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Praising Skadi

by: Elly Pirally
May 4, 2017

Praising Skadi

In Norse mythology, Skadi is a goddess associated with bowhunting, skiing, winter and mountains. She is the wife of the god Njord and appears to be the most independent of the Norse Goddesses. She is a giantess whose father Thiazi was killed for stealing the Goddess Idun ( and therefore the God's apples of immortality)

On a cold and snowy morning, I felt the icy breath of Skadi in the air and I was inspired to create this shrine

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Silver
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Interference - Blue Interference
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Turquoise
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Interference - Turquoise Interference
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Interference - Gold Interference
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Payne's Grey
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Patina Green
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Paint - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Glaze - Clear
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Texture Sand Paste
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Liquid Glass
  • Weathered Wood 8oz - Weathered Wood
  • Vaseline
  • Salt
  • Palette Knife
  • Deer Head Chipboard
  • Glass Vials
  • Sandpaper
  • Muffin Tin
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Old Book Paper
  • Patterned Paper
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Tando Creative Industrial Wings Kit designed by Andy Skinner
  • Tando Creative Industrial Elements designed by Andy Skinner
  • Relics & Artifacts Figureheads by Sandra Evertson

Instructions :

Start sanding the muffin tin slightly. This way the acrylic paint gets grip to the muffin tin.

Paint the outside muffin tin with Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber. When dry, apply Weathered Wood Crackle Medium to some spots for mega crackles

Paint the inside tins with Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver.

Apply vaseline with your fingers to the tin, where you want the crackle paint to peel off.

Apply a layer of Media Crackle Paint to the muffin tin with the pallet knife and let dry.

Slightly sand the muffin tin with sandpaper. You'll know have an altered tin, with small crackles and big crackles. Some spots are just white and without any cracks, also as some spots where the brown paint from underneath is showing up.

Apply a wash (much water - less paint mix) of Fluid Acrylics Phthalo Blue over the muffin tin and when dry, paint also a layer of Fluid Acrylics Interference Blue.

Assemble two of the big gears/ washers/bolts from the Tando Industrial Elements with Liquid Glass. Apply Media Texture Sand Paste with your fingers to some spots and let dry. Paint Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey on top. Paint Fluid Acrylics Interference Blue to one gear and Interference Turquoise to the other.

Paint accents with Fluid Acrylics Interference Gold.

Paint accents with Fluid Acrylics Phthalo Turquoise.

Paint Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold on top of spots with the Texture Sand Paste.

The look of a dry gear (left) and still wet gear (right). You can also notice the little shine of the Fluid Acrylics Interference paint.

Assemble the wings from the Tando Industrial Wings Kit with Media Liquid Glass. Also assemble a doorplate from Tando Industrial Elements. Paint wings and doorplate with Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff. Paint a layer of Fluid Acrylics Interference Gold on top. Apply a layer of Media Crackle Glaze and let dry.

Paint Media Antiquing Cream Raw Umber into the cracks.

The eye is a download I found on the internet, glued to a round element, from the industrial elements. Adapting the colour of the eye, I've painted with Fluid Acrylics Phthalo Blue underneath the eye and you can also spot some scribbling with Fluid Acrylics Titanium White in the pupil. Around the circle I've painted with Fluid Acrylics Phthalo Turquoise.

More washers and gears from the Tando Industrial Elements. Painted with a wash of Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey and some salt on top. Also use Media Texture Sand Paste for texture.

Peel of the salt when dry and paint Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold on top.  

Glue the recently painted big washers on top of the eye with Liquid Glass.

The muffin tin so far.

Fill the inside tins in a different way.  Cut circles of patterned paper, old book pages or even corrugated cardboard and glue inside with Media Liquid Glass. Apply a wash of Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold inside and sprinkle salt. Apply Media Crackle Glaze on top of corrugated cardboard. You can also apply Media Texture Sand Paste inside and paint a wash of Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold for an aged look.

I've aged the muffin tin a little bit more by applying Texture Sand Paste and painting with Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber on top.

The chipboard deer head is painted with a layer of Media Gesso white and a layer of Texture Sand Paste. The little glass bottle has a filling of Media Liquid Glass mixed with a tiny amount of Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Turquoise. The outside of the bottle has a treatment with Texture Sand Paste and was aged with Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold.

Skadi's Head was painted with Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff first. Next up a layer of Media Antiquing Cream Patina Green, which I wiped off a little bit and the same treatment with Antiquing Cream Raw Umber.

Filled other tins with leftover gears and computer generated words

Be sure to visit Mixed Media and More for more projects and to learn more about Elly Pirally.

Comments

Elly, this is so cool! I love the crackle and all of the elements you've created to use in this muffin tin! Amazing creativity!

Candy Colwell

May 4, 2017

Elly this is magnificent, I loved reading about the background to this piece and seeing how each step evolved in the making of it. Brilliant xxx

Brenda Brown

May 5, 2017

In keeping with your Mythology theme.... this is hugely CREATIVE and IMAGINATIVE Elly. What a great demonstration of the mammoth ways DecoArt Media can be enjoyed. AWESOME! Xj.

Joi@RR

May 5, 2017

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