Friday, 19 August 2016

Lighthouse media board

Where else would you rather be than near the water, and especially the sea, if it's in the high 20's or more? I love the sun and the hotter weather and wish I lived nearer the sea so I could walk the beaches when the day is long and stretches into warm, sultry evenings. I made a small media board using DecoArt products to create this crackle background to remind me of the beautiful colours and sights of a coastal walk.

Process steps
Paint the media board with a coat of white gesso .... at the same time dry brush the chipboard lighthouse with gesso too. Notice the different effects you get.


Apply modeling paste through a stencil for texture and to begin background layers. When dry paint over with cobalt teal hue and titan buff. Dry that and then apply transparent crackle glaze over it and leave to crackle naturally. When dry rub over with prussian blue.


Take the lighthouse and add watery washes of cobalt teal, prussian blue, paynes grey and transparent yellow iron oxide and give it a coat of antique decoupage (my new fund vintage product from DecoArt).


Some cheesecloth dipped in transparent yellow iron oxide, some thread dipped in raw umber and paynes grey and some little die-cuts of birds, shells and starfish finish off the design.


Hope you have had some nice sunny weather recently and hopefully not tooooo hot but warm enough to walk by the river, sit by the lake or be by the sea.

Take care.

hugs Brenda xxx

18 comments:

Jane said...

What a beautiful canvas Brenda. Those textures and colours are perfect and I can smell that seabreeze.I agree coastal walks in the summer are just wonderful. It's cloudy today but we have actually had some lovely sunny weather for the last week, let's hope it returns as it's our family annual BBQ in S'ton tomorrow! Hugs xx

Sophie said...

Wow! Brenda... das ist ja zauberhaft geworden.
Ich sehe die viele Zeit und Liebe, die du damit hattest.
Ein schönes Bild, richtig zu Meditieren geeignet.
Es strahlt auf mich so eine Ruhe aus...

Ich liebe das Meer, den Wind und das ganze Drumherum :-)

Liebe grüße von Sophie

Gina said...

Totally yummy! ..and that background reminds me of the stones you can find along the beach with the tiny round fossils in :D XXX

Jackie P Neal said...

Yummy textured background!!!
Jackie xoxo

Kaz Hall said...

Amazing texture! Wow! This is just stunning, love it xx

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Patty O'Malley said...

Awesome project, Brenda!

Joi at RR said...

That crackle glaze is just so amazing - isn't it!! One of my fav products :) This is just SUPER Brenda. Somehow a lighthouse is just so peaceful - love the colors and texture on yours. And your background is PERFECT. DELIGHTFUL Seascape. Xj.

Paper Profusion said...

Especially love your oceanic swirling blue background. Perfect for birds and waves. Beautifully done. Nicola x

Corrie Herriman said...

I love this, especially the colour combination !
Corrie x

Meggymay said...

Wonderful textures, its a fabulous nautical project.
Yvonne xx

Monika Gulyas said...

Oh Brenda this is little masterpiece! I love your lighthouse scene and all the chosen colour! Beautiful! xx

Heather Fisher said...

Wow! What a fantastic piece of artwork.I just love the colours and texture of your seascape. When looking at it, you can just imagine hearing those waves crashing and the salt in the air. Amazing! x

Juls said...

Gorgeous!! Loving all the texture xx

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Lovely Brenda, wonderful textures and a perfect seaside colour palette. Thanks for sharing it! Deb xo

Rita said...

Ooooo Brenda this is fantastic. the colours alone make it really pop. Love it loads. Hope your All Well. Hugs Rita xxx

butterfly said...

Love that textured crackled background, and the brilliant beachy thread and cheesecloth textures. The lighthouse looks stunning - beautifully distressed.
Alison x

A Pink said...

Gorgeous! Brenda . Wonderful texture,lush colours and lovely collaged elements . 'Oh I do want to be beside the seaside......'. x