Wednesday 1 January 2020

New Year New Decade 2020 - 10 years old

Yes it's January 1st 2020 and a little later this month I will be celebrating 10 years of blogging.
Where have all those creative years gone? I've learned so much and I found a new passion in my life but as circumstances changed over the past 2 year some of that disappeared but I'm back at my desk just playing with some gesso, paints and inks and created this little wooden block just for fun.
I'm looking forward to a new creative and inspiring 2020.

Process steps
Paint a light coat of gesso - almost a dry brush technique and leave some of the wood exposed.
Apply a wash of raw umber and wipe back allowing the colour to seep into the wood.
Stipple sponge some more white gesso.
Rub in ground espresso along the edges and corners - wipe back with a wet cloth.
Again sponge some more white gesso just in the central areas.
Dip and dry the sides in prussian blue and burnt umber washes.
Sand all over and re-ink the edges.
Take a stencil and apply white chalk paint to create the pattern.
Paint over a coat of decoupage to seal the block and watch the sealer pick up some of the distress ink to age the look even more.

DecoArt - Americana Premium white gesso, 
DecoArt Media paints - raw umber, prussian blue, burnt umber
Ground Espresso distress ink 
DecoArt everlasting chalky finish paint


Words and Pictures said...

Oh yay! So happy to see you back in the creative saddle - hopefully with Mr Mojo well and truly restored and refreshed. If this glorious little cube is anything to go by, Mr M is doing fine! I just love the colours, the perfect weathered look - everything about it. Gorgeous!

I'm still in Christmas hibernation (don't come out fully until after 12th Night on 6th January!), but am trying to do a bit of catching up with people even so. Happy New Year!!
Alison x

Nikki Acton said...

Yay!!! I feel I need some credit for inspiring you back to your desk - or did I just force you? Anyway - good to see you for coffee and also great to see you here! xx

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

I just love the way this looks!

pearshapedcrafting said...

It's so good to do something just for fun and end up with something that looks great too! Happy New Year to you lovely lady! Hugs, Chrisx

Kathyk said...

Congratulations and happy tenth blogversary, I love to see all of your fabulous designs

Happy New Year to you too


Redanne said...

Lovely to see you back with a beautiful project too! Happy New Year to you and your family, I hope 2020 is a good year for you. Hugs, Anne xx

Annie said...

I echo everyone’s sentiments Brenda x It’s lovely to see you back in Blogland again xx Superb project and great to read the process steps too xx
Sending huge hugs and wishes for a Happy and Creative New Year
Annie xx

Susanne said...

Good to see You back again! Nice cube with all the layers. Hope 2020 will be a good year for you. Hugs Susanne.