These two little hangers (I know.. you can’t see the hooks that would make them hangers:)) were decorated using Chinese scripture stamp and a brass stencil with a dragon motif for the 3d ornament. Modelling paste was mixed with acrylic gold and here’s a quick reminder of 3d ornament making process.
I’ve recently spent considerable amount of time venturing into the worlds of amazing (and sometimes mysterious) items folks use when crafting. And with mixed media decoupage there is very little you wouldn’t be able to use really. It’s up to your taste basically, but all in all there are papers, embellishments, distressers, inks, stencils et cetera :). This list can go forever. And all of that has absolutely noting to do with the old fashioned, proper, decoupage. Hence mixed media decoupage. Here, the cliche phrase sky is the limit, is ever so true.. :), I’m not there yet … I keep trying, though :).
Here’s a cream and lace tissue box I finished varnishing yesterday: (don’t get me started on varnishing white (read: not fluff and dust resistant) surfaces… grrrr)
As far as trying out new ‘tools’, I tried out pressing embossing folder (like this one) onto the top of a tissue box covered with a 2 mm layer of acrylic paint mixed with a tiny bit of modelling paste. I wanted to emboss the background texture, so that I’m left with a slightly raised ornament. So far I’ve been using brass embossing stencils for 3d ornaments (or reliefs), but there is always only a single image you are able to produce. And I was after a whole surface having a textured feel. That’s what I managed to achieve:
I used Versacolor ink pads (cement and pine cone) to add depth to the impressed image.
I also played a little bit with brown gold relief paint and glossy varnish, both by Maimeri, to create a quasi cameos in a quasi brass frame on each side of the box:
The cameo image was cut out from a paper napkin (and that’s the only decoupage bit here :)).
Is anyone else out there using those beautiful embossing folders for something else then embossing on paper? I’m dying to learn new stuff, so please share! 🙂
Died only at the age of 25, Beardsley mastered an art of drawing with ink and pen. He is recognized for his superb illustrations of erotic and macabre images, published in high-profile magazines back in the late 19th century. The drawing I used to alter this box was taken from a second hand book that I was lucky to come across in our local Oxfam shop in Reading. It is called The Peacock Skirt.
I mixed grey, white and black acrylic paint with modelling paste, smoothed the mixtures onto a butterfly brass embossing stencil and scraped off the excess with an old credit card. Here’s a close up of a raised butterfly ornament:
The sides were also decorated with a brass stencil and a modelling paste mixed with black acrylic paint. I did not paint the rims though, instead I used a few stripes of paper normally used for quilling, also known as paper filigree. I painted a few of those gold and black and glued them onto the sides and also inside of the box.
Tissue boxes are the most practical objects I decorate according to my husband. Other boxes and trinkets only keep piling on top of each other and since I’m always eager to try different style/motif/colour scheme they do not go together at all. I keep telling myself that it’s all temporary; us being here in a foreign country, in this house and surrounded by objects that form no coherent home decor at all. Well… one day…
The other day I showed a picture of a bicycle tissue box, one of my favourite creations (diamond background, dual colour scheme and a very cool bicycle relief via brass stencil). And by any stretch of the imagination you would not be able to call it decoupage; there wasn’t even a bit of paper glued down. Only stamps and 3d reliefs (that’s actually oxymoron, right?) plus some steampunk brass embellishments. And this one below has nothing to with proper decoupage as well :):
Have a great weekend!
And the after picture:
And a close up (more staining with ink pads this time):
The title mixed media decoupage should really be used for most of the entries here. The old fashioned decoupaged was all about gluing pieces of fabric or paper onto a surface of a decorated object. The whole piece was then coated with protective sealant. Today, it is very often a case of mixing various techniques such as stamping, modelling with gels and stencils, crackling with one or two step crackle mediums …. and more. Glue and a piece of paper is only a beginning, usually followed different methods, getting inspired (and taught!) by others. For me, the fun with decoupage is that the saying ‘sky is the limit’ is so very true.
To decorate the candle holders I used napkin tissue (birds), transfers of letters, scripture and ornamental stamps, 3d floral ornaments, cut outs from a print out (roses), gem stones and a silver relief paint. A couple of coats of glossy acrylic varnish finished the job.
I’ve said this before – I can’t get enough of 3d ornaments. And for this tissue box I chose a monochromatic palette of antique white and taupe with one of my favourite background stamps and 3d bicycles. Metallic shine on most of the diamonds was added with rub-ons and a sharp tipped brush. A few brass steampunk clock elements were added, too.
As a sort of follow up to the tutorial on 3d ornaments I’d like to show a small mantel clock decorated with paper napkin and the brass stencil ornaments.
Here, you can see a bit of a 3d ornament in making. I used only a part of the brass stencil – a leaf piece of a floral/rosy bunch. I think it complements the pink blossom cut out from a paper napkin.
And lastly – a close up showing a combination of paper and 3d modeling paste. This time I used Winsor Newton Heave Structure Gel. Any structure medium will work fine with brass stencils. These are most commonly used for embossing, a completely different craft technique, but also add decorative value to anything that’s even remotely related to decoupage.
Lately I hardly even try to resist using stencils, mainly brass ones, for projects that mix 3d ornaments with napkin/paper decoupage. The ornaments are very easy to produce, no fine expertise needed, just some materials a bit of free time on one’s hands…
The following mini tutorial focuses on such ornaments in their making. And bear in mind that this is the very first step-by-step I’ve done, so please be gentle 🙂
Brass stencil are perfect for making 3d ornaments. With a great variety of motifs, intricately cut out in a thin, yet rigid, metal sheet, they are very easy to work with. Just remember to be careful when removing any traces of modelling paste after you’re done; you don’t want to have any dents that would prevent them from laying perfectly flat on a decorated surface.
For this little project I used a nightstand lamp with a cube shaped wooden base. Working with two shades of acrylic paint (antique white, metallic champagne gold) I created a fairly light, almost monochromatic, background using a make up sponge and upward strokes. I never use brushes for painting or should I say – for applying paint. To avoid visible brush strokes try sponge brushes, make up sponges, your own fingers or a paper kitchen towel.
Use masking tape to hold your stencils in place. Sometimes you want to use only a part of the design, e.g. a part of a floral ornament. Use small pieces of a masking tape to cover the part of the stencil you don’t want to use. It is crucial that the stencil lays flat on the decorated surface, otherwise you risk modelling paste running underneath and ruining the effect of sharp edges. I used several modelling pastes/structure gels/mediums so far, they all work fine. Use only a small amount of paint to mix with the paste; it still changes its colour without being too diluted. And don’t overdo with the amount; a couple of table spoons of paste and a few drops of colour (or drops of different colours) are enough to create several ornaments. I apply the mixture with my fingers. Using a light, tapping motion cover the entire motif and then scrap the excess paste away with e.g. a ruler. I simply use a different stencil to do that. It’s enough to peel off one stripe of the masking tape and gently lift up the stencil. Be extra careful not to shift the stencil at this stage to keep the image untouched. Leave for at least 12 hours to dry and then cover with a layer (or several layers – depending on the effect you’re after) of acrylic varnish for protection.
If you’ve got any question, please feel free to ask!
I started working on this one not knowing where the afflatus would take me… hence it turned out to be somewhat eclectic. But most of my projects are…
Acrylic stamps, 3D dandelion ornaments (a little tutorial on 3D ornaments coming soon), and a couple of botanical prints (these took ages and buckets of patience to cut out) from a book I picked up in our local Oxfam shop. A finishing touch – several layers of my favourite varnish – A glossy decoupage varnish by an Italian company Maimeri. Oh, and some steampunk brass clock handles.