Thursday 29 November 2018

November DecoArt Mixed Media Team project

I have a project up on the DecoArt Mixed Media blog showing how to create a pitted surface using paints, mediums and UTEE. I made swatches for faux metals and faux enamelling and linked it back to a fossil panel post back in September where I grunged up the surface and promised this technique would come later in the year. So here it is. 

All the main steps for the technique can be found on the DMM blog here.

But I also made a Christmas card to show how the technique could be used for other projects and this one shows the gold and silver samples used for the bells.

 Process steps for the Christmas card
1. Take a piece of good cardstock and dry brush a layer of gesso over it. I use a brush with very little on at a time so that parts of the card still show through.
2. Dip the card in some watery titan buff and dry.
3. Rub pumice stone distress ink pad over the whole surface, spritz with water. Rub the excess off and heat dry to watch the random patches of the card soak up the ink.
4. Paint the Nordic stencil (by Tim Holtz) with gesso, lay over the card gesso side down and rub over. 5. When you peel back the stencil you have the design imprinted on the surface.
6. Dry the gesso and rub an iced spruce distress ink pad over it, spritz with water and dry. If necessary add some more puddles of blue with stormy sky - dry again.
7. Add some touches of tissue/washi tapes.
8. Spritz with water and flick some splatters of a watery wash of quinacridone gold, spritz with water if they don't disperse enough and dry. You can see the subtle texture from the stencil on this photo too.

9. Add some neat quin gold around the tissue tape, spritz and dry.
10. Use a stamp platform to stamp the sentiment.

11. Seal the surface with two thin layers of matte medium.
12. Die-cut bells and greenery and adhere to the card adding some more thin washi tapes over the stems.

13. Finish by adding some dribbles or quinacridone gold to enhance the rusty look.

I'd love it if you had a minute to pop over to the DecoArt blog to see all the samples I made.

Thanks for stopping by and


Updated from DecoArt blog

nstructions :

Process steps for the pitted surfaces technique that I used on all the samples:
1. Pounce an embossing ink pad all over and cover with ultra-thick embossing enamel (UTEE).
2. Use a scrunched piece of dry paper towel and a small dry paintbrush to remove some of the UTEE to leave some holes or pit marks - tap off the excess.
3. Heat emboss
4. When cool, rub some Raw Umber/Paynes Grey/Dark Grey Value 3/Carbon Black paint over and when it is almost dry wipe over with a babywipe to reveal the dark pits in the surface.
5. When dry repeat step 4 again
Pitted Transparent Enamel:
(Enamel is a natural form of quartz. In simple terms, enameling involves a glass paste being applied to metal and then heated to fuse it to the surface. The finish of the enamel can be translucent or opaque depending on the temperature used to melt the glass. Higher temperatures result in a more transparent and durable enamel while lower temperatures give a more opaque and fragile surface.)
Create a surface that you want to be covered in clear enamel. I chose a piece left over from a previous experiment to use - shown below.
Repeat steps 1 - 5 above. I used Dark Grey Value 3 for the pitting.
Pitted Coloured Enamel:
(To give enamel a particular colour, a certain number of special coloured components [pigments and dyes] have to be added. With these, almost any colour can be achieved.)
To begin, paint the substrate with any colour you like - with Christmas coming up I used Pyrrole Red.

Repeat steps 1 - 5 above.
This would look great die-cut or stamped and cut out as a pillarbox I think.
Pitted Gold 1 and 2:
To start the first swatch, paint the surface of the substrate with gold media acrylic paint.

Repeat steps 1 - 5 above.

I used Raw Umber on the gold.
To start the second swatch, paint the surface of the substrate with DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste and dry it. Then give it a coat of gold media acrylic paint.
Repeat steps 1 - 5 above.
Again, I used Raw Umber on this one, too.
You can see how the Texture Sand Paste added a different texture in places. Variations will occur depending how much of the UTEE you remove before heating it.

This next photo shows how much paint I spread on the surface and let almost dry.
Pitted Brass:
For Step 1, paint the surface of the substrate with a mix of Gold and Raw Umber media acrylic mixed together.

Repeat steps 1 - 5 above.

I used Patina antiquing cream on the brass.
Pitted Silver:
For Step 1, paint the surface of the substrate with silver media acrylic.

Repeat steps 1 - 5 above.

I used Carbon Black on the silver.
If you have got any of the DecoArt metallic paints you can try any type of metal finish you want.
Pitted Pewter:
Here's a swatch using the Extreme Sheen metallic paint in Pewter with Paynes Grey pits.
Pitted Rose Gold:
Here's a swatch using the Extreme Sheen metallic paint in Rose Gold with Carbon Black pits.
To see how you could apply this technique to another project I have made is this Christmas card with a gold and silver bell on and both are cut from the appropriate swatch sample.