|Possibly let it ice would be more use :-)|
|Sometimes it only needs a little detail...|
|It is a lovely textural element.|
|It is quite convincing - I think that my Dad would be getting his steel wool out!|
|Loving this outdoorsy theme!|
|Have to have a deer in there somewhere.|
-DecoArt Chalk Finish Medium (this will help to keep the paint very matte)
-DecoArt Patent Leather paint: black
-DecoArt Americana acrylics: payne's grey, russet, georgia clay
-DecoArt Metallic Lustre: black shimmer
You will also need: toothbrush or splatter tool, rags, an older brush, general painting needs
|The snow flurry is a great way of making the background details recede.|
|You can see the dried paint in this shot. The first time I used it, I forgot that it was supposed to be shiny and kept looking at it thinking, hmm, shiny equals wet! Duh....|
Mix a blob of payne's grey with an equal amount of chalk finish medium and coat the card or shape all over.
|I apologise for the appalling photography, it is the time of year here in Europe and there was no natural light!|
|I was working on a few things for this technique. On the flat panel, the splatters will look exactly the same. Watch this space for cards using these shapes too!|
If you need to, re emboss at this point. Then go in with russet paint. don't make it a complete coverage this time and be ready with a wet wipe and wipe the paint here and there off the background....
|Sorry about the change of motif again (blame the light conditions). But don't worry, the technique is exactly the same.|
The technique tip is: paint all over and then wipe the excess off. Knowing what to leave and what to remove is the key and this only takes a bit of practice. If you get it very wrong, simply repaint with the first coat and start again.
|The lighter orangey brown really shows the embossing pattern nicely.|
Lastly it is time for some finger painting! Rub some of the Metallic Lustre onto some of the high points of the embossed pattern so that you have a graphite effect...
|As you can see, each successive layer has to be slightly less than the previous one so that you don't just paint over the piece completely.|
|Subtle is the word with this. Go slowly and add more as needed. Be ready with the wet wipe to remove the excess.|
|As you can see, all of the previous layers are still visible but only here and there.|
Have a look at some of the other Christmas shapes that I have been working on and you can see how realistic and versatile it is...
|You can see my random embossing choices better here. It is not necessary to emboss but it does give you something to work with.|
Here are some more examples of what the effect looks like in the 'wild'...
|The rusty look looks really nice with outdoorsy themes and it gives wonderful texture.|
and a bit of a close up...
|This is a random, small scale embossing folder used on cereal packet card.|
|Deer look great with a random embossing pattern and rusty finish.|
See you next time