Altered Art: The Key to Creativity

Creativity Key

One of my Tuesday night regulars, Hilary, brought amongst a whole stash of other things two sets of greyboard keys and fobs. ‘Can you think of anything you can do with these?’, she asked. This is what I came up and finished this morning.

The key is textured with sand texture paste, and then layered with fluid acrylics following Andy Skinner’s industrial paint recipe I learnt last year. The tag was sealed with black gesso. I cut a smaller oval and painted that gold, and two layers of black card were cut on the Silhouette Cameo and layered together before the top layer was dampened and hammered loudly and long to create the texture. Once everything was dry, it was all glued together and two coats of thick gloss spray varnish completed the look. I’m impressed with the triple thick glaze spray – it really helps the hammered card look more like a hammered metal enamel finish.

Used for this project:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Raw Umber / Paynes Grey / Quinacridone Gold / Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Sand Texture Paste
  • DecoArt Media Black Gesso
  • DecoArt Americana Triple Thick Brilliant Gloss Glaze (spray)


2 thoughts on “Altered Art: The Key to Creativity

  1. What a great use of this chipboard piece. It reminds me I have a load of chipboard shapes lurking in my craft room, must hunt them out. Thanks.

  2. Really enjoyed seeing this Neil. Love that sand texture. Perfect key for the sentiment – so FUN!!!!

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