I’m an enormous fan of sculptural white artwork and objects, I discover myself drawn to them like a moth to a flame. Over time I’ve spotlighted favorites, like how a lot I like botanical bas aid or that point I made these clay jewellery holders. I even discover myself sculpting ceramic bowls to seem like ripples in sand.
I set my thoughts on giving a bit nook of our residence a glow up, particularly the wall above the household’s laptop computer desk. I wished so as to add just a few artwork prints but additionally one thing attention-grabbing and dimensional. In my seek for one thing past simply framed artwork, I spied this shadow box botanical art at Pottery Barn and thought I’d make myself a far cheaper DIY model.
My model turned out very comparable, however I used fake boxwood branches as a substitute to create my paintings.
The method was fairly easy, there’s only some issues it’s good to recreate this artwork undertaking: a set of 8” shadow boxes, boxwood (or comparable) fake botanical stems, plaster of paris, white spray paint or white spray primer, mixing bucket, and a scorching glue gun.
As soon as the shadow containers arrived (2 day supply on Amazon) I went to Michaels seeking botanicals that will match inside my frames. I settled on one $5 boxwood stem, introduced it residence and clipped it into three components.
I dipped the stems in plaster of paris and let it dry on wax paper. A bit of tip on dipping, ensure you gently shake the stem for about 60 seconds in order a lot of the surplus drips again into your bucket of plaster. You’ll have to repeat this two or thrice to get full protection.
Subsequent layer the dipped stems on one sheet of wax paper and attempt to make it as unfold out and flat as doable. As soon as the plaster units for about ten minutes, transfer the stems to a second piece of wax paper to completely dry. I allowed mine to dry a full 24 hours till they have been stiff.
Watch out when transferring them, they plaster will break off in case you’re too tough with them. As soon as the plaster was dry I moved the stems to small items of cardboard then spray painted them with white primer to present them a matte end, and likewise to fill in any gaps the place the plaster didn’t connect, so the stems could be white throughout.
One other tip: if there are gaps within the spray painted plaster stems, spray a small quantity of the spray paint into its cap and contact up the plaster dipped stem with the paint on the comb.
As soon as the spray paint was dry I used scorching glue to connect the plaster lined painted stems to the again of the shadow field, then rigorously reassembled them. I’m posting a video on Instagram so you possibly can see the method there too.
This was my last association with the set, one on the shelf and one held on the wall. I added an additional plaster dipped boxwood stem as sculptural artwork on the shelf.
I like their look and so they value me solely $30 for the pair, lots lower than Pottery Barn’s price ticket which is $79 every!