I have really been enjoying creating some fun “works of art” lately. I’m planning on having these “works of art” for sale on my website in the next few weeks and I will even be gifting a couple during this upcoming holiday season!
I must have found a great price on these boards and picture frames because I discovered that I have a few of them… Not sure what I intended to do with all of them, but I’m sure having fun with them now!
The frame is cut from Pine and the center plaque is a pressed wood. Great for creating some Mixed-Media art!
This art piece was inspired by the Stencils… Hope, Love, and Faith.
I started with the pressed wood piece and troweled on my favorite product, Texture Medium. Now, I always say to keep it thin because you don’t need much and it avoids excessive sanding! But, this board wasn’t completely level and I was having an issue getting a complete print from the roller. So… I actually put on more Texture Medium (than I would normally use) and it solved the issue! There are times you need to have the Texture Medium a little thicker… but, no one loves sanding, Ugh! More often than not, you will want to go with the “thin wins” application, other than this instance 🙂
Trowel on a layer of the Texture Medium as thin as you can, maybe somewhere between 1/16” to 1/8” and while it’s wet, you want to roll the roller pattern through it. I used the Mermaid Tail pattern for this project. Once the Texture Medium is dry, you will need to sand off the “high’s” that the rollers create and sand down as much you personally desire (it may depend on what you are working on). I brushed and wiped it clean after all the sanding and then I was ready for some paint.
I actually painted the sign and the frame with General Finishes Fjord Blue, two coats, allowing dry time in between. Once the paint was dry, I applied a layer of Foil Adhesive to the entire frame and allowed this to set-up for at least 30 minutes or longer. When the Foil Adhesive was at a dry firm tack, I was ready to transfer my foil. I used Bright Silver foil and cut it into manageable stripes. Placing one piece at a time and transferring the foil to the surface. I first used just a terry rag to rub the back-side of the foil and if that wasn’t enough transfer, then I used a scrub brush. I transferred foil to the frame one-side at a time until it was complete. Because I allowed some of the Fjord Blue to “peak” through and not have 100% coverage, I still felt the foil adhesive’s stickiness. In this case, I would apply one to two coats of my favorite top coat (make sure to test sheens) and then the frame is done.
Getting back to our art piece, the next thing I did was to figure out the positioning of the stencils. I stenciled them in Metallic Silver by Modern Masters and used a dry-brush technique for the stenciling.
Then I had to get out a little more “bling” and decided to use my Glass Bead Gel, Silver Glass Glitter, and Silver Glitter to emboss the Bali Flower Stencil. I positioned the stencils to my desired location and used the Color Shaper Tool to spread the Glass Bead Mixture over the stencil design.
I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did. I would love to hear what you think I should create next. Always feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or suggestions you may have 🙂
- Texture Medium
- Mermaid Tail Roller
- Foil Adhesive
- Word Stencils
- Bali Flower Stencil
- Glass Bead Gel
- Color Shaper Tool
- General Finishes Paint