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A Quick Personal Gift

By: Shawn Petite - Art. Workshops. Tools to help you create
November 3, 2015

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A Quick Personal Gift
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Have you ever been caught the night before an event or Holiday party, realizing that you forgot to pick up a gift? It happens to me a lot. Everyone has a busy schedule and trying to remember everything can be daunting. I recently realized that I had nothing to bring to a Holiday gift exchange. With no time to get something, I quickly pulled together what I had and put something together, that had a lot more meaning than a store bought gift.

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Varnishes - Ultra-Matte Varnish
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Patina Green
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - English Red Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - English Red Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Avocado
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Deep Burgundy
  • Wood Substrate
  • Book Pages
  • Palette Knife
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Rag
  • Butterfly Copy
  • Words
  • Recycled Cardboard
  • E6000
  • Black Pastel Stick and Charcoal Pencil

Instructions:

I started with the heart. Cut from a scrap of cardboard with the front peeled off I brushed on burnt umber and engilsh red oxcide. Make sure to get the sides.

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Using 4 antiquing creams I brushed on and wiped off in random spots.

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I then moved on to the wood substrate. Painting the sides and the back black with carbon black fluid acrylic.

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I put down my book page down with matte medium.

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I put down my gesso with a palette knife, not covering all of the book page.

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Using the same technique as the step above, I place Avocado down with my palette knife. 

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I went over all of the layers, using a rag with Patina green and raw umber antiquing cream.

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I painted a heart with Americana deep burgundy and cut it out and then put the butterfly and other papers down with Matte Medium and glued the heart down with E6000. It will need to dry. 

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Once everything was dry, I used charcoal pencil and a black pastel stick to add some shading and then Sealed with Ultra Matte Varnish.

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One last thought. With the back painted black you can use a white paint marker or white sharpie and personalize it for a truly one of a kind gift.

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

 

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Be sure to visit Shawn Petite - Art. Workshops. Tools to help you create  for more projects and to learn more about Shawn.

Comments

You are so right... anyone would love this Shawn. Seems like since the holidays are coming up - you could exchange your cardboard heart with a cardboard holiday item - star, tree, snowman etc. I think I might have to give this one a try!!! You are always so inspiring!! Thanks bunches. j.

Joi@RR

November 3, 2015

Love that background to bits, Shawn! Such a brilliant colour combo! Claudia xx

Claudia

November 3, 2015

awesome, love it! Great idea for anytime, thanks so much!~kim

kim

November 4, 2015

Love this so cute

Goddess

November 8, 2015

What an awesome gift! Love it!!!

jo heffner

November 8, 2015

This is a stunning piece. Thank you for the tutorial.

susan

November 11, 2015

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