Thursday, 2 April 2015

Guest Designer for Fernli Designs

I was absolutetly thrilled to be invited to be a Guest Designer for three months for Fernli Designs, thank you Lou and Tina for inviting me along. Fernli design and supply a fantastic arrange of quality laser cut crafting supplies and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to create with some of their fantastic range.
I was also sent a fantastic arrange of products from DecoArt and I thought I would combine both to create an industrial/steampunk piece.
The laser cut pieces I began with are an extra large tag, an ATC tag, 3" primitive heart and a single wagon wheel (I did not use the smaller one in this piece). I applied DecoArt Gesso to each of the pieces, applying two coats, this gives a good base for the paints I wanted to apply.
I used an Andy Skinner stencil to apply DecoArt Texture Paste over the INDUSTRIAL text and some of the numbers to add texture to my design.
I love adding layers, dimension and textures to my pieces to create a real tactile piece of art.
I also applied DecoArt Paste randomly over my design again to add further texture.
Once I was happy with the texture I then set aside to dry completely.
I then painted the entire surface with a mix of Titan Buff and Prussian Blue Media Fluid Acrylic paint from DecoArt. At this stage I then decided I wanted some texture to the edges so applied some DecoArt Texture Sand.
The smaller of the tags was sprayed with Carbon Black DecoArt Mister and then coated with a coat of Quinacridone Gold Paint to give a rust appearance (inspired by Andy Skinner).
It was then time to add the little touches and more rust details to the background. I added touches of Carbon Black and Quinacridone Gold Paint to some areas of my tag including the lettering, simply applying layers with a paintbrush. I also added numbers to my design again from Fernli Designs, spraying each number with  Carbon Black mister and then adding Quinacridone Gold paint over the top. I also added a dirty wash (as Andy Skinner calls it) to the top of all the painted areas.
I added stencilled numbers to the smaller tag using Titan Buff Paint along with grungy circles using the lid from one of my paints. I then mixed Paynes Grey and Quinacrindone Gold paints together added a touch of water and painted over the Titan Buff paint to give a grungy appearance.
The heart and waggon wheel  from Fernli Designs were adhered together; the heart was painted with Titan Buff paint and stamped with one of Andy Skinner's background stamps and the Waggon Wheel was given a rusty appearance.
I added a couple of pieces of frameworks, again sprayed with Carbon Black Mister and painted with Quinacridone Gold paint. I also included a Chitchat Sticker and Hitch Fasteners to the top of each of the tags.
The Fernli laser cut pieces are fantastic and will take any amount of paint and media products that you can throw at them and trust me I threw quite a few products at these pieces!
I will be back in May and June with two further pieces for Fernli Designs.
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. Tracy x x x

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Naomi (Sugar Brown) said...

It's brilliant. Thanks so much for sharing this with us xx

massofhair said...

Wonderful use of both products, loving the DecoArt colours very much:-) xxx

Jools Robertson said...

Brilliant, really love the colours and fab textures

Jools x

Julia Aston said...

Love your industrial tag Tracy - wonderful rusting!

Redanne said...

Oh My Goodness Tracy, this is just utterly fabulous, it is one of the most beautiful pieces of work I have seen for a long time. They certainly asked the right person to Guest Design for them - you are such a talented designer! Hugs, Anne xx

Pamellia said...

Wow Tracy, this is freaking outstanding! Amazing techniques here, that rust is sooooo realistic! WOW, I am just swooning for this spectacular creation! hugs :)

Diana said...

holy wow Tracy!! what a fantastic piece!!!

barbarayaya62 said...

Beautiful piece of art! Wonderful textures, amazing color palette! I love every little details! Happy Easter! Barbarayaya

butterfly said...

Wow - brilliant texture and paint effects to create a gloriously grungy result. I love the rust and teal and all that distressing and decay - just fantastic!
Alison xx