My latest project is renovating a Bearded Dragon enclosure. The owners have combined a tank and unit for a complete look, and they do look great together, but they would like the design that is already on the unit onto the tank enclosure aswell. I went to see what I will be working with to make an assessment and to see if this is something I could actually do.
The unit and tank together.
Taking a closer look
ok, so the unit has a glossy black finish which looks good but will need a few touch ups. I think the glossy finish can stay as it gives a clean and crisp look. The front of the tank has a black matt finish but I think that will have to go as I feel it is too much contrast and also think it will look good to give it a gloss look to match the unit. The owner discussed keeping the gold pattern and repeating it to the sides of the tank and would also like a bearded dragon design on the top. The gold floral design is actually what looks like a mixture of clear varnish or possibly glue, and gold glitter. This train of thought leads me to stencil work.
I have begun a study of Bearded dragon’s, to get to know them and learn their shape and so have made a few sketches.
Creating a replica stencil to repeat the original floral pattern should be easy enough, and for the Bearded Dragon, I think I will try scanning some illustrations, then scan them for Photoshop and possibly find a way of inverting the illustration or use photo shop filters so that when printed, it should work as a stencil by cutting selected areas out.