Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Experimenting with DecoArt products - Star media board

This STAR media board came about just by playing with some media fluid acrylics, and metallic lustres that were sitting on my desk as a result of trying to get my make and take sorted for Ministry of Mixology this month and if you are booked on, NO this is nothing like the piece we will be doing lol. This does however fit the theme the lovely Rachel has chosen for the Country View Challenge for November.


I didn't record my steps as it was a playtime but from what I can remember I had applied black gesso, black modeling paste through a stencil and then glued chipboard and wooden pieces onto the media board and was playing with the paints and hated what it became so it had another coat of black gesso and I put it aside to dry. When I came back to it the layers went something like this -

- with a damp brush I brushed on champagne ice metallic lustre.
- I applied a watery wash of transparent red iron oxide.
- I brushed lavish green metallic lustre over the stars ....


..... and iced espresso over the STAR letters.


- next came a wash of phthalo blue particularly over the frame.
- followed by a gentle brush of champagne ice just over the background.
- then a wash of translucent white over the top and only on the background.
- then a wash of quinacridone gold just over the background.
- I finished by rubbing in some champagne ice on the edges of some of the wooden pieces to highlight them.

I'm not sure whether I like the results or not - I need to leave it for a day or two and come back to it.


Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great week and if you get a moment please pop over to the CVC challenge blog to see all the details and inspiration to start a month of STARS.

hugs Brenda xxx

27 comments:

Jane said...

I love it Brenda...such fab texture and colours. There is nothing like just playing is there. It's so foggy here again...happy November my friend xxx

Gina said...

Love the streaky effect, as if the stars are hurtling through the night sky :D XXX

Monika Gulyas said...

Fantastic board, Brenda! With your experiment you achieved an interesting rusty-metallic surface! I love it! xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Wow.. that looks so fantastic textured and the colours speak to me! Great!
Good to hear that even you have things that have to rest to bring them to a happy end after some not so beloved layers!
I hope I will finally take part in the challenge - at least I an trying to make something starry!
oxo Susi

hazel said...

This is fabulous Brenda - great textures.
xxx Hazel.

Suzanne C said...

Rich textures and colors. Love the brushed metal effect with the lovely colors.

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

WOW Brenda how can you not be sure of it?! It's absolutely stunning, so much depth to it, another wowser of a creation :)
hugs
Donna xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Wow! Fabulous textures and subtle colours. Love it! Jennie x

Sophie said...

Oh, meine liebe Brenda...
was hast du da wieder gezaubert...
Es wirkt so edel und kostbar, wie aus Metall gegossen und gearbeitet.
Du machst immer wieder so schöne außergewöhnliche Werke, dass ich nur noch staunen kann.

Herzlichst Sophie

Corrie Herriman said...

That's gorgeous Brenda !
Corrie xx

Hazel Agnew said...

The chunkiness of the piece is so satisfying Brenda. Great techniques to create such wonderful effects. Xx

Craftyfield said...

It has the look of rusted steel, blue in some places and reddish in others... do not change this, it's gorgeous in a Distressed way and I love it! I think it would be perfect for a man.

Redanne said...

Wow Brenda, this is stunning, beautifully distressed and those stars are such a lovely addition! Hugs, Anne xx

Sue said...

This is beautiful Brenda, I love the colours and textures and think it's perfect just as it is! xx

Meggymay said...

Its a beautiful project Brenda and good that you enjoyed making it.
I'm very good at not taking photos.
Yvonne xx

rachel said...

Hello Brenda - well I for one love the results of your playtime - its what I had in mind to do - but time wasn't on my side - so thankyou for making such a wonderful piece!!! Hugs rachel x

Mrs.B said...

Love the textures and moody colours with the brushed metallic highlights. It's a fabulous piece.
Avril xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Awesome project, Brenda!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wonderful piece Brenda. I love the look of that champagne ice metallic lustre, subtle but very effective. The Star sentiment looks fabulous with the texture and the stars really grab the eye. Fantastic experiment, for sure!

Evelyn Walter said...

Well, I know it, Brenda - I love it =)!
All the layers are fitting so perfect and the stars and the letters are beautiful. A very unique piece.
xxx

Evelyn Walter said...

Well, I know it, Brenda - I love it =)!
All the layers are fitting so perfect and the stars and the letters are beautiful. A very unique piece.
xxx

Joi at RR said...

Definitely one that seems like our Mr. Andy will really like alot Brenda! It's very masculine looking and the colors are really unique and interesting. I love that you were playing and came up with such a SUPER look. Thanks bunches for sharing your playtime! Xj.

Deborah Wainwright said...

Love this Brenda, full of rusty grungeiness (not sure that is a word) lol. Fabulous! hugs Debsxx

Team Clark said...

Very cool technique Brenda! Hugs, Autumn

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh my! This is a STAR!! LoVe it!! Chrisxx

Angela Radford said...

Gorgeous combination of colours and loving the texture too. Sometimes it's good to just play. Happy crafting, Angela x

A Pink said...

Fabulous! Wonderfully grungy using a great mix of colour. Love the distressed weathered look .
hugs x