This is what Astrid had to say about her challenge:
"Use any kind of texture paste (home made, crackle, coloured or plain) on your projects. There is an endless variety available, so play, have fun and apply it to your heart's content. Use it through stencils, randomly or in whatever way you want, but remember it should be in one of the vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial or steampunk styles that we favour. Put on your mixed media hat and create some magic! "
Once I saw Astrid's challenge I knew I wanted to decorate a piece of mdf but did not really have anything in mind, not until I found this mdf snowman that is!
1. Apply Texture Paste over your substrate; I applied using an old credit/store card to apply varying thickness in texture.
2 Dry the Texture Paste lightly with a heat tool.
3 Spritz a text stamp ( in this case Tim Holtz Ledger Script stamp) with water.
4 Press the stamply very lightly into the texture paste. Repeat these four steps to cover the whole substrate with stamping.
1 Apply texture paste to the hat along with two wooden trees, which I pressed into the wet Texture Paste.
2 Add a wooden bird house and bird for added interest; adding texture paste randomly to the birdhouse.
3 Die cut two snowflakes from white card using Tim Holtz Sizzix Die and then press each one into the texture paste and then allow to dry completely.
3 Paint the first layer of paint which in this case is DecoArt Prussian Blue Hue.
4 Allow the first layer of paint to dry or dry with a heat tool.
I added layers of dry brushing; a technique from Andy Skinner, diluting the Prussian Blue Hue each time I dry brushed; adding DecoArt Media Tinting Base to the blue to lighten each time.
I added DecoArt SnowWriter to the base of my snowman and to the rim of the hat along with touches of snow randomly added to some of the dimensional pieces. I also added small wooden trees to the base which I also painted with DecoArt Media Prussian Blue Hue. I also included some twigs from my garden for added texture and interest along with some mini pine cones. A ChitChat sticker has also been added.
To add further to the layers and texture I also included one coat of Crackle Glaze which I applied randomly to my work and then applied Raw Umber Antiquing Cream.
I added rusty buttons which I painted with touches of DecoArt Media Burnt Umber Fluid Acrylic along with touches of Carbon Black, dried with my heat tool and then added touches of Quinacridone Gold, applying with my finger. I then added touches of the snow to the edges. I also applied touches of the snow to the snowflakes again applying with my finger.
The nose was given the same treatment as the buttons and I added two mini pine cones to the top of his hat and added natural twine around his neck.
I love how all the layers are visible along with all the added texture.
Our sponsor this month is Country View Crafts who are offering a £20 Gift Voucher to the randomly drawn winner. I hope you will create a little texture of your own this month and join in our challenge!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x