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Heartís Warning

by: Hannah Oxberry
October 31, 2019

Heartís Warning

I love projects that tell a story, with layers that peel away revealing more details underneath. "Heart’s Warning" features a control panel stylized concept with layers giving the panel a weather-worn look.

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Medium Grey Value 6
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Silver
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Payne's Grey
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Yellow Green Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cadmium Red Hue
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Primary Yellow
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 2oz - Everlasting
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Liquid Glass
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • Black ink pad
  • Selection of flat brushes
  • Brayer
  • Craft mat
  • Water spritzer
  • Palette knife
  • Heat tool
  • Selection of industrial style stamps

Instructions :

Step 1: Begin with a base layer of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Carbon Black to your substrate. Around the edges of the substrate, add a little wax crayon to act as a resist layer. Paint a layer of Americana Premium Acrylic in Primary Yellow over the top.

Step 2: Once your paint is dry, take a heat tool and heat your project to melt the wax. Rub away the wax resist layer revealing the layer of black underneath. Stamp over your image using black ink and a selection of industrial style stamps.

Step 3: Take a brayer and coat with a thin layer of Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Everlasting, roll the brayer over your substrate to create a mottled effect. The aim is to give a patchy finish, not to coat the whole piece. Add further distressed elements by adding areas of DecoArt Media Crackle Paste smoothed over with a palette knife.

Step 4: Select your dial elements and begin painting them with your base layers. Think about the overall finish you want to achieve and paint the dials accordingly.

Step 5: Add layers of washes of Raw Umber, Payne's Grey and Quinacridone Gold to tone down your base colours. Create an even more realistic look to your dial by including a layer of acetate, painted with a layer of Americana Decou-Page matte glue, and washed over with a layer of Raw Umber. Stick your dial together.

Step 6: Before gluing your dial to your substrate add a finial wash of Payne's Grey over the base, concentrating the intensity of colour around the edges. Glue your dial in place and add extra details like red and green buttons, and a little heart finished with DecoArt Media Liquid Glass to create a glossy look.

Be sure to visit Hannah Oxberry Blog for more projects and to learn more about Hannah Oxberry.

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