Rusting An MDF Chalkboard


I’m still beavering away in the studio making items to sell at the church Christmas Fayre. Yesterday I used what I had learnt at Andy Skinner’s workshop I attended last weekend to create a faux rusted enamel frame and stand for this MDF chalkboard. As it happens, I actually prefer the back – some of the paint had seeped under and the ‘chips’ appear much more organic against the gesso undercoat:


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Art Journal Page: Industrial Grunge

IMG_6190_wThe background for this art journal page was a little bit of a happy accident. I’d covered the page with swipes of dark acrylic paints with a hint of picked raspberry, and feeling it was too dark, I then used what was left on a blending tool I’d been used to apply Dylusions Squeezed Orange Paint to lighten it, and a superb rusty effect came into being. I embellished it with some Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder for the grid work, stamped a couple of times with the blueprint in archival inks and then added the text using a combination of archival inks on stamps, freehand drawing and painting, and my trusty pigment pens. As normal, took me as long to find the sentiment, but I love this quote – really does explain the rationale behind my art journaling!

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ProMarker Butterfly Card


I’ve been busy this afternoon… I’ve finished this greetings card ready to enter into this week’s Passion for Promarkers Challenge (#93, ‘Bugs’). The butterfly [generic] is mounted onto a background [Personal Impressions Flower and Butterfly Background, PIRM002]. Both have been coloured with ProMarkers, and the flowers on the background have been decoupaged for depth. Paper Artsy Grunge Flower die used to construct the flower with Leone-Em punched shapes for the centre. Stamens were coloured with Gold ProMarker.

UPDATE: I was in the top five for the challenge šŸ™‚

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