Monday, 20 April 2015

Copper patina star - DecoArt techniques - Board 1

As part of being a Helping Hand Artist I was lucky to receive a box of DecoArt products the other week and I have been having great fun experimenting with texture and metal techniques using some other products I have and mixing them together. I am focusing on building some samples for my next Country View Crafts workshop where I will teach some metal effects that I have devised and that can be used in both card making, mixed-media and altered art.

This is my first piece and I have used the Tim Holtz star to show off this particular effect.


The tarnished copper patina star uses media fluid acrylics and patina cream antiquing cream with Onxyite Treasure Gold.


The base it sits on is a Tando ATC on which I used a Andy Skinner rust technique I learnt on one of his workshops again using media fluid acrylics with a red metallic paint I have. Over it I stamped Andy's scratch stamp in media white gesso and gave it a coat of watery quinacridone gold, then when it was dry I sanded the edges back.


A close up of the crackle on the cabinet card which is a foamboard base, I used the white crackle paint and added some raw umber to age the edges and a watery wash over the top.



On the star you can see the glow of the copper and the fabulous green patina that can develop on it.


There will be a few more boards being shown here over the coming weeks as I want one for each of the six metal effects I have devised.


Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. This workshop will be up on Country View Crafts soon and if you can get to Flitwick in Bedfordshire fairly easily on the 6th June it would be lovely to see you.

hugs Brenda xxx





25 comments:

Glennis said...

Fabulous project Brenda, I wish I could come to your workshops!

Nicole Wright said...

Wow Brenda you've really used DecoArts beautifully! I love what you've made. One day I should get this die. Don't you love DecoArts!!! I LOVE my BIG Box of Mixed Media... And chalky finish paint...and...

Sue Butler said...

OMG Brenda.
I love the effect on all the elements you have used on this project. It looks amazing.
Smiles:)
Sue

Nikki Acton said...

Wonderful effects, the star looks fantastic! Looking forward to the workshop. Nikki x

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous and great effects on that star! I just discovered the properties of Onyxide TG, (though I have had the pot for years) the effect together with the Patina Antiquing cream is brilliant!

Margreet said...

Wow, for this fab project you deserve a STAR!
xxx Margreet

Patty O'Malley said...

This is awesome, Brenda! The star looks exactly like aged copper.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely Brenda, the background is gorgeous and I love the dimensional star too. Tracy z

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Brenda, this is just so amazing!! How I wish I could teleport over the water and be there for your class! hugs :)

pearshapedcrafting said...

This is fascinating - if we were't going to be in France I'd be booking a B and B in Bedfordshire right now!! Chrisx

Nan G said...

Ooo this is so cool! I love it! Wish I could get m hands on all this yummy decoarts media fluids...very hard to find in stock here in the states. Look forward to the next one.

crafty creations said...

Absolutely stunning Brenda - the techniques is amazing and the background you put it on awesome

Sara Barker said...

FAbulous copper effect on the star, and great crackle on the background. Wish I could wiggle my nose and be across the ocean for your workshop! It's bound to be a blast and informative!

Lynn Price said...

Wow, Brenda - this is incredible!! The patina on the star is stunning, as is the background. And I love how you have mounted this on the bigger background with crackle and beautiful colors. Can't wait to see what else you have come up with! And agree with Sara B. - wish I could magically transport myself to your workshop! xxxx Lynn

mamablitger said...

Brenda your art is always AMAZING.. Today as well. Gorgeous project. Love the copper and crackle and star and and and...lol
Wish I could join your workshop /course. Could you consider offering a workshop in Spain ( South ). The weather is much better...lol..
Thanks a lot for sharing your fab art and keeping on inspiring us.
Hugs from Monica... Spain

Inkypinkycraft said...

this looks fab brenda x

Anita Houston said...

That star is fabulous! Looks so real!

massofhair said...

You had me hooked at metal patina as i do love metal effects and lots of texture. I do hope that you may sometime consider coming up North to do some teaching so we can benefit from your techniques too :-) xxx

Oh did i say i love your plaque, well i do!!!

Terry said...

Oh this is a favorite of mine, Brenda! I love all the texture and finishes using those fabulous mediums! Love this much! I sure hope to find some of DA mediums on our shopping adventure and if not, need to place an order! Hugs and soon!

whyducks said...

Love this!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

My gosh, what a wonderful copper patina effect on that star! Not to mention your gorgeous backgrounds, aged loveliness all round :O)

TangledBlueRose said...

So beautiful! I love the patina and gorgeous crackle. Looking forward to seeing more!~kim

Jools Robertson said...

Absolutely amazing, such beautiful, colours and textural effects

Looking forward to seeing the others

Jools x

butterfly said...

Fab effects from your metallic painty techniques - so many cool touches and fab inspiration.
Alison xx

Ruth said...

Fabulous patina and love the background it sits on..wonderful! Ruth x