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