Last post about the new gallery wall in the kitchen, promise. Let’s talk about the utensil art.
Initially I was just going to find a couple of free printables online, print them out, stick ‘em in and up and that’s that. But I couldn’t find anything that didn’t take away from or compete with the ‘take & eat’ so, after I found these great (and free) printables from The Questionable Domestique, I got an idea.
My plan? To transfer her printables to my kitchen by painting a couple of the designs on some watercolor paper and hanging them. They were simple, kitchen-related, and didn’t draw attention to themselves instead of Jesus. Humility at its finest. ;)
So, first I penciled the designs onto my cut-to-size watercolor paper and mixed some watercolor (using the same acrylic/water mixture I used on the ‘take & eat’). Then I just painted in the lines and let it all dry.
Then, like I usually do, I took it a step further after being inspired by this gorgeous flatware set from West Elm:
Using more gold leaf, I jazzed up the stems of each 2D utensil. Things didn’t turn out exactly as I had pictured in my head though. I wanted straight lines and no watercolor showing on the stems. When I attached the gold leaf to the fork, I brushed Elmer’s school glue onto the stem, hoping that would give me the straight, clean lines I wanted. Nope.
I don’t know what happened but things looked a tad crazy...the glue might’ve dried too quickly? I don’t know. I tried to scratch off the gold leaf but it wouldn’t budge so I laid my cares aside, filled in the right side a little more, and just let it be. The rest of utensils got the same gold treatment as their abstract art neighbors – a glue stick plus gold leaf plus a pat and a rub-down when dry.
The final products:
Oh and I spiffied up the frames a bit too. These frames were actually in the previous collage but I spray painted them white and added a dotted border with some gold paint along the inside edge.
I just used a small, flat paintbrush to dab on paint. No measuring. All eye-balling. Perfectly imperfect. :) It was such an easy way to add a little flare to an otherwise plain frame.
And speaking of flare, I hope your Monday is full of it! Adios for now!