January 31, 2012

Fruit Bowl Turned Sculpture

I stopped by my good friend Hellitz' blank slate living room. In a corner, was a collection of things she considered donating to a thrift store. Most of it made sense to throw out but this glass fruit bowl caught my eye. You don't just go to any store and find a piece like this.

What I love the most about it is that it's interesting in every angle. 

We went to our local craft store where she picked out some paints. I love acrylic paints and we found that Decoart Dazzling Metallics worked well with glass, even though it took several layers before I couldn't see any light seep through the glass.

I lalalalove acrylic paint. I grew up on it. I've used it for ceramics, jewelry boxes, even for some picture frames. No fumes, you can use it indoors and it spreads where you want it to spread. Almost fool proof....almost.

I painted the back of the glass so that the lines and curves in the front of the bowl weren't compromised and if Hellitz or her boyfriend Pablo ever decided to fill the bowl again, the paint wouldn't get scratched. It's new home is now a built-in bookcase, it's propped up to show off its beautiful lines. 

There was also a canvas panting that she bought from one of the local big box stores. It didn't match the new color scheme of silvers, grays and blues so I suggested we paint color fields over the painting,. If you can draw a square, you can paint some color fields. 

Divided the painting in half with with black paint. 

It took a few layers of paint to cover the painting. Note to self: invest in primer. 

This Mark Rothko painting was the inspiration to our humble piece. I'm definitely no Mark Rothko but I think the painting is just right for her space.

She scored these curtains from Target. Love em! Yes, it's a cell phone pic. Promise to get better pics for the final reveal. :D 
We're still looking for a rug, wall decor and throw pillows.Ah! The hunt continues! 

What I learned:
  • Paint and glass aren't the most compatible but it helps to wait for the layers to completely dry before you move on to the next layer. 
  • Before you go shopping for the small stuff, always look around and use your imagination. Free is just smarter. 

1 comment:

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Very pretty!!! Love your touches!!! Thanks for leaving a sweet note for me earlier! Glad to know about your blog!!! XO, Aimee