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Inuit Esprit

By: Von Pappe II
October 10, 2017

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Inuit Esprit
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I love using wooden houses as they are such a rewarding substrate to work on. We all are attracted to house shaped mixed media art projects – maybe because the shape gives us a safe and cozy feel. Or maybe because we feel the house shape somehow keeps the art we create on it „safe“. However – I know that I share my love for house shaped projects with a lot of people. I am always on the lookout for deco houses of all shapes and sizes in the sales sections of home decor shops and often I get them for very little money. And with just the use of some of DecoArt‘s fab paints and products I love to turn them into little works of art. 

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Antique
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Gold Rush
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Glaze - Clear
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Translucent White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Diarylide Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - English Red Oxide
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Wooden House 7‘‘ Large
  • Used and dried tea bags
  • Scraps from old dictionary pages
  • Patterned Tissue Paper
  • Left overs from die cuts
  • Jute string
  • Linen ribbon
  • Found objects
  • Corner embellishments
  • Dresden border
  • Black archival stamping ink
  • Palette Knife
  • Baby wipes


Using Antique Decou-Page cover the front of the house with torn papers. Mix dictionary page scraps with patterned tissue papers and other ephemera and paper scraps. Also add some leftover die cuts here and there for additional texture. 

Instruction #1 - DA Inuit Esprit step1
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Stamp your focal image onto a used and dried tea bag using black archival stamping ink. Tear off the straight edges of the tea bag and glue it to the house with Antique Decou-Page. 

Instruction #2 - DA Inuit Esprit step2
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Browse your box with all the bits n bobs like metal findings, bottle caps, vintage buttons and other treasures. Play around and arrange them until you feel everything is balanced and in the right spot. Try to repeat similar shapes - for example: if you have used a square button, try to use another element with square shape. Repeat these shapes on your design in odd numbers (our looks are more drawn to repetitions in odd numbers than even ones).

Instruction #3 - DA Inuit Esprit step3
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Before you glue all your pieces in place, use DecoArt‘s new Clear Modeling Paste to glue a jute string „frame“ around the focal image. Stipple the Modeling Paste on with a bristle brush. This will create additional texture. Also go over the string with some more Modeling Paste so it will stay in place. Then glue add the other pieces using either the Modeling Paste or the Decou-Page. 

Instruction #4 - DA Inuit Esprit step4
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Scrape on some white Crackle Paste and Clear Crackle Glaze with a palette knife. Also spread some of it across the glued on jute string. Let everything dry naturally. 

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Emphasize the cracks and tone everything down with a mix of Carbon Black and Raw Umber Antiquing Creams. Wipe back with a baby wipe after it has dried until you are content with the look. 

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Use DecoArt media Translucent White to paint a white border around the stamped image. Use a wet brush to drag some of the white paint away from the shape to make it fade out into the background. This will make the image stand out from the background. 

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Go in with your favourite colours and paint the stamped image using a soft fine tip brush. Don‘t be afraid if your colours look too vibrant at first. Also paint a thin border along the house‘s edges and around the jute string "frame". 

Instruction #8 - DA Inuit Esprit step8
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Go in with another layer of the (diluted!) Antiquing Creams mix to tone down the vibrancy of the colours and visually fuse them. 

Instruction #9 - DA Inuit Esprit step9
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Use Translucent White (for toning in) and Titanium White media fluid acrylics to add white painted lines and dots here and there. Dry brush some white Acrylic Gesso onto the jute string „frame“ and some of your glued on objects. If you find some areas are too bright, simply add a wash of English Red Oxide or go in with more Antiquing Cream. 

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You‘re almost done! Add a bit of blingyness by gently rubbing on Gold Rush Metallic Lustre with your fingertip in various spots. Use it also to highlight textured areas and to paint the house‘s sides with it (to do so simply use a soft wide brush and water and use the Metallic Lustre‘s container as if it were a knob of watercolour). 

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Instruction #12 - DA Inuit Esprit detail199
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So there‘s a little Inuit girl with her beloved kite living in my mixed media house. Whom will I be seeing in yours? I hope you have enjoyed the project and tutorial! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy crafting! Claudia

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Your little Inuit Girl is soooo PRECIOUS and her house is a total WOW. Truly - this is a BEAUTIFULLY INTRIGUING project Claudia. What an AMAZING use of DecoArt products... it's all just so WONDERFULLY done. Can you tell I'm - once again - just AWED by your work? For sure! Who would live in my house....? I could never begin to make something this INCREDIBLE!! Xj.


October 20, 2017

Oh, sure you could, Joi! I know your I can very well imagine a "Joi-version" of a wooden house that is even more beautiful and magical than mine!!!! I hope I will one day find out who would live in your house! ;) Hugs, Claudia xxx


October 21, 2017

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