You will need:
- Black acrylic paint.
- A dremel.
- A good quality, fine paintbrush.
- Various dremel peices.
- Wood varnish (indoor)
So I was first inspired to do this when I got back from South America.
I had always had a monthly re design of my room before I left, as I find it gets really boring way too fast. Modern day furniture has no life in it. Most of the time it’s really cheaply made, pretty basic and very easily re-designable which was great in my case.
My primary inspiration was a set of three tribal turtle tattoo designs which I found on google images.
I have always loved tribal designs as they look really cool and so I decided to draw and paint them onto the first three drawers. This worked out amazingly and it looked pretty snazzy, but, then my eyes wondered to the handles on the drawers. My thought process was like “I need to do something to the handles too, or my work isn’t complete!”. Yes, you could say I am kind of a perfectionist in that aspect.
My home has always had around three to four dremel’s that are lying around the place. For some reason they get bought (because of their amazing price!) and then, they pile up in a cupboard somewhere. So when I came up with using the primary design on the turtles for the draw handles, I decided to go for a more 3D look by using a dremel.
Now if you have never used a dremel before practice is in order, or you will cry at the results you get at trying to “artistically design your furniture”. After you have had practice, using a dremel is really easy. Draw the design you want to use onto the handle as a base and then go over the design using various dremel tools. Now do not rush your work. It took me about half an hour per handle to get the nice carved look I wanted. Also, this is totally up to personal preference, but after I carved the designs into the handles I painted one of them black and left the other one normal. I was going for a kind of chess board design on them as I like the fact that now they all looked different.
After the first three drawers were completed I looked at the bottom three and thought “Okay! Most turtles don’t swim very deep down in the water, so, what does?” I do not know why but right at that moment the jellyfish song started playing in my head: “Jellyfish! Jellyfish! etc.”
In conclusion, the animals I chose to paint on the draws were jellyfish! A set of three, in the same design as the turtles were. Small, medium and large.
I didn’t want to copy someone elses design this time, as every body has their own unique way of drawing stuff, so I looked on google images for pictures of real life jellyfish and went on from there.
After I had designed, drawn and painted them onto the three bottom drawers, I came up with three more handle designs, per draw, that matched each jellyfish.
When the base of the furniture was completed, I just had to attack the top. It looked so lonely!
The main design had been based on sea creatures, so now I decided to paint on the bottom corners of the top, my two favourite land and air animals. These being a wolf and a humming bird. I made these animals into tribal ones using their real life versions.
Now that the two bottom corners were done in the complete design I had sea, land and air so, I thought a sun was in order and to tie that all up my two favourite star signs.
After designing and painting a sun, scorpio and capricorn star signs onto the top of my chest of drawers it was finally finished.
All that was needed was a varnish over all of the designs so that they wouldn’t get scratched off. This brought the whole piece of furniture together really nicely and made it look amazing!
Now you don’t need to base your furniture on tribal, it can be with any design you want, but it is a great way of making your room look beautiful but really personal at the same time
All the rest of my designs, sketches, and photos of my chest of drawers can be found on: http://anniedelys.deviantart.com/