Saturday, 8 June 2013

Art Trash Mixed Media Plaque - Tutorial


Here's the tutorial for Art Trash. I forgot to take photos at every stage, so there will be parts missing, so please bear with my explanations. Hopefully, it will make some semblance of sense.

Art Trash

Part One - Prepping the Wood
The first part of the project was to prep and finish the wood plank itself. At this point, I still wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do to it, but I knew I wanted to give it this weather-worn look.

1. Prep the board by sanding down any sharp edges or splinters.
2. Paint on a couple of layers of gesso. Let dry.
3. Paint on a nice, thick layer of crackle medium. Let dry. Best to let this dry naturally to get the best crackles.
4. After the crackles appear and set, blot on distress stains and inks, buffing as you go so the inks will seep into the cracks. A lot of the colour will rub off as you go, so you may have to add lots to get the effect you want.
5. Add a bit more distress inks to the edges and corners. I buffed on Walnut Stain to it more definition.

Part Two - Decorating your Surface
Here comes the fun part. Decorating your burgeoning piece of art. Sorry I don't have photos for steps 6-8.

6.  Cut a piece of gauze a little larger than the plank. Stretch and tear it before sticking it to the surface with strong glue.
7. Cut pieces of burlap and layer that on top in random areas.
8. In other areas, I glued on pieces of corrugated cardboard. All three of these elements act as my base for all the 'junk' to sit on.
 9. Now it's time to raid your stash and bring out all those little trinkets, flowers and other bits and bobs that you won't be using anymore. For this part, I basically just started sticking things down willy-nilly - no real thought process went into this on placement. I did leave a space for a title, where I used some different fonts and textures.  I actually quite liked it like this and debated leaving it as is, but, I had more planned.
 10. Get out your gesso again and start painting it on. You may need more than one coat to cover up some surfaces, especially metals and plastics. Let dry.
11. For this next step, I recommend using acrylic paints rather than sprays - it just sticks better. I used Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze. I just love the colours and how well it goes on. So smooth, like silk. (even I cringed at that one). Make sure you get the paint into all the nooks and crannies to cover up the white gesso. Pretty bright at this stage. Let dry.
12. Using black spray ink (I used Dylusions), spritz over all the colour, darker in some places and lighter in others. It will look pretty dark, but don't worry. Once it dries, it will lighten in colour and you will be able to see some of the paint colours come through. Again, let this dry.
13. For the last stage, I used my finger to rub in a little iridescent bronze acrylic paint on the tips and edges of the trinkets to highlight each piece and to add definition. It really makes everything pop.

Products Used
Gesso by Golden
Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint from Tim Holtz for Ranger Inks
Distress Stains in Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo and Broken China from Tim Holtz for Ranger Inks
Distress Inks in Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo from Tim Holtz for Ranger Inks
Acrylic Glaze in Honey Amber, Pink Azalea, Teal Zircon, Ginger Peach and Sky Blue from Luminarte Silks
Black Marble Spray Ink by Dylusions for Ranger Inks
Iridescent Bronze Acrylic Paint by Golden

I'm quite happy with it the way it is, but I also want to be able to hang it up, so I'll be getting some screw eye hooks and chain to do that.

There you go. I was able to get rid of some of the stuff lurking at the bottom of my stash drawers and make something cool.

Thanks for dropping by and hope you'll give it a go too.

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