Monday, 17 September 2018

Texture Week with Brenda

Welcome to a new week on the Tando Creative Blog and this week we have the theme of TEXTURE.
A few months ago I had one of the Tando Steampunk clocks published in the Craft Stamper magazine so I thought I would share some photos of it with you as it is full of crackle texture and I have added the process steps at the bottom of this post.
This is my clock shabby style.


Here are the steps for you to follow.

I used DecoArt media acrylics and mediums available in the shop.

1. Take the front frame and prepare it by scraping over some modeling paste with a palette knife and adding some sand texture paste in random places. Push the clock numbers into the surface and let it dry.

2. Give the textures and numbers a thin layer of white gesso before adding random patches of white crackle paste around the whole frame. Try to keep the patches almost joining up so it has continuity.

3. Mix washes of the colours used on the background. Use a paint brush to add small amounts to the frame drying between each wash. When dry paint over white antiquing cream and let dry again before buffing it all with a soft cloth.

4. Take the background piece and cut yourself a circular piece of card for the clock face and paint them both with a coat of white gesso to seal the substrate.

5. Mix a watery wash of Cobalt Turquoise mixed with Titanium White on a craft mat and dip the backgrounds into it and heat dry. Keep the clock face lighter than the background.

6. Repeat the dip and dry method with washes of blue/green light, green gold and prussian blue. If after you have finished it still isn't dark enough go through the four colour washes again.

7. Stamp the diagram and text stamps randomly on the background and patterns on the clock face using watering can and coffee archival inks mixed on the same stamp.

8. Using Titanium White and a stencil add some random patterns over the background and heat dry. This adds greater depth and interest to your background.

9. Splatter some watery Prussian Blue and Raw Umber over the background and cobalt mixed with titanium white over the clock face.

To finish the project:
Paint the clock numbers with pewter paint. If you intend to display your clock give everything a coat of varnish before you stick the panels together. I used Soft Touch from DecoArt. Use sandpaper to distress some of the edges and rub in some ground espresso distress ink. Take your chosen embellishments, use the pewter paint and gesso to alter some of them and adhere to the project.
Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

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