Hello, I am Genea Crivello from Genea Beads and today I have for you a piece of art with small key hangers which you can also use to display your necklaces and wristbands.
I love sacred geometry, mixed-media, and jewelry being a glass bead maker and all. I designed this awesome little functional work of art as a jewelry display and wall art in one. I love color, texture and layers in my mixed-media so this project celebrates all the things I love into one fantastic finished piece. I hope you enjoy creating this for your home 🙂
Materials used by Genea:
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Starter Kit – Brights (Moss and Dragonfly) and Metallic (Coffee Shop)
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam – Bon Bon and Caspian Sea
Tattered Angels Color Wash Paint – Blue Lagoon
Tattered Angels High Impact Paint – Rose Gold
Artistcellar 6×6 stencils – Seed of Life, Hemp Flower and Seven Jewels
Liquitex modeling paste and white gesso
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain and Black Soot
Pilot extra fine point paint marker in “Gold”
Windsor & Newton Pro Marker in “Henna”
Viva Decor Inca Gold “Gold”
Krylon Matte Finish
scrap piece of wood 7 1/2″x 3 1/4″
2 furniture felt pads 1″( 25mm)
2 saw tooth hammer in picture hangers
5 cup hooks 7/8″ (22mm) in brass
hammer, dremel with rounded ball bit for wood
ruler, pencil, scissors, safety glasses
plastic card or palette knife, paper towel
baby wipes, scouring pad, heat gun
make up sponges, paint brush
glass paint palette, jar for water
magic eraser cleaning sponge, hand towel
Apply 2 layers of “Blue Lagoon” to the bare piece of wood on all sides(except the back) with your paint brush. Next apply random lines of “Caspian Sea” to all of the painted sides. Dry with your heat gun.
Use the “Hemp Flower” stencil and spray “Moss” and “Dragonfly” through the stencil. Using the wet stencil blot up the spray on all other painted sides of the piece(this gives you the reverse image).
Use a make-up sponge and sponge on white gesso in random places on your project(the gesso will pick up the colors beneath it). Dry the first layer and keep sponging on layers of white gesso so you have layers you can see through and more solid white parts to create depth. Add random gesso spots to every painted side.
Spray “Coffee Shop” through the “Hemp Flower” stencil in random places on all painted sides. Drips, over sprays, and drops add interest to the design.
Be sure to vigorously shake the paint pen before using. I use a scrap piece of paper to make some doodles until the ink comes out fully metallic. *If you depress the tip too hard on your piece the metallic ink will pool up. Trace on the inside of the “Seven Jewels” stencil with your gold pilot marker on random places on all painted sides(some sides may be rough and will chew up your marker tip so you may omit this step on those sides if desired).
Apply a nice thick layer of modeling paste through the “Seed of Life” stencil using any plastic card or palette knife(plastic cards work best as they cover more area when spreading the modeling paste, but if you don’t have a card you can always apply with a palette knife). Gently peel back the stencil. Use your fingers to remove any excess paste. If you have any “sharp” looking spots of modeling paste gently push those flat with your finger.
**Clean your stencil immediately before the modeling paste hardens. If you have any dried bits *GENTLY* use your scouring pad to remove and stubborn bits.This step is one of the MOST IMORTANT steps for the look of this piece. You want to let your modeling paste dry ever so slightly before beginning the drying step. Taking your heat gun, put it close to a spot on the modeling paste, give it a quick burst of heat and pull the gun away. If you give it too much heat it will seem to “inflate” that spot, which looks awesome, but we are going for the “little bubbles” look. Continue doing this repeating this step to all the parts of the modeling paste until all of the pattern is dry and hardened. If you prefer the “inflated” look, you can keep your heat gun close to the piece longer and you will see each section “inflate” as it is heated.
Place the “Seed of Life” stencil over the dry modeling paste and use the make-up sponge to apply a layer of “Rose Gold”. When picking up the paint with the make-up sponge get some paint on the sponge and then sponge the paint on the palette a few times to get a thin layer of paint.
**Applying a super wet sponge to the stencil will make the paint seep through the bottom layer of the stencil and get in the cracks.
**Wash stencil immediately and gently use a souring pad to remove any paint. This paint is very stubborn when it’s dried to the stencil. If you happen to let the paint dry to long and it’s hard to remove the paint, gently use the magic eraser to remove any remaining paint on both sides of the stencil. You don’t want to have paint build up on stencil of you will get blurry images on your other art pieces.
Using a paint brush, apply random spots of “Bon Bon” with a paint brush. Next place the “Seed of Life” stencil over the modeling paste and a piece of paper towel on either side of the stencil to protect your piece. Lightly mist “Coffee Shop” in random places on the modeling paste design.
Place the “Seed of Life” stencil back over the modeling paste design and gently sponge on “Black Soot” and “Walnut Stain” inks with a make-up sponge in random places. Next use the Inca Gold “Gold” and apply high light spots with your finger. If your gold is more dry you can get a drip of water and mix it in the container to get a more watery consistency. Lastly trace around the entire “Seed of Life” designs with the “Henna” marker.
Measure 5 equal spaces on the bottom side of your wood to drill holes and screw in the hooks. Brush off any excess dust from drilling. Place the piece design side down on a towel and gently hammer in 2 saw tooth hangers at the top corners of the piece and place 2 furniture felt pads on each bottom corner.
Take your finished piece outside and spray with 2 coats of sealer.
I hope you find this piece not only pretty but also functional.
I will be using it to display my jewelry but you could easily use it for hanging your keys in the doorway.
Whatever the purpose, it sure is nice to look at!