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Travel Brag Book

By: Mixed Media and More
March 1, 2016

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Travel Brag Book
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I've altered the cover of a Fancy Pants Brag Book - Artist Edition for my upcoming vacation in May. This is the perfect project to complete before a trip and fill with memories after!

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - Black
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Glaze - Clear
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Paint - White
  • DecoArt Media Varnishes - Ultra-Matte Varnish
  • DecoArt Media Varnishes - Gloss Varnish
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Payne's Grey
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Medium Grey Value 6
  • Weathered Wood 8oz - Weathered Wood
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 12x3 - Shedded
  • Fancy Pants Brag Book - Artist Edition
  • LaBlanche Script Stamp
  • Chipboards
  • Metal Handle
  • Archival Ink Jet Black
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Palette Knife
  • Black Cardstock
  • Corrugated Cardboard

Instructions:

Paint cover with black Gesso and let dry.

Instruction #1 - 017422
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Apply a layer of Americana Wethered Wood Crackle Medium and let dry.

This medium is needed - underneath a layer of Media Crackle Paint - to achieve mega crackles.

I recommend to watch the step by step video from Andy Skinner:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAAh8NkHRVE

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Use the Mixed Media Stencil "Shedded" by Andy Skinner and apply Modeling Paste.

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Use a palette knife to put on a thick layer of Crackle Paint on top of the Americana Weathered Wood Crackle Medium.

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Let all your layers of different mediums air-dry.

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Prime chipboards with a layer of Gesso.

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Paint chipboards with Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide.

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Don't paint too neat, splodges give a grungy look.

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Stamp small script with Archival ink on top.

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Apply a layer of Media Crackle Glaze on the chipboards.

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The different mediums are dry now and you've achieved mega crackles.

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I hand - sewed a little border around my picture. Glued the picture to black cardstock. Mounted everything to a ripped piece of corrugated cardboard, which was painted with white Gesso around the border.

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Adhere the picture / corrugated cardstock assemble to the cover.

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Mix Ultra-Matte Varnish with Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey and paint on the whole cover / chipboard etc and let dry.

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Apply thin layer of Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey followed by Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold.

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Mount on the metal handle and other embellishments.

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Adhere chipboard words

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Mix Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff with Media Fluid Acrylics Prussian Blue Hue and paint the chipboards.  

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Dry brush leftover paint to some spots of the cover and embellishments.

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Dry brush Media Fluid Acrylics Medium Grey Value 6 to some spots for highlights.

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Paint Media Gloss Varnish over the whole cover besides the picture and the metal embellishments.

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Comments

Wow Elly! I absolutely love all of the textures you achieved using your DecoArt products! Gorgeous bragbook! Well done! Jackie ")

Jackie PN

March 2, 2016

Wonderful project, Elly!

Barbara Rankin

March 2, 2016

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