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Face Your Fears Triptych

by: Brenda Brown
October 3, 2017

Face Your Fears Triptych

Halloween is the perfect season to use some of the Andy Skinner stamps and I have combined them with some fabulous small greyboard shapes from Tando Creative to create this Halloween Triptych. 

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Payne's Grey
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - Black
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Varnishes - Gloss Varnish
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 12x3 - Shedded
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Iced Espresso
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Orange Flicker
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Tando Mammoth Mechanical
  • Tando Minis Halloween Mix
  • Tando Spiders Grab Bag
  • Tando Cogs Grab Bag
  • Tando Media Boards
  • Stamps - Andy Skinner Birds and Bones, Unexplained, Toxic

Instructions :

Take three media boards and paint them with black gesso.

Using Andy Skinner's stencil apply black modeling paste - it doesn't have to be an all over coverage.

Find a piece of leftover painty card that will fit in with your planned colour combinations and stamp some words.

Layout your design so that you know where everything will go and adhere the chipboard pieces and some metal spacer beads to add more interest.

Make up a spray of fairly watery Titan Buff and spray over the chipboards and the background.

Spritz water around the chipboard pieces and dab on raw umber, let it drip around and then heat dry.

Spritz the chipboards with water and randomly dab on some Burnt Sienna and dry.

Spritz with water again and this time randomly add dabs of Paynes Grey and dry. You van see how the color is beginning to build up n all three boards.

Spritz around the metal elements and the chipboards and add dabs of both Raw Umber and previous colours if they're needed and dry.

Spritz lightly all over with water and dabble Quinacridone Gold in a couple of areas on each board and dry.

Take Iced Espresso and Orange Flicker lustres and paint over some of the chipboards and metal beads and if necessary dabble on some Paynes Grey. Raw Umber and Quinacridone Gold to create well mixed, dripped and metallic grungy effects and dry. Spray with the Titan Buff and add a wash of Quinacridone Gold

Using Titan Buff rub over the top cog and stamp over the oval and rectangle chipboards.

To create the raven daub embossing ink onto some card large enough to take the raven stamp, heat emboss with black EP, when cool repeat with clear ultra thick EP and repeat again with black and brown EPs sprinkled together. On this last round whilst it still hot stamp the raven having inked him up with versafine black pigment ink. Leave the stamp to cool in the embossing before removing it. Add some paint to the body and wings to subtly bring out the features.

Adhere the bird and words onto the boards and mix up a dirty glaze - I have a tutorial on my blog for this which can be found here - and paint it over everything on the three boards to seal and unify them.

Take a piece of leftover greyboard and make a panel for the back.

I hope you enjoy the grungy style and even if you don’t like to use Halloween images the steps and techniques will work with whatever you have.

Thanks for joining me today. Happy crafting.

Be sure to visit Bumblebees and Butterflies for more projects and to learn more about Brenda Brown.


FANTASTIC! Thank you for sharing your art techniques with us!

Joann Alexander

October 3, 2017

I love the grungy style, I love Halloween and your triptych is spooky and wonderful! Great tutorial, as always..

Anne R

October 3, 2017

Love this grungy spooky creation! Nice!


October 4, 2017

I love your Halloween project Brenda. The style, the colours and the spookyness!


October 4, 2017

Great work Brenda !!! hugs Sylvie

Sylvie collet

October 5, 2017

Super step by steps - so interesting how it all came together so perfectly with the DecoArt Media products. What a SUPER SPOOKY project!!! Xj.


October 5, 2017

Fabulous, spooky Halloween project and an amazing step-out! Thank you for sharing your steps with us! I'm certainly going to be giving these steps a try!

Sara Emily Barker

October 9, 2017

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