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      Jewelry Layout


    • 6.

      Glue Down #1: The Crown


    • 7.

      Glue Down #2: The Heart


    • 8.

      Glue Down #3: The Wings


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I love repurposing things that are broken and giving them new life.  There’s something very therapeutic to salvaging discarded pieces and turning them into something artistic.

My name is Jennifer Laurel Keller.  I’m an artist and instructor but what I really do is help people gain creative confidence. I’ve always been drawn to mixed media art.   It’s whimsical, fun, and the more we practice with new types of materials, the more we can bring in our new skills into our future artwork.

In this class, Junk Jewelry Art with Acrylic Paint, we’re going to create these darling mini-canvases with our old, broken jewelry.  You’ll learn how to paint an easy focal point and then embellish your piece with sparkly goodies to give them a second life.

In the lessons, we’ll cover materials, painting simple objects, symmetry, contrast, texture, layering, and composition.  Every move I make is explained in the class and you can follow along at your own pace.  

This class is right for you if you want more experience with simple acrylic painting techniques and using small 3D objects in your mixed media and collage works.  I’ve had beginner and intermediate artists do really well in my classes.  The key is to have an open mind and understand that patience and practice make progress.  Even as a teacher, I learn new things every time I make art.  It’s all about exploring and having fun. 

Once you practice this, you’ll be able to make these techniques your own and bring them over to your future creations with more confidence, which means more fun!  So, are you ready to get gluing?  Let’s go! 

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Jennifer Keller

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I believe that art is magic. By creating, we mix our inner souls with the outer world to make beauty.

My name is Jennifer Laurel Keller. I'm an artist and an instructor, but what I really do is help people release their blocks and express themselves with creative confidence.

I've worked in the arts for over 20 years as a frame designer, art gallery manager, vintage furniture and home decor dealer, art supply sales associate, and finally as an art instructor.

I love teaching so much. Seeing students light up when they begin to gain confidence in their abilities is so incredibly rewarding and I'm so lucky to be a part of that process. I'm really happy to be able to connect with people all over the world who love being artsy, as well.

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1. Introduction: I love repurposing things that are broken and giving them new life. There's something very therapeutic about salvaging discarded pieces and turning them into something artistic. My name is Jennifer Laurel Keller. I'm an artist and instructor, but what I really do is help people gained creative confidence. I've always been drawn to mixed media art, whimsical, fun. And the more we practice with new types of materials, the more we can bring our new skills into our feature artwork. In this class, junk jewelry art with acrylic paint, we're going to create these darling mixed media campuses with our old broken jewelry. You'll learn how to paint an easy focal point and then embellish your piece was sparkly goodies to give them a second life. In the lessons we'll cover materials, painting simple objects, symmetry, contrast, texture, layering, and composition. Every move I make as explained in the class, and you can follow along at your own pace. They key is to have mind and understand that patients and practice make progress. Even as a teacher, I learn new things every time I make art. It's all about exploring and having fun. Once you practice this, you'll be able to make these techniques your own and bring them over to your future creations with more confidence, which means more fun. So are you ready to get gluing? Let's go. 2. Materials: Hello and welcome to the Materials lesson. In this lesson, we're gonna be going over all of the different options for making these pieces. We've got paint tools and jewelry supplies, so not all of these are mandatory, summer optional. So let's get into it. First, I have 34 by four canvasses. You can use any small size, but this is the size that I'm using. You can also use board or canvas panels if you want. These are stretched canvas over stretcher bars so they have a thickness to them. Next, I'm going to use a flat palette. You don't want a pallet with wells in it. You want something flat. So that's what I have here. Next, I have three synthetic bristle brushes were not going to be doing much with painting just as simple focal points. So I only have three. And those are in the materials list. And our canvas is small so we don't need anything to big. Next I have acrylic gel medium, and this is going to be our glue and it's an acrylic product. But you could also use a permanent all-purpose glue that works with lots of different materials. You can also find this product a brand called E6 thousand, which a lot of people are familiar with. Next, I have two pairs of needle nose pliers. You can only use when, but having two is actually really nice when you're getting into small little metalwork and prime things apart. And I also have a pair of snips. These are great for breaking off the metal bits. Next I have a pair of tweezers and you want to pair that you can get messy because they will be touching glue or the acrylic medium. Next I have a file for filing down any snagging bits of jewelry and a pair of scissors is great to have around. Next I have a pencil, and we'll use that for our drawing. You want one to two pints of water and acrylic paint. So I have titanium white, cadmium yellow, yellow, blue, and cadmium red medium hue, and also teal. Next I have a paint rag for catching my drips and wiping my brush. And then you'll want some jewelry that you can break apart. So these are some old jewelry, necklaces that I made and they're not great. So I'm actually thinking about taking them apart. So you're looking for beads and metal bits and chain and stuff like that. And then I also have an assortment of jewelry parts that I already have taken apart or that I just haven't my kit for making jewelry. I have some chains scraps here that I keep on a safety pin which helps keep them altogether. And then I can see what I have there. So there's silver, gold, bronze II, Peter. And these are all just scraps from different projects. Now I have some earrings. Some of these are really cheap earrings that are just not something I would wear anymore. And then some are just singles that don't have a partner. So, you know, you don't want to use anything that's too fancy or really high quality, valuable jewelry unless you really want to. But I like to use things that are just kind of costume me. And then I have these parts of a bracelet. This was on elastic stretchy bracelet. And then I have things from Approaches and old mixed media projects. Friend gave me those butterfly wings there. And these were from a belt buckle, I think are some kind of big brooch or something, but they're not very high-quality. They are kind of flimsy. And then I have some plastic jewellery and some things that are just that I've taken apart from different earrings. And like I said, you just want stuff that is either broken or not very high-quality because we're going to be really breaking this up and then gluing it onto our canvas. And then here I have some grindstone parts. Some of these, even my husband helped and found a couple of these on the ground. But then like this one used to be an airing and the nice snipped, the prong off the back. Here's a necklace that I'm going to break up and I actually do end up using part of that in this project. That one's missing a center stone. And then I have some cheap plastic, fake turquoise there and these flower beads. And then what I really ended up liking for this project are these yellow roses. These are called kava Shawn's and they are flat on the back so they stick really well with the glue. And then I have an assortment of beads and other goodies. So here are some kava Sean's in blue, just like those yellow roses. I have some plastic till being some white small beads that are kinda weirdly cut. So these are kind of things that didn't make the grade. These are a little big, these large pearls. They're a little big for glowing down, but the medium to smaller beads adhere really, really well to the canvas. And the acrylic makes medium is amazing. So don't worry about things not sticking because it is strong stuff. Here's some little charms and that might make their way in. And then an assortment of green and blue beings. And some are plastic turquoise beads ON these are like jangly stone beads that are long. So those are kinda fun as a design element as well. And then just some loose pieces there in the middle. It's nice to have a wooden tray as well or something to hold all the Jordan. So up next we're going to work on the drawing for focal point with acrylic paint. But first we're going to draw them out. So I will see you there. 3. Drawing: Hello and welcome to the drawing lesson. So I started out with just a few ideas. I have an, i, a mouse, a hand, a star, a heart, some wings, some cowboy boots, a flower, a kidney, and a crown. So I think I'm gonna do the wing, the Crown, and then the heart there. So you can do anything you want. The sky's the limit. I just drew out a few ideas for some objects that would look cute in the middle of these three canvases. So here I have my first four-by-four canvas and you want to leave about an inch and a half of margin between the edge of the canvas and the drawing. So I'm making some little marks. First, some dots where I want the drawing to stop so I don't go over that marks. I'll use my pencil kind of as a ruler there. And now I'm going to start at the bottom of the crown and I draw this really wobbly. And that's okay because it kind of gives it character. I'm not really mad about it. And you can always go back and make adjustments. So I'm drawing the points on the crown now and they're just little triangles. So we're going to go from the center and go out. We'll do another one and then the next one comes up. So as much as you want to measure this out, that's fine. I just kinda wing debt there. And I don't mind that it looks a little off just because it gives it that kind of like folk art look. Then I drew a little rounded base on the crown. And I can make any adjustments up at the top. Kinda even those out just a bit. But they're not, they're not gonna be perfect. Okay, then I'm gonna do a circle in the center, maybe a smaller circle next to that. And these different size circles, large and small. And now it's time for the next drawing. So we're gonna do the wings on this one. So we're just gonna swoop up at rounds down. And we'll do the same thing on the other side. And if they don't match exactly, if they're not perfectly symmetric, that's okay. They're going to be close and then we're just going to round up with feathers on the bottom, so they're just little round areas. Let's do two in the center as well. So for one, I just kinda changed my mind there in the center. And then it's just going to round down. We're going to do 1234 down. And then I kinda like how it tapered at the end there. And then about little higher than halfway up the wings were gonna do align with three rounded feathers. And then the bottom feathers are going to connect with the tap feathers. So just bringing those lines up and again, 1234. Okay, so that's the wing. And next we're going to do the heart. Okay, so right in the center I'm gonna do a mark at the top and bottom of the heart, but then it's gonna go up from the top marks. So we've got just a heart. Pretty sure we can all draw her. And then it was looking a little narrow. So I'm just going to bring that out a little bit. And that is really the heart there. And then I decided to put a little star in the center. So you just want to give everything enough space and not crowded. And that is everything. So in the next lesson, we are going to be painting these n. So I will see you there. 4. Paint: Hello and welcome to the painting lesson. In this lesson, you can see that we are going to be painting in our drawings and just keeping it really fun and whimsical and simple. So let's have a look at this technique. All right, so I'm going to pour out some titanium white in the middle of my palette. And then around that, I'm going to put the red and the yellow, the tool, and the blue. So and it's okay if you don't have my exact colors, but as long as you have a red, yellow, and blue, you're in good shape. And I am starting with my size to bright brush. And the size is the size for the short handled because short and long handle brushes have different sizes. So this was a two in the short handle. And then just going to trace with red around the heart. And I'm keeping my paint on the inside of my guideline. And then next I'm going to make some white into the paint that I already had on my brush. I added a little bit more red, but red, it's pretty strong. So be careful with that. Start with a small amount and then work your way up. And then I am going to fill in around the star. And I can use the corner of that bright brush to get into those little nooks and crannies in the star. And if you have to overlap this pink paint, just let it dry and then you can paint right over it if you have to make any corrections. So now I have my 0 round brush and I'm mixing a little white and yellow together and I'm just going to fill in the star. And I had to do a couple layers on this because I drew the star with the graphite lens. We're going through the center of it. So I just added a little extra paint over that. And of course you might be painting something completely different. So this is just for inspiration. Next time adding some polka dots to the insides to give it a little bit of pattern. Something interesting to look at. Now I'm mixing some blue and teal and I added a dab of white, and I'm just going to outline that star. So you want your brush well loaded but not overloaded so that it's too goofy so that you can get these details. And I like how the Blue just makes that Starr stand out a little bit more. And next, I'm going to outline the, the heart. And this brush is a little small, so I wound up grabbing my size to bright brush and I'm just using it the horizontal way so that I can get that nice chris blind. And also a good amount of coverage outside because this is going to act like a buffer between the object and filling in the background. So I like to have just like a little buffer zone of the, the background color. So that I don't have to worry when I fill in the whole all of the background color that I'm going to hit that heart and covered up. So now I've gone up to a size ten bright brush. And now I'm free to fill in the background really with these big brush strokes and not worry about hitting that heart because I gave myself a little buffer area. And this does not have to be really perfect. We're just covering up the white of the canvas. And then I put my fingers into the back with these small canvases that I can pick them up and not touch the sides with the wet paint. And you just wanna make sure that you're getting into all of the folds of the canvas on the corners. And you want to cover up all of that white area of the canvas. So there it is. That's my first painting. And I'm going to set it on my rag to dry so that it is not touching the table. Even though I haven't paint table, I like to keep it as clean as I can. So here I'm mixing some yellow, a smidge of red, and a little bit of white, and I'm gonna fill in my crown. I'm using my size to bright brush right now. And so I can get those points on the crown really nicely with the corner of the brush. And then I actually just fill in the whole crown. But I I had to correct. I went up a little high on the right side, sorry, brought the left side up a little bit as well. And I can actually see in real life, I can see that graphite through the yellow paint just to a little bit, but I remember what I drew anyways, so that's fine. You just wanna get the, the base of it covered. And then we're going to paint those circles later. Here's a pink, I'm mixing up with white and bread and I'm just going to fill in, I'm using my brush the horizontal way, just rounding it out at the ends, trying to make my lines pretty clean, but they're also not perfect because this is just kinda fun for fun. And then I'm drawing a circle in the center with my small 0 round brush, and that's got blue on it. And now I'm going in the middle with the teal. So I've got these little gems in my crown now. And I added a couple of small dots in between those larger Three. And a little dot on my Gems just to give the impression that they are reflecting some light to one little dot off to the side. And then I did a row of polka dots in the base there. And then I thought I was just making up a collar on the spot. I decided to go with a purple. So I mixed red and blue together in a little bit of white and I'm doing a little dot at the top of the crown. And you can always look at my reference images to see if you want to copy this. It's totally fine. And then a couple more dots in each triangle. And that's kind of like a lavender with a white in it and purple. Ok, so now I have just blew on my size to bright brush and I'm doing that buffer zone around the ground just to make sure that I don't knock into it when I'm covering the majority of the canvas. So I'm using the corner of the brush to get into all of those little nooks and crannies. And this is sped up. I'm not painting this quickly in real life. It's just a simple painting, so, and it's just simple shapes. Now I'm getting into the notebooks of my crown. I didn't paint all the way up until the little dots at the end. I'm going to give them a little margin of white around them because I was worried that that dark purple at the end was going to get lost in the background paint because they're so close, there wouldn't be a lot of contrast. So I'm giving them a little bit of canvas showing through so that they stand out a little bit more. So I'm just giving them a wider area that I'm I'm not painting right up next to that color, just giving it a little space. And then two more. Just going around those carefully. And it's really cool how much control I get with this small bright brush. I love it. Now I am going up to a size ten bright brush to fill in the background just like before. And then getting the sides. And you might want to smooth it over after you apply the paint just to give it an even application, because there is a little bit of transparency with this blue paint. So it's nice, just smooth it out actually, you apply it. Ok. So that's ready to dry. Okay, now we're working on the wings. So I am mixing teal and blue together to give myself a nice dark, dark Teal or like a medium blue. And I'm using my size to bright brush. And I'm going to follow the guidelines of the graphite. And it's okay, that line is kinda fat right now. We're just adding the first layer right now. So I'm outlining those areas. And I'm holding my brush up and down. So the bristles are going horizontally. So it's I get nice line work there, especially where the wings go up, but i kinda messed up right here. So I just went over it and then I'll layer over it later and it's no big deal. Keep your brush loaded but not overloaded. You don't want it to get to 2pi. You can tell it's ready to load when the paint dries out and it starts to drag on the canvas. Ok, now I washed my brush and I just have to deal in it. The paint from before is a little bit wet, so it's blending a little bit on the canvas, which is fine. And I'm just going in those open spaces and overlapping them just a little bit. So filling in those white areas. And now our wing is taking form. Okay. And just one little dash in the middle part. And then we're going to cover over our mistake or my mistake from before. Now the paint that was in my brush, that teal, I just left it there and I picked up some white and mixed it up on the palate. So now we have a lighter teal and I'm just adding a little bit more to my, my feathers there, just simply letting some of them paint show through from before and then making a highlight. And now I went down to my size 0 round brush. I've got just white on the brush. And then I'm just going to add a smaller area that's just white, and that's going to be our final highlight. So the light is really showing on these feathers and it gets them form. So form is always just when you have shadow and light on a shape. Now I'm taking some yellow and red together. Red is a pretty strong color in relationship to yellow. So you want a lot of yellow and a little bit of red. And I added some white as well. And we're gonna do an orange background because Orange is the opposite color to blue and they're going to really pop next to each other. So I'm just giving myself that buffer area between the object and the background with the background color, just like we did before. And filling that in. So then I'm going to go up a brush size to the ten bright brush and I actually have to mix this. Again, I didn't mix enough before to cover the whole canvas which nobody Dell, we're just doing a lot of yellow, a little bit of red and a little bit of white. And we're going to fill that in. And it's okay if a lot of brush stroke show because we're going to be covering this up with beads, but not so much on the sides. You can put beads on the sides if you want. But in my example I don't, so I want the size is, decides to look really good. So here I have the three canvases next to each other. And I'm going to compare them to make sure that there are good little series. So the Crown has a little bit more detail. So I'm gonna bring those details over to the wing and the heart now. And I'm going to start by adding a little bit darker shadow to the wings because the crown canvas has a lot of dark blue in it. So I'm going to bring that dark blue over. So I'm just exchanging elements that are in one canvas and bringing them over to all three. So there just wasn't enough dark area here. I'm doing some polka dots under this area of feathers. And I'm just deepening the shadows on this painting. And then on this one I'm bringing the same dark blue in. And I'm going to make an outline on the heart. So I don't have to do much because they're all i want them over look different, but like they belong together. So just adding that dark blue that so dominant in the crown painting. And then it ties them together a little bit more. And that looks great. Ok, we're going to actually fix that side up a little bit. Wonderful. And I added some weight to my star because the crown painting also has more white in it. So I added some dots around the heart. And I actually really like this looks I'm gonna do it again on the wings. So I'm doing polka dots all the way around. And I like how these polka dots work with the beads and the jewelry parts. Two you'll see later. Okay, now everything looks like it goes together. And I think the crown is still kind of center piece, but we're ready to rock and up next we're going to work on the jewelry layout. So I will see you there. 5. Jewelry Layout: Hello and welcome to the jewelry layout lesson. In this lesson, you can see that we begin to design our composition. I'm just playing around with some jewelry parts. And we're going to start thinking about where we're going to gloom down. So let's have a look. So I have my three canvases in the center, and I'm going to start with some small beads. And I'm gonna pick which Canvas will look the best with which color of beads. So those green and blue beads I'm gonna put with the wings. Those might look good over there, but I think I changed that up. But for now I'm just playing, I'm just exploring. So I have a small lavender beans here. And I think those will go well with the heart. So we're gonna keep that there for now and see what happens next. I have some chain. And we're going to see which chain looks nice with which Canvas. And I think actually ditch the chain later. But again, we're just exploring, so I'm just holding things up to the canvas that would look really cute going around the wings like that. So that could be an option there. Here're some earrings. And I like the idea of having pieces go off the edge of a canvas, just flowing it partially down. Kind of like a pinnacle at the top there. So that could be fun. Here's some more earrings. So these green ones, like maybe they could meet in the center or maybe I could use them around the heart there. And kind of outline that a little bit. And so it's just an exploration time. Now, these feathers, I really like with the heart, they almost turn into wings. So I left those there. Here are some roses. Maybe those could go down at the center. There's a little bit more space for them down at the bottom. I mean, that goes well with the teal in that crown. So those can be fun. Those are old bracelet parts. Here are those pieces from the belt buckle that are kind of flimsy but would be great for mixed media. Maybe a rows at the bottom of each Canvas. So I turn those upwards to make room. And then I could try that out. Now that kind of ties all of the canvases together. That could be an option. This one's totally broken, but I can just bend that metal bag. And I can use my needle nose pliers to fix it. But I got distracted by this shiny necklace. So this I want to take apart and I've got my snips. And SNPS can come alone or they also come on needle nose pliers, So you just snap down and it broke the metal. And now that Ps is off the necklace. And I think I'm gonna take this little dangle bit off as well. So I'm just going to get in there with my snipers. It's being a little stubborn, but just break that piece off. And I can use these Ryan stones on the top and bottom of those wings. Maybe. Everything right now is a Maybe. I'm just playing. That looks cute with the heart. But I want something go on top. That seems a little big though, but I'm just going to keep it nearby for now. And I actually go down with camera and get more close-ups soon. So right now we're just looking at the big picture. And once I kind of delegate these different parts, two different canvases, I can refine my design a little bit more and we'll zoom in with the cameron. Okay, so that, that could be cute. Okay, here I have this little piece of filigree. And we'll put one on the other side as well. Here are yellow rose captions and I like these a lot and I use them. I use them in a couple of these canvases by the end. But right now I'm just playing like maybe I would outline the wings with several of those. Here's an earring with that Ryan Stone bit, but the earrings kind of rounded so it was sliding off. And then I realized a plate is the way to go. So everything I'm considering for one canvas, I put on a plate with it to keep it all together. Here's a bracelet. And so I'm just who I love this one. It's missing a centerpiece, but we're going to fill it in. We're just going to get something down in the middle of it. So that's a keeper right there. I was thinking maybe I would use this little gold piece which is like a floral accent. And so this heart is really reminding me, kinda like a sacred heart. I love religious art. It doesn't matter what religion it's from. I just think religious art is really interesting looking. So that's what that reminds me of. Ok, so here I have my bracelet, I have little bits down there. I thought maybe it could go underneath that. But then I found these butterfly wings and was thinking like, Ooh, those are cute but they're kind of getting lost in the dark background. So I thought I might, they also have some gunk on him from an old mixed media piece that I tore him off of. So I thought I could cover that gunk with rows. But the yellow roses were kind of getting lost in the crown. They were getting like visually lost in it. So I chose the blue rows, Kaba Sean's instead. And that breaks up the contrast a little bit. Now here's a Ps. This is a nice Wadi piece of metal filigree. And I'm just going to use my needle nose pliers to twist. That jumps 2p in the middle and then the pieces come off really easily. So here's the smaller of the two. And I was thinking, oh, maybe I can layer that and build that up even more. And here's the bigger one. And I was like, ooh, that's cute, but it's too much. So I switched them out. And now I have that Ryan Stone piece. I think it used to be a pin and I just snip the pin off the back. So I'm layering them that way and I love that. Really FUN. Here are a few pieces of earrings that could be little end caps to that center. And I like how the light green ties in with the light teal on the bracelet. So here's my collection of things for that guy. So up next we're going to talk about how to glue all of this down. So I will see you there. 6. Glue Down #1: The Crown: Hello and welcome to Glue known. Number one, we're gonna do the crown canvas first, so we end up with this design in the end. Let's see how we do it. Alright, so I've got my gel medium. This is by Golden. It's, the regular consistency is kinda like the consistency of peanut butter. So I'm going to pour out these purple beads. They're actually freshwater pearls. But though hole in these beads is too small for me to get my line through for if I was streaming jewelries. So they went into the mixed media kit. So I'm just dabbing on a generous amount of the gel medium. And we can clean this off in the end, it will dry clear, so don't worry about that. I'm just gonna set my beads in the gel medium. You want it to be thick enough that it will grab the, the, the shape of these beads. And then we'll just wipe away they access with the brush. So I just rolling them in and then you can add more as you go along. So I like the idea of having the outline of the crown. It gives it a nice jumping off point to transition from a smaller bead to the larger pieces. So just rolling these into the gel medium, lining them up in a pleasing way. And then I can use the handle of the brush to get them into a nice line. And then I wiped off some of that medium that was on the brush, onto the canvas where I know I'm going to use it. And then I wiped clear the medium that was getting messy around it. And I think I want a line in between the beads and the painting so that there's a little bit of a margin or a break for the eye. So now I'm just going to continue along. This is sped up a little bit. And we're just going to roll those in one by one. And when I put the, the medium down, I kinda lift up with the brush to get a little peek on the gel. And I call those grabbers. So when you do this, you put the brush down and then he lifted up in the gel will kind of lift up with it and then, you know that there's something to grab onto your beads or your jewelry bits or whatever you're laying down. Okay. So one more there was still kind of room for one more at the end there. I don't think I'm gonna go over the top of the crown with these just because those spaces are a little small for the size of the beam. So you wanna keep your beads at a good scale for what you're working with here. And a lot of these decisions are made on the spot. I didn't have a plan for exactly how these freshwater pearls we're going to end up on the canvas. But I knew I wanted to use them. They were on the plate. And I like the smaller beads next to the larger centerpiece. So now let's work on this pinnacle idea. I've got a good amount of gel down. I'm taking it up to the edge and covered. I kinda memorize where are the piece lays down and then quickly apply and it's going to extend outside a little bit of that shape of the jewelry part there. And that's okay because it's gonna hang off the edge and I want this extra gel. I'm kind of brushing it back onto the side of this jewellery piece so that it's hugging the edges a little bit more. And remember, this is going to dry Claire, so are fine. But you want to just clean it up. You don't want it to look like it's scooping out even if it is clear. Ok, so now I'm going to work on my butterfly wings and I actually put that one down, upside-down at first, but I fix it in a minute. Here's the other one. I'm just about to fix that. So this one is upright and I'm like loops though one's upside-down. Okay, so a good amount there, and I'm just gonna set these. These are pretty lightweight, so I'm just going to clean them up a little bit. Make sure they look nice. But then other things are gonna go over the top. So I have my blue rows kava shot in there. And I'm going to apply the acrylic medium to the back of it. So you can do it either way. You can apply to the actual jewelry part or you can apply to the canvas. And then there's one for this site. And I like that, that looks cute. Ok, do I want to use this small piece or the big one? I think the big one takes up too much space as much as I love it. Do I want to use a rose? Do I want to use this guy? Actually, I like that. So I'm, this piece has a lot of, it's not totally flat on the bottom. So I'm using a little bit more of the gel to fill in that space and I'm going to apply it pretty well to the whole back. And I'm making those little grabbers, lifting the brush up, making the gel peak up a little bit, and then setting it and plays. And I like that. Yeah. Because I'm also going to use that bracelet at the bottom. I think that'll be really cute. So here's this guy and I like how that ties together with the piece I just applied. Next I have these red beads that are long and I'm just going to play with them a little bit. Just dump that out onto to the dish there. And I like how they would kind of add a pop of red working with that crown a little bit. Let's move this down. And I like that, but I'm going to try them in a different way in a moment here is that teal round bead, it's plastic. But I think I want to use the red ones down at the bottom instead. Read, actually looks better, lower in a painting if you're working with a ground. So I'm gonna give this a little bit of a, a grounding affect and use these horizontally. Yeah, blue often looks really good up above and red looks good down below. Just like really, really loose rule of thumb in art. I think it's because of the actual world we live in where the sky is blue and the ground is more of a brown color. So I'm bringing these teal color b up top. And I like it. Now I'm going to use these empty metal bits and have those up at the top. So I just want to flatten them a little bit with my pliers. And so I'm just smashing them, kind of getting him how I want. Ok. And again, with that one, because it's meant to have that beat in the middle and I took it fell out. So there we go. So that looks good. I think that's going to be the final design. So I'm just going to take the extra beads on my plate. Actually added two more there. But yeah, now I'm going to empty my plate and work on the final glue down. So I'm just adding my acrylic gel medium. It's a lot like frosting, but not quite as thick as he would Frost a cupcake. And then you just want to slide those into position. There's lots of time to reposition things because this acrylic gel medium needs a couple hours to really set up and overnight to cure. So you want to make sure that you have a place to put this later where it can be still and will get bombed or anything like that. And I'm just laying down my final beads, putting a little bit on that piece and then adding those. And I forgot when I forgot that left side silver peas. And in the morning I woke up and was loose and I was like, what the heck? It's because I just forgot to count, though that was funny. But up next we're going to work on the heart and I will see you there. 7. Glue Down #2: The Heart: Hello and welcome to Glue down number two, the heart. And you can see this is how this canvas winds up turning out. So let's see how that looks. Alright, so I have my feather earrings there, which I actually had already glued those pearl pieces to that from a different little project I was trying out. And these are not totally symmetrical. Are they going in the same direction? So I have to kind of play with the angle. And I don't mind that they're going to be different. I actually kinda like it. So I'm going to try that piece down there. I love it, but it's a little big. It's covering up my heart. I want to have all those polka dots exposed. So I turned to my tried and true rose Cabot John's. I love those. But yours is gonna look totally different of course. But keep an eye out for things that you could just pry apart. Ok, now I have a little bent, so I just kinda wailed that around. And that's going to lay down right there and I'm holding it with my finger where it's going to come off the canvas and I lay down my gel medium, lay that heart or the feather down and then I'm brushing the gel medium up to the edge of it so that it's hugging the edge. It just makes me feel more secure. But I think it would stay on if I didn't do this. But I just push it up against the piece so that it's holding on a little bit from the edge. And that's that. So now I'm going to do the same thing on the other side. I want to expose those polka dots that I painted on. So I'm being careful with those. I can go right over them with the gel medium. And it's going to dry clear. Ok. You can wipe off excess back onto the jar and then clean up the surrounding area and those are set. Now I'm going to put on my yellow roses. And just like before we can do it right onto the jewelry part and lay it down. I don't even have to push that. It's not like paper where I have to smooth it out to get the wrinkles out. They have more weight to him than paper. I just push him down and the acrylic gel medium can I fills in the gap because right here I'm going or the canvas and that metal part. So and you know, if something's touching with enough of the medium, it's going to stick like no other. I could pick this canvas up by the feather piece and it would hold Once this is dry. Very strong. Now I'm gonna just smooth out the excess and clean it up and wipe it back onto the jar. Now here I have this piece. I'm going to put on a good amount, but I'm not going to cover up all of the area that's going to hang off of the canvas. I cannot save a little bit there. And I'm going to wipe that off a little bit because it's, it doesn't mean quite so much. And so I didn't put medium Arne to the area that's going to hang off the edge. And now this little guy is gonna get set in the center of that first piece. It's kind of a perfect fit. And it's good enough for what I'm doing at least. So I put some gel down and then the piece and just squished it in. And that's it. Let's do these two filigree pieces. I'm going to align those right up at the corners pretty well. And that's good. Now I'm going to take these lavender beads. They look a lot like the freshwater pearls I used in the crown. But they're smaller. They're not the same type of bead, but they are definitely similar psi like that. And I'm just going to line them up in place. And you can use tweezers if you like. These are kind of small. So if it helps you, you can use tweezers or needle nose pliers to pick them up. But I found that with the size I could still just kind of do it on with my fingers and it was fine. And I liked this size a lot if they line up nicely and they're not too small to grab. And I'm just filling in the area in between these pieces and then allowing those those polka dots, my painting to show through. And adding little by little as I go. And it might seem tempting to just do the whole background and slap on the entire area with the gel medium at once. But it might start to dry up on you a little bit if you worked on it. On the whole thing at once. Now I lost just like a minute of camera footage, but I finished the bottom. And you can see there that this piece is complete. So up next we're going to do the final Canvas in glue down number three with the wings. So I will see you there. 8. Glue Down #3: The Wings: Hello and welcome back to glue down number three where we do the wing Canvas. So here you can see how it turned out. Let's have a look at how we did it, right? So I have my my piece up at the top. I'm just kind of playing with what I'm gonna do at the bottom. But I know that I like those two parts overlapping at the top. So I'm just kind of tweaking my layout here. Do I like the roses? Do I like that piece? And I added these guys. I like the turquoise with it. And I like, I think I like that center flower a lot. So instead of those pink roses, I ended up using The yellow ones. So that's my common thread through all of these are the rows captions were a winner. So I'm laying down this piece first, hang it off the edge, and then I'm going to layer this grindstone piece or the top. Then I have these puppies on the side. So I love how the symmetry really works for this symmetry is a thing because it's pleasing to the eye. It gives us stability. And people like looking at symmetrical things. So if you, you're always welcome to do an asymmetrical composition if you want. But it is a fan favorite. Okay, so I've got my bigger pieces down here and I'm just going to squeeze out some of those smaller beads onto my plate. And these are so small that I'm gonna apply them kind of like glitter. And I, to be honest, I kind of like the bigger beads better. And I think I would go back to that more in the future after this because the sprinkling of fact with the smaller beads. And it looked a little bit. What's the word? Loosey-goosey. And I'm using my brush handle to kinda straighten things out a bit. So I'm just getting them all dispersed there. And then I decided to try another approach which was to take the bag of beads and port on. And that was actually pretty effective. So I'm just pushing everything off to the side, giving it all snug in there, getting all those little nooks and crannies. But this would be really painstaking. If I was doing one at a time, maybe that would be just the right thing for you. Maybe you like small details and you like the meditative practice of just laying things down like something small, like little beads. And so it's not a writer or a wrong thing. But I just wanted you to see in this class the difference of using small beans and kind of medium beads for this kind of background effect. So there is my final layout for my wings. And I love that grindstone piece up at the top, and I loved all of the turquoise in here. It's really fun. It looks great with the orange. And I liked the pallet on this one. So here are the three. I wonder what your favorite is. I think mine might be the heart. I really like that, but I had a lot of fun making these. So thanks for joining me. I can't wait to see what you make. So let me know, Take a picture and show me and loved to say, thank you so much for joining me for this class. I had a blast creating these spaces. If you enjoyed this, please consider following me for future updates on new classes that I offer. And remember, Art is meant to be fun. So if you show up in practice with an open mind, you'll learn something new every time. Happy creating much love. This is a decision.