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Baroque Wall Art

by: Mark Gould
August 22, 2017

Baroque Wall Art

Thanks for stopping by. Today Mark Gould of Speshink is sharing a gothic baroque style wall hanging he has made using the Decoart Media line of paints and mediums.

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Pyrrole Red
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Hansa Yellow Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Carbon Black
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Lamp (Ebony) Black
  • Triple Thick Gloss Glaze Spray 6oz - Triple Thick Gloss Glaze
  • Americana DuraClear Varnishes 8oz - DuraClear Satin Varnish
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 6x6 - Baroque
  • Americana Decor Stencils - Old French Script
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Glaze - Clear
  • MDF Board
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Palette Knife

Instructions :

Take your substrate, I have used a piece of MDF board about 18x6 inches that I had cut to size. Apply a thin layer of modeling paste using a pallet knife, I have worked the paste to give an uneven texture but have tried to leave the surface clean of any deliberate knife marks or straight lines.

Leave to dry.

Use the pallet knife again and add more modeling pasted through your stencil design and leave to dry.

I have used the black modeling paste as the colours I am using are semi transparent colours and I wanted to have the black effect how the colours would look. A darker and dirtier shade than if they were going over a white base.

I started by adding the Pyrrole Red and worked the paint out from the centre of the baroque design, whilst the paint was still wet I added the hansa yellow and blended areas together to get the shades of orange leading to the red centre. As the yellow is such a transparent colour I added several coats to build up the colour till I was happy. The top and bottom edges were blended in using the Cobalt Teal Hue to give a nice shade of green.

Once the paint was dry I gave everything a coat of Satin varnish. This helps seal the surface and also add a layer of protection from the next step which will be adding the black antiquing cream.

As the antiquing cream is water reactive it can be awkward to varnish over the top if you over work the varnish so it’s a good idea to put a varnish coat on first.

I have also added a few random areas of the one step crackle once the varnish had dried.

Coat everything with the Black antiquing cream making sure you work the cream into all the edges of your design, I normally use my finger for this as I find it easier to work the cream into the areas I know ill want it left behind. 

The Antiquing Cream dries pretty quick, you can either leave it to dry completely and once dry start to gently wipe away the cream with a damp cloth, just keep moving to a fresh clean piece of cloth to avoid smearing the cream or you can start to lightly wipe away the cream straight away. If you do this go lightly and work on an area at a time, if you find the cream is drying out just damp the cloth a little to reactivate the antiquing cream.

One of the best things with the Antiquing Cream is if you remove to much its easy to add more and repeat the steps till you are happy with the outcome, also if its looking like there is to much Antiquing Cream you can keep wiping back till you are happy with the results, it’s a very forgiving medium.

I have used black archival ink to distress the edges and Americana Black paint to paint the edges of the MDF board.

If you prefer a matte finish you can leave the project at this stage.

I wanted to go for a high gloss finish that would really bring out the colours and create an almost wet and deeply varnished look so I used the DecoArt Triple Thick spray varnish.

Using the spray varnish eliminates any risk of reactivating the Antiquing Cream but is best done outside or in a well ventilated room.

You could also use the Triple Thick as a normal varnish, but if you do this just work quick and keep the brush work to a minimum. The Triple thick is just that, a very thick gloss varnish, its best to puddle it on push it out quick and leave it to self level and dry naturally.

Be sure to visit Spesh Ink for more projects and to learn more about Mark Gould.


Wow Mark this looks great. I think I will use the technique to create a journal cover. X


August 22, 2017

Brilliant tutorial, I'm fairly new at mixed media and dying to have ago at this plaque, just got to order some of the antiquing cream. Thanks for explaining it all so well.


August 22, 2017

I love the crackle and those colours are gorgeous. The text looks fantastic. Tracy x

Tracy Evans

August 22, 2017

Stunning project, love it xx

Trudi Miller

August 22, 2017

Amazing Mark Love this xXx

Tracey Anne Smith

August 22, 2017

Wow Mark, the colour are wonderful and I love the crackles! Great tutorial too! Anne x

Anne Redfern

August 22, 2017

Lovely work Mark! As always your artwork is vibrant and unusual! Cx

Carol Findon

August 22, 2017

Love this and thanks for the great tutorial Mark!

Gayna Ballard

August 22, 2017

Beautiful surface patina. Really appreciate the close-up, detail shots.


August 22, 2017

A fabulous plaque Mark with great colours and textures and a fabulous step by step xxx

Brenda Brown

August 23, 2017

Absolutely gorgeous. Will have to give this a go.


August 23, 2017

FABULOUSLY FLAMBOYANT and FANTASTIC Mark. You make the DecoArt Media products just look MAGNIFICENT. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Xj.


August 23, 2017

What a clear and concise tutorial. I will be having a go very soon on a treasure chest infection think x


August 23, 2017

Wow, Mark! Fantastic piece! I love the colors and the text and crackle are fantastic!

Sara Emily Barker

August 24, 2017

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