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Art is Life - Industrial Panel

By: Von Pappe II
October 15, 2015

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Art is Life   Industrial Panel
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I love recycling packaging materials and incorporating them with my projects and if you – like me – love buying embellishments of all sorts you will find that they often come in wonderful transparent blister packings! So with this industrial style panel I used some of these as capsules that hold (and protect) some hand stamped metal word bands. Don't they just look cool?! 

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - English Red Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Payne's Grey
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Texture Sand Paste
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Patina Green
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Paper
  • 3" by 9" Paint Board
  • Transparent Blister Packaging
  • Cutting Mat
  • Knife
  • Ruler
  • Brass Eyelet
  • Eyelet Setting Tool
  • Hammer
  • Goldsmith Anvil
  • 3 Strips of Metal
  • Tin Snips
  • Metal Letter Stamps
  • Metal Hinge Clip
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Old Book Pages
  • Copies of Old Portraits
  • Word Stencil
  • Texture Rubber Stamps
  • Archival Stamping Ink
  • Palette Knife
  • Brown Alcohol Ink
  • Felt Pad and Blending Tool
  • Baby Wipes
  • Scissors
  • Heat Tool


Cut your paint board panel to size, then punch the hole for your eyelet at the bottom. This is for fixing an embellishment of your choice once the panel is finished. 

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Search your collection of blister packaging and choose one blister for each word of your chosen quote. I used three for my "Life is Art" quote and saw to it that they were of different sizes as this creates more interest.

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Once you have chosen your quote cut to size some small metal strips (one for each word) and stamp your words into them using a small goldsmith anvil and special metal letter stamps.

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Apply a thin wash of diluted English Red Oxide to the stamped word bands and dry with a heat tool.

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Using your fingertip dab on some Patina Green Antiquing Cream. You can use a baby wipe to wipe off any if you find you have applied too much. Use your heat tool to dry once you are content with the result .

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Mark the spots of your blister capsules with a pencil, then apply some white Media Modeling Paste using a palette knife and texture stencils of your choice. Let dry naturally! 

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Tear some of Deco Art's lovely Decou-Page papers and an old book page to small scraps and apply them to your panel using Matte Medium and a soft brush. See to it that some of the layers overlap each other as this adds a lot more depth. 

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Blend it all in by painting on a layer of Titan Buff, thus covering the white untreated spots of the paint board.

Cut out and tear some copies of old portrait photographs the size of your chosen blister capsules. Glue them in place with Matte Medium.

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Stamp on some texture using black and dark brown archival ink. I love crackle and stitching patterns but you are of course meant to choose your favourite texture stamps as this is your project and not mine!

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Stencil on some words of your choice using a mix of English Red Oxide with a bit of Paynes Grey. I also painted circles around the portraits with diluted Paynes Grey.

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Tone down the transparent blister capsules by applying some alcohol inks with a blending tool. Then glue them in place using matte Decou-Page. Let dry. Create a mix of Texture Sand Paste, some oat flakes and three to four drops of English Red Oxide and just one drop of Paynes Grey and apply around the glued on capsules with a small palette knife. You can also use a baby wipe to wipe off any excess and smooth the paste out. Let dry naturally.

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Dry brush some English Red Oxide over the stenciled texture.

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Use your fingertip to smudge some English Red Oxide along and around the edges of your panel to create a visual border. 

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Take a metal hinge clip and apply a coat of matte Decou-Page to get some "tooth" for your paints to hold on to. After that has dried use your fingertip to dab on some Paynes Grey, English Red Oxide and Patina Green Antiquing Cream. Heat dry between each layer.

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To finish off your industrial panel set the eyelet and attach some found objects like an old key at the bottom. Then attach your hinge clip to the top for a hanging device. You're done! 

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Soooo interesting Claudia. Every time I toss one of those blister covers I think I should keep it. You found a great way to use them! Love all the texture on your project. Wonderful to see something new and out of the ordinary too. j.


October 15, 2015

Thank you so much, Joi! Your kind words mean a lot to me! Hugs, Claudia xxx


October 16, 2015

Amazing project Claudia. I love your techniques to create textures and layers here. Wow!!


October 16, 2015

Great way to use those pieces of plastic Claudia! I am a big recycle r as well! Cool hanging you have made! Jackie

Jackie P Neal

October 16, 2015

This looks great! Thanks for showing the steps.

Anne (Cornucopia)

October 16, 2015

This looks simply amazing Claudia - I love all about it ! What a clever way of recycling those plastic! Ingenious! oxo Susi


October 17, 2015

I always look at those capsules and say there must be a way to use these and have found a few but this is the best tip yet! Love the depth it gave and that oat part is new to me but love the look! Fabulous!


October 17, 2015

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