Lovely Lisa - the owner and busy bee of That Craft Place - has the most wonderful range of laser cut MDF bits and pieces and this time I want to show you how to create this grungy frame with a bit of bling:
As you can see I originally thought of using one of her lovely bird shapes along with it, but during the process that idea got lost...lol
The list of materials I used can be found at the bottom of this post. All media and items I used can be bought at That Craft Place - either the bricks and mortar shop, the facebook group or the online store.
For a larger view simply click on the images.
Steps 1 and 2:
Give the frame a coat of white DecoArt media Gesso. Once that has dried, put a layer of DecoArt media fluid acrylic Titan Buff on top.
Using DecoArt Carbon Black media fluid acrylic paint stamp on some cracks. To do so spread some of the paint flat out on a palette or non stick crafting sheet and dab the stamp into the paint. Remember to clean the stamp immediately after use with soap and water as the acrylic paint can't be removed once it has dried! Using acrylic paint for stamping adds a little extra texture (but you can of course use archival stamping ink instead).
Rub and dab on some DecoArt media Texture Sand Paste using your fingers. Leave out the stamped areas. Let dry.
Steps 5 and 6:
Apply a wash of DecoArt media Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide fluid acrylic in random places and especially onto the areas with the Texture Sand paste. A wash means you generously apply heavily diluted paint (almost more water than paint).
If you find that you want your paint to puddle and run even more you can also add water directly with your brush to the spots where you have already added paint to. Dab off and/or add paint as you carry on until you are content with the effect.
Repeat the procedure with DecoArt media English Red Oxide fluid acrylic.
After that has dried thoroughly dry brush on some DecoArt media Paynes Grey using a dry (!) wide flat soft brush. Only load the very tip of your brush and "paint" a piece of kitchen roll so there's only little paint left on your brush - gently brush that onto the textural areas and the edges of your frame. This will tone it down and also make any texture more visible.
Add some DecoArt media Cobalt Turquoise Hue in various spots.
Next add the brighter DecoArt media Cobalt Teal Hue in the same spots to create a kind of patina look.
Right now your frame should already have turned from rather bright to grungy dark and worn looking.
Step 10 (is optional for those who really want their frame to look grungy and dark):
be brave and randomly scrape on some DecoArt media black Gesso with the smallest palette knife you have!
This will add more depth and detail to your frame! Don't be afraid of covering up what's underneath. Layering techniques are all about letting go ;)
For a finishing touch embellish your frame with some thin rough string and a pendant. I coloured mine using Ranger Alcohol Inks.
Instead of putting an image behind your frame you could also fix a smaller panel with four holes in its corners with some string that you attach to four spots of your frame....or maybe even do both sides of the frame and attach some moveable parts to its centre and create a mobile....the possibilities are endless.
- That Craft Place Ltd. MDF laser cut frame
- DecoArt media products:
* fluid acrylic paints: carbon black, titan buff, transparent yellow iron oxide, english red oxide, paynes grey, cobalt turquoise hue, cobalt teal hue
* gesso: black and white
* specialty media: Texture Sand Paste
- non stick craft sheet
- crackle stamp
- small palette knife
- wide tip soft brush
- kitchen roll
- Ranger alcohol inks: Stream, Juniper
- thin rough cord
The actual challenge "Layers" which is an "all crafts challenge" this time, has just started! Why not check out the fab projects of the DT and play along?!!!
Hugs and happy crafting,