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by: Claudia Neubacher
December 18, 2014
I obviously needed something summer-y to look at (as most of the days right now are grey in grey and cold and wet). So I experimented with wet Texture Crackle and the fabulously colourful DecoArt Media Misters and came up with a bright flowery meadow!
For a start I sealed my canvas with the DecoArt Primer/Sealer to give the Texture Crackle some tooth to hold on to
Next I generously applied Light Mocha Texture Crackle to my dried canvas with a palette knife. I saw to it that it was really thick in some places and rather thin in others. (image 2). I dabbed a palette knife flat into the still wet Texture Crackle and lifted it again to create some visible texture.
While still wet the Texture Crackle was heavily misted with clear water from a spray bottle and then some Walnut Ink Crystals were sprinkled in random spots.
Then the intense Mister colours were sprayed in random places and I also added more water from the spray bottle to make the colours run and mix. All was set to dry thoroughly (I recommend to wait a whole day so the Texture Crackle will have done its full magic).
Once all has dried you will find that the Texture Crackle will have formed the most interesting texture alongside the Mister colours.
Go on the lookout for intersting shapes that might form blossoms and outline them roughly with a bristle brush and acrylic colours. Paint some stems too.
Cut thin strips off some coloured rough linen ribbon to use as stems.
Cut some leave shapes from an old book page. Glue both – ribbon stems and book page leaves to your canvas using the DecoArt media Matte Medium.
Once all has dried doodle on the blossoms, leaves and stems with a white Sharpie and permanent ink pens until you are content with the outcome.
Mix some DecoArt Media White Gesso with two to three drops of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic, Phtalo Green Blue to use as your sky colour.
Paint around your flowers (and over areas you don't like that much) to make them pop.
Apply some drops of DecoArt Paper Effects, Peacock Gold on some of the stamens' ends to add a little more bling and texture to your canvas.
Finish off with adding final details and colours. You're done!
You can also seal your painting with one or two coats of DecoArt Primer/Sealer or one of the fab new DecoArt media varnishes to make your piece of art more durable.
Be sure to visit Von Pappe II for more projects and to learn more about Claudia Neubacher.