Painting the Elephant Bangle - Part I

Painting the Elephant Bangle - Part I

Published On: 11-24-2012 04:54am

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 It's been a while since I've blogged on a regular basis.  Life has thrown a few curves my way the last few months that knocked me flat, but I feel ready to start blogging again as it's something I enjoy doing.  While thinking about possible topics, I remembered that I've been meaning to blog about my elephant bangle.  Thought it would be fun to share my process from start to finish and here we go.

This wood bangle is the perfect canvas:


Here are some of my sketches.  I cut a piece of paper the same height and circumference of the bangle and sketched the elephants on it to be sure they'd fit:



I taped the inside of the bangle with blue painters tape because I didn't want to get paint on the inside.  At this point, I'm not sure if I'm going to leave it natural or paint something inside:


After that, I applied three coats of dark green acrylic paint:


The beginnings of a background with some subtle shading and highlights:


This bangle took me several months to complete and because I have a ton of photos of this project, I'll be posting them a few at a time in this series.  At this point, I don't know how many posts that will be as I'm going through all the photos I have of the elephants and trying not to over do it by posting too many.

I hope you enjoy following along as I share a journey that gave me great joy to work on and to eventually finish. 


Reader's Comments

By EweniqueEssentials on 05/13/2013 @ 02:02pm

Let the elephant parade begin! How fascinating to see your artistic process. I've not painted anything except the walls in my house, so I am curious to see how the elephants come to life.

By DesertCreations on 05/12/2013 @ 11:49am

This is a wonderful introduction to the start of the bangle and you have a great eye for detail and shading!!

By CatsWire on 11/24/2012 @ 09:14pm

How can I forget the elephants? They were one of my favorite threads ever and I really wish I could see them in person one day. And now - because that's the way I am - I'm going to send you subversive messages ... wolf ... wolf ... wolf ... ;-)

By j3jewelry on 11/24/2012 @ 07:30pm

Oh Dawn I am so glad you're making this blog series! I remember it in the old forum. I just love your painted wood jewelry. And I love elephants too.

By JewelryArtByDawn on 11/24/2012 @ 06:31am

Thank you, Catherine! I'm excited about this now that I've started the series. Dear Guest. The wolf series has been on hold since life went crazy. I'm hoping to get back to work on it soon. Like during my Chrissy break! xo

By Guest on 11/24/2012 @ 06:06am

I remember only too well our gorgeous elephant friends - cant wait to see what you do here Dawn. I never ended up seeing the end to the wolf series either, would love to see those pictures xo

By ShadowDogDesigns on 11/24/2012 @ 05:49am

You have left me wanting more, Dawn! I look forward to see your process in creating this bangle bracelet. Be sure to let us know your next installment! Peace and joy . . . Catherine

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