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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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!
Gelatos®: Passion Fruit, Iced Pear, Metallic Mint,
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
Digital Stamp (or freehand draw!)
Sizzix Alphabet Dies and cardstock to create a custom stencil
11.5" MDF Star Shape