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by: Hannah Oxberry
April 18, 2017
Create a pretty, feminine piece using layers for a truly vintage feel.
Begin by priming an A4 greyboard substrate with white gesso, water the gesso down a little to make it spread more easily.
To create the initial background layer; add generous amounts of white gesso in patches. Into each patch add a drop of Green Gold. Roughly draw the colour through the gesso to create a tonal effect.
Lay a stencil over the substrate and with a stiff brush add undiluted Green Gold and Yellow Green Light through the stencil. Allow the colours to blend into one another. Once dry, wash over the layer using watered down white gesso.
Select some vintage style papers, cover the substrate with Matte Medium and layer up your chosen papers. Rip the edges of the papers for added effect. As you did before, wash the layers back with watered down white gesso.
Sketch the head of a Hydrangea flower on to your substrate and paint this in, using a fine brush, with a layer of gesso. Once dry, begin painting in the flowers. Mix up Primary Magenta with white gesso to give tones and use in a watered-down state to create an effect similar to that of water colours. Add Green Gold to areas of the flowers too.
Lay the distressed harlequin stencil over your substrate and using a palette knife, roughly draw white modelling paste through the stencil leaving the area containing the hydrangea free. Allow the modelling paste the dry fully, then place the stencil back over the substrate. Pick out the raised areas and paint these in using a stiff brush and undiluted green gold.
Again, lay the stencil over your substrate and dab glue over patches of the harlequin detail. Lift of the stencil and be sure to wash immediately. On to the glued areas layer guilding flakes, buff away any excess flakes.
Take your crackle glaze and apply over the substrate, remember; thicker areas of glaze will result in larger cracks and thinner areas will give smaller cracks. Allow the glaze to dry fully, once dry apply white antiquing cream to all crackled areas. Ensure the cream penetrates all the cracks. Using a slightly damp cloth, buff away the excess cream leaving the cream just in the cracks.
Create a frame effect around the piece by painting the board in white gesso and finish with metallic gold lustre to the edge.
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