used the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Gelatos mixture to "paint" in my pumpkin, leaving the features unpainted. 
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Next,  I combined the Black Licorice Gelatos and the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and filled in the cat and the crow.
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To make the marks on the crow's tail, the cat's whiskers, and mouth I just took a sharp pencil and drew through the Gelatos/Glass Bead Glitter Gel mixture while it was still wet.
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I also mixed up a tiny bit of Watermelon Gelatos and Glass Bead Glitter Gel to fill in the ears and nose on the cat  and for the pumpkin stem I used Iced Chai Gelatos and Glass Bead Glitter Gel. Once it was all filled in I let the whole page dry completely before starting on the background. Now , I knew I wanted to have a darker background, but I also wanted to be able to see the cat and the crow so for the first layer I used the following Gelatos: Snow Cone, Boysenberry, and Metallic Grape.
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I used a baby wipe that I had squeezed out as much of the liquid out of as possible to blend out the Gelatos.
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 I allowed the backround to dry.

 I then outlined the cat and crow with a Black #199 PITT Artist Pen, and the pumpkin with a Dark Sepia #175.  I filled in all the details on the crow, cat, and pumpkin. I then got the idea to add some patterns to the background. Now, because of the waxy finish to the Gelatos you're not able to write on top of it with the finer tipped PITT Artist Pens very easily so I brushed on a thin layer of Gel Medium to seal it in so I could add those details.
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I wish you could see the glitter and texture on this page "in real life!" It's really neat!

 

Supplies:

Gelatos - Mango, Cinnamon,Watermelon, Black Licorice, Snow Cone, Boysenberry, Metallic Grape

PITT Artist Pens - Orange Glaze #113, Black #199, Pale Geranium #12, Dark Chrome Yellow #109, May Green #170, Magenta #133

Gel Medium

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Pencil & Eraser

 

ERIN

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BOO! Halloween Card

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Hello spooky artists! This is Rachel again and I'm here to share this quick Halloween card. Halloween is only 10 days away! I hope your house is decorated and your candy bowls are full :)

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I started with a card base that I had very lightly Gesso'd, and blended Silver Ice and Metallic Icing Gelatos® throughout the background. The Design Memory Craft Gesso is great to make cardstock sturdier and more water resistant, as well as giving the Gelatos® a non-porous surface to blend. 

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Next,  I mixed the Cinnamon Gelatos® Color of the Week with some Design Memory Craft Glaze medium. I added a very thick and somewhat messy large strip of the Glaze across the card. When the Glaze dried it left an almost velvety look and feel to my card. It is such an easy way to make a big impact on a card!

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I really wanted this card to be all about the metallic colors that match so perfectly with Cinnamon Gelatos®. So obviously Gold Texture Luxe™ through a Mixed Media 102 Stencil was the next best choice! Have I mentioned already how much I love this stuff?! Because I love Gold Texture Luxe™. A lot.

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Now it's time to add the details to finish the card. I die cut a circle frame from some Halloween patterned paper to anchor my creepy boy bat stamped image. The stamp is colored with Art Grip® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils and topped with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel. For the sentiment I used Mixed Media 301 Stencils with Black Licorice Gelatos® to spell the word "BOO!".

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Thanks for stopping in! I hope you use this weekend to finish off your fun autumn and Halloween cards!

 

SUPPLIES:

Gelatos® - Cinnamon, Silver, Metallic Icing, Black Licorice

ArtGRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils

Texture Luxe™ Gold

Mixed Media Stencil Collection - 101, 102, 301

Textural Accents - Gesso, Glaze, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gel Medium

 

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October Leaves - Art Journal Video

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Hello! Rachel here sharing an art journal page that honors the beautiful month of October! The Gelatos® Color of the Week is the gorgeous Cinnamon, such a perfect autumn shade. 

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I combined the Cinnamon Gelatos® with Metallic Blueberry, Boysenberry, and Snow Cone Gelatos, I just love the true blue shades with pretty browns. The art journal includes tracings of oak leaves from my backyard that I painted with Boysenberry Gelatos and traced with the gorgeous Gold Texture Gems™. I also used Gesso through a Mixed Media 101 stencil, then painted highlights on each polka dot with Cinnamon Gelatos.

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I used my Black Stamper's Big Brush Pen to very loosely trace my leaves on parchment paper. Then I painted the 'leaves' with Gesso before adhering to the journal with Gel Medium.

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The quote was added with the alphabet Mixed Media Stencil 301 using Black Licorice Gelatos.

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I also have a complete process video for this art journal spread! You can watch here or Click Here to view!

 

SUPPLIES:

Gelatos®: Cinnamon, Boysenberry, Metallic Blueberry, Snow Cone, and Black Licorice

Texture Gems™ Gold

Gesso

Gel Medium

Glaze

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Mixed Media Stencil Collection 101, 102, and 301

Asphalt Texture Paste

Whipped Spackle

 

 

 

 

 


DIY Fall Earrings

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These fall earrings were really fun to make and I love how they turned out. Often times larger earrings are heavy, but because I chose to create them with paper-mache,  they are really light, easy to wear, and feature a great fall Gelatos® color: Cinnamon!

 

To begin, I used my Scan N Cut to cut out this shape using a thin piece of chipboard. They are 1.75" x 1.60" in size.  Of course if you don't have a die-cutting machine you can just create a pattern and cut out two of them.
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Next, I took a lot of layers of ripped up tissue paper and adhered it to the shape with Gel Medium. I allowed it to dry between layers and just continued to build it up to the thickness I wanted.
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Since I wanted both sides to have that fun texture and thickness, I devised a clever way to allow them to dry by bending paperclips and hanging it off of one of my tool baskets.
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Next, I mixed up some of the Gelatos Color of the Week, Cinnamon, and a little bit of Glaze and applied it to the earring bases. I allowed it to dry and then repeated that process until it was the desired look I wanted.
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After they had thoroughly dried overnight, I took just a tiny bit of the Gold Texture Luxe and applied it to the earrings. Oh how I love Texture Luxe!
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I applied it with a damp (not dripping wet) finger to the earrings so that it really just transferred onto the high points of the folds of texture. I also applied it along the edge as well.

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I added a few beads and fishhook earrings and voilà, they are ready to wear!

 
 
Supplies: Thin Chipboard, Tissue Paper, Palette Knife, Glaze, Gel Medium, Cinnamon Gelatos, Gold Texture Luxe, Beads, Jump Rings, Fishhook Earrings

ERIN

 

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The Not-So-Scary Halloween Owl

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Hi everyone, Mou from Color Happy Creations here today with a tutorial to create a not-too-scary Halloween Owl!

Recently, I came across this fun Halloween quote on Pinterest:

"A Great Big Owl in a great big tree, On a night so dark, you could hardly see, Was watching the lights in the deep ravine, Where the witches danced on Halloween."                                                                                                                                                                         

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It inspired me to alter this chipboard owl I found in the children's craft section at Michaels using our Gelatos® color of the week, Cinnamon. Let me show you the steps.

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Use Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Gel Medium to attach the parts to the owl as shown.

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Prime the slick surface of the owl with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso to receive colors better.

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Color the ears, wings and belly with Cinnamon Gelatos®. Blend colors with a slightly wet brush.

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Color around the eyes and the feet with Caramel Gelatos®.

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Color the body and below the ears black using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Chalkboard Paint.

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Sketch some details on the owl with pencil. Color around the eyes with Gelatos® Iced Coffee.

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Accentuate the details with a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft  PITT® Artist pen.

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Lay the leaf pattern stencil from the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft 102 Stencil Collection on the owl's belly and apply Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle with a palette knife. Remove stencil immediately and let the medium dry on the owl.

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Add some white specks to the owl's body with Gesso and a paint brush.

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Here's a close-up of my owl.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and that this project inspires you to create handmade decor′ this Halloween.

Supplies:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® colors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Iced Coffee

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

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft 102 Stencil Collection

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool Set

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Journaling PITT Artist Pens

Others: chipboard owl, paint brushes

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Hello Beautiful Jewelry Station Featuring Lime Green Gelatos

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Hey friends!  Adrianne here with you today to share an outside-of-the-box jewelry display solution that allows you to express your inner artist in a fun and functional way.  This jewelry station is a great place for all your go-to pieces - the ones I always end up leaving on my night table or the bathroom counter because I wear them so often.  I'm determined to clean up some of the clutter at home and this solution was fun to make!

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I started with a MDF initial, and added Gelatos® (highlighting the color of the week, Lime!), Texture Luxe, Gel Medium and Glass Bead Glitter Gel before finishing it off with a set of decorative knobs.  Green is my favorite color so I have really enjoyed this week's Gelatos color!

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I began by covering my MDF letter "A" with a couple base colors.  I mixed a bit of each of three colors - Metallic Icing, Acqua Dolce, and Passion Fruit - with Gel Medium, spread it over the piece, and allowed it to dry before adding some geometric stencils.  

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Next, I mixed Lime Green Gelatos with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  If you haven't tried tinting the gels or textural mediums in the Design· Memory· Craft® line, it's so easy!  Simply cut off a small bit of the Gelatos with your palette knife, add a dab of the medium you're using, and mix them together.  

It helps if you first crush the solid Gelatos - I just squash it with my palette knife before mixing!  It helps to more quickly dissolve and mix with the gel.  You can use palette paper for your mixing, or I just do it directly on my craft mat  and wipe it clean with a baby wipe between colors.  

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I added a hexagon theme using a stencil from the 101 stencil collection and hexagonal knobs.  I used both small and medium hexies in my piece, because while the "A" itself is large enough for this project, there actually aren't a lot of large spaces to work on with a letter cutout.  If you're using a plaque or a letter with more surface area, larger shapes would work well also!  

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The 301 stencil pack is filled with letters and numbers.  Many are pre-cut expressions, but that doesn't mean you're locked into saying only what the stencil reads!  I used the word "hello" from the multi-lingual greeting design and the word "beautiful" from a stencil that reads "that beautiful smile".  While I knew I wanted the shine from the silver Texture Luxe, I also wanted to begin slightly darker than the silver shine to help my words stand out as much as possible.  

I mixed a bit of Squid Ink Gelatos with the first layer of stenciling.  If you're wondering why I planned for more than one layer, I'll let you in on a little trick of mine!  It begins with a confession: I rarely manage to create perfectly stenciled shapes and letters over other textures.  When you have this kind of "oops", you can wipe it off and begin again in many cases, but what I have found is that it's also a fantastic base for building textures and raised lettering and shapes.  

By starting with a darker shade and allowing it to dry, you can re-set your stencil over the same letters and brush lightly with a lighter shade (in this case, un-tinted Silver Texture Luxe).  It draws attention away from a messy first try and allows you to smooth out any textures you're not satisfied with.  Two layers also really makes the letters stand out!  With a soft color like silver, you have to rely on more texture if you don't want the letters to blend into the background.  

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Once the stencils have dried, you can add additional color to get the look you want.  In my case, I wanted a little more green.  I applied Lime Green Gelatos directly to the board in a few select places, and blended it to soften the color.  This way it coordinates with the hexies, but doesn't compete or draw the eye away.

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After the entire piece has dried, there's just one step left - to add the knobs that turns your art into a jewelry display station!  I drilled four holes along the diagonal of the "A" (the placement of knobs on each letter will vary!  Play with the layout for yourself to determine how many knobs you want, and their ideal placement).  To the topmost knob, I also added a hanger to the backside of the piece.  

Finally, I finished the raw wood edge with a bit of green by applying Lime Green Gelatos directly the the edges and blending it to smooth the finish.  

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If you discover that the screws that are included with your knobs are a little too long for your slim MDF, you can either make a quick trip to your hardware store for shorter screws, or you can increase the number of pieces your knobs cam hold by adding something to the front side between the MDF and the knob.  I added 11mm large hole crystal beads to my piece (partly because I make a lot of jewelry and I didn't have to leave the house by opting for this solution.  Hey, I like to work with what I have!)

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The end result is a unique jewelry display that's a reflection of you!  This size is small enough to fit in most spaces, and it accommodates several pieces on each knob.  

I hope you enjoyed exploring this fun and functional art piece with me today, and I'll see you again soon!

Adrianne Surian
 

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