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Coral Board

by: Claudia Neubacher
April 13, 2017

Coral Board

My husband, son and I love to go hunting for shells, corals, fossils and other nature treasures! And it is such a shame to store those beautiful pieces hidden in a box - so I decided to set the stage for this coral that actually is one of my mom's finds (so you can tell this has been running in the family for a long time already). I tried to make the background's colours and patterns on my panel match the theme of swooshing and swirling waves that crush upon the shore and bring lovely treasures. And it was a wonderful opportunity to also showcase some other found objects (that were flea market finds). I think they compliment the natural shape of the coral very nicely, don't they?

And I used a layering technique that I named "Gloss Varnish Resist". And here's the how-to.

Items needed :

  • Dazzling Metallics 2oz - Venetian Gold
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Gold Rush
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Sienna
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Varnishes - Gloss Varnish
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Shimmer White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Payne's Grey
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Green-Blue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Turquoise
  • Assorted Brushes
  • 6" by 4" Canvas Board
  • Old Dictionary Page
  • Small Plaque or Label Dies
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Heavy Black Card
  • Hole Punch
  • Old Metal Paper Clip
  • Thin Black Wire
  • Metal Ring
  • Palette Knife
  • Baby Wipes
  • Soft Cloth

Instructions :

Cover the canvas board with an old dictionary page using matte Decou-Page. Add a thin wash of Raw Sienna. Do NOT seal the surface! Let dry.

Use a palette knife to randomly apply streaks of Gloss Varnish. Let dry.

Add some diluted Phthalo Turquoise with a soft wide flat brush. Wait a little, then wipe off the excess from the spots where the gloss varnish has worked as a resist. Let dry.  

Add more Gloss Varnish with the palette knife, making sure you partially cover up areas that already have been treated with varnish in step two. Let dry. 

Now repeat step three by using Phthalo Green-Blue this time. You will end up with spots that still show the Raw Sienna that we tinted the dictionary page with in step one, others show pure Phthalo Turquoise or Green-Blue and some will show a mix of the tones you used. 

Paint the board‘s edge with a thin line of Raw Umber, then – while the paint is still wet - use your fingertip to smudge some of the paint towards the center. 

Add sprinkles of lightly diluted Raw Umber and white Simmer Mister.

Using the palette knife add some white Crackle Paste here and there and especially to the spot where you later want your found objects to sit. Press both objects into the wet paste so you have marked the exact spots. Leave the paste to dry without the objects in place.

Apply a mix of Raw Umber and Carbon Black Antiquing Creams to the whole canvas board and let dry. Then wipe off the excess with a damp soft cloth. This way the little cracks and texture from the Crackle Paste will become beautifully visible. 

Cover up the center spot and add more Raw Umber and white Shimmer Mister sprinkles. Paint a thin white frame using a fine tip brush and Titanium White. 

Die cut a label or plaque from heavy black card and punch two holes in it. Paint on the desired number for your treasure. Then thread two pieces of thin black wire through the holes and twist them closed.

Add a little dab of Gold Rush Metallic Lustre to the die cut label to make it match the found objects.

Sprinkle some Venetian Gold onto the board. Then fix the label to it by wrapping the wire around the board and taping it to its back. I also used a sticky foam pad to fix the label directly to the board and to keep it in place. 

You‘re done!

I hope you like my "Gloss Varnish Resist" technique and are inspired to set some beautiful stages for your treasures too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs and happy crafting!

Claudia

Be sure to visit Von Pappe II for more projects and to learn more about Claudia Neubacher.

Comments

Claudia, this is so perfectly yummy! Those layers of varnish must be truly awesome in person, how I wish I could hold this one! A truly amazing way to feature this found beauty! Well done! Hugs, Autumn

Autumn

April 13, 2017

Absolutely gorgeous backdrop, love the resist. Fantastic design. Tracy x

Tracy Evans

April 14, 2017

This is a fabulous piece Claudia! The close-up picture with the word 'treasure' really showcases your layers and techniques. Thank you for sharing your steps!

Leslie

April 15, 2017

This reminds me of how an archaeologist arrives on a 'site' with their spades and brushes hopeful of find something unique and rare. They begin to dig into a plot of earth that could look exactly like your background - full of textures, cracks and dozens of colors. They hope. And then... they find a rare beauty - a white fan shaped artifact. The prize. YOU have taken 'the prize' and preserved it BEAUTIFULLY Claudia. Now it IS a TREASURED ART PIECE for all to enjoy. Xj.

Joi@RR

April 15, 2017

Aw! Thank you all so much for the lovely comments, Autumn, Tracy, Leslie and Joi! MWAH!!! Honestly, when I was a kid I wanted to become an archaeologist...so your comment so made my day, Joi! Big HUG!!! Claudia xxx

Claudia

April 19, 2017

super cool! I love the layers and textures. =)

Lisa H

April 19, 2017

Wow Claudia this is a brilliant and beautiful project with layers, techniques and colours that you have brought together to create the most amazing work of art. You have an incredibly imaginative mind which I love xxx

Brenda Brown

April 21, 2017

A fantastic piece full of amazing textures, techniques and ideas, with great step-out photos and information too. Most important it's a beautiful piece of art to showcase that special find of your mother's. Wonderful post, thank you. Alison x

butterfly

April 25, 2017

So pretty! I love all of the colors, your technique and the embellishments. I am new to this type of mixed media, consequently my stash of supplies is nil. I would love to do this, but I'd have to purchase 14 bottes/cans of paint and paste to do this 6" x 4" project. I'm going to save this to do in the future after my cache of supplies grows a bit. The treatment and design of the board is the perfect way to show case your delightful coral treasure!

Judy H.

April 29, 2017

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