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Antique King and Queen Mixed Media House

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Antique King and Queen Mixed Media House
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Antique King and Queen Mixed Media House

designed by Felicity Greiner

This mixed media house, made with DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics, features rubber stamps by mixed media artist Andy Skinner.

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SUPPLIES

DecoArt Media® Antiquing Cream

  • Carbon Black (DMM150)
  • Raw Umber (DMM151)

DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics

  • Carbon Black (DMFA05)
  • Gold (Metallic) (DMFA49)
  • Raw Umber (DMFA37)
  • Titan Buff (DMFA38)

DecoArt Media® Specialty Products

  • Liquid Glass (DMM14)
  • Matte Medium (DMM20)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • scissors
  • #3 round brush
  • #2 round brush
  • 3/4" flat brush
  • 1/4" flat brush
  • lace
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • assorted buttons
  • decorative moss
  • hand saw
  • embellishments of choice (clock key, gears, small pearls, sequins )
  • wooden dowel rod (1/4")
  • wooden beads (2 each of round and cone)
  • 1" stencil brush
  • wooden block (about 2-1/2" x 1-1/4")
  • public domain image (male/female, head/torso, dragonfly/butterfly wings)
  • needle nose pliers
  • wooden houses (shadow box)
  • mini clothespins (6)
  • wooden shape (mason jar, flower pot, flat circle)
  • Andy Skinner rubber stamp, Toxic (Stampendous)
  • Andy Skinner rubber stamp, Curiosity (Stampendous)
  • Andy Skinner rubber stamp, Shabby Chic (Stampendous)
  • jewelry wire

INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Paint the inside of the wooden shadow box house with two coats of Titan Buff using a 3/4" flat brush. Allow to dry between coats. (Leave the outside of the house as is.)
    Step 0 Example
  2. Lightly load a 1" stencil brush with Raw Umber. Tap off the excess paint onto a paper towel. Dry-brush Raw Umber into the corners and creases of the house, lightly blending outward. Apply Raw Umber very lightly to the entire inside of the house.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Mix together (3) parts Raw Umber, (1) part Carbon Black, and (1) part water. Use the stencil brush to lightly apply the mix onto the crackle stamp from the Andy Skinner Toxic stamp pack. Randomly apply the stamp to the entire inside of the house. Save the mix for the next step. (You can stamp several times before reloading the stamp. If needed, keep a paper towel on hand to lightly press onto any areas that are stamped too dark.)
    Step 2 Example
  4. Apply the "Antiques Open", flourishes, and newsprint stamps from the Andy Skinner Curiosity stamp pack to the back of the house. (Refer to photo for placement.) Apply the mix from the previous step with the stencil brush. With the same mix, apply the postage emblem from the Andy Shabby Chic stamp pack. (Refer to photo.) Set the house aside to dry.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Print and cut two public domain figure heads (male and female) of your choice to fit onto the wooden head pieces (wooden mason jars turned upside down). Apply a coat of Matte Medium to both images and onto the wooden heads. Allow to dry.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Apply another coat of Matte Medium onto the images as well as the wooden heads. While the Matte Medium is still wet, apply the images face down onto the wooden heads and press firmly to remove any bubbles. Set aside and allow to dry for a minimum of three hours. (If it is cool to the touch, it needs to dry longer.)
    Step 5 Example
  7. Print and cut out butterfly and dragonfly public domain images of your choice to fit the figures. Set onto a movable surface (such as scrap paper). Apply Liquid Glass to the wings. Set aside to dry until Liquid Glass is clear.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Print and cut out male and female torso public domain images of your choice. Apply Matte Medium onto a wooden block (approximately 2-1/2" x 1-1/4"). Position the image while the Matte Medium is still wet and flatten with a finger. Apply another layer of Matte Medium on top of the image. Repeat for the second torso.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Paint (2) cone-shaped wooden beads and (2) circular wooden beads in Titan Buff. Mix (3) parts Raw Umber with (1) part Carbon Black. Using a #2 round brush, apply stripes onto the cone-shaped beads with the mix. Apply dots of the same mix onto the circular beads. Let dry. Once dry, sand the beads lightly. Mix (3) parts Raw Umber Antiquing Cream with (1) part Carbon Black Antiquing Cream. Apply the mix to the beads with a 1/4" flat brush; wipe back with a paper towel.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Paint six mini clothespins with a #3 round brush in Gold (Metallic).
    Step 9 Example
  11. Once the heads have dried, wet the back of the covering image. Lightly rub a finger in a circular motion to remove the paper and reveal the image. Once it appears that all the paper has been removed, allow the image to dry. (If needed, repeat wetting and rubbing the paper until it is completely removed.) Once dry and all the paper removed, apply a coat of Matte Medium to the entire head piece.
  12. Using a hot glue gun, adhere a clock key onto the top center of the man's head. Adhere the mini clothespins onto the top of the woman's head, forming a crown. (Refer to photo for placement.)
    Step 11 Example
  13. Using the hot glue gun, adhere gears around the sides of the clock key. (Refer to photo for placement.) Adhere mini pearls onto the top of the crown points and a small sequin onto the fronts of each mini clothespin.
    Step 12 Example
  14. Mix (3) parts Raw Umber Antiquing Cream with (1) part Carbon Black Antiquing Cream. Using a #3 round brush, apply the mix to the edges of the torso and head of each figure. Wipe back with a paper towel while the mix is still wet for an antiqued look.
  15. Using the hot glue gun, adhere two buttons on top of the torso portion where the head will be placed. Adhere the head on top of the buttons. Adhere the striped legs onto the bottom of the man's torso and the polka-dot legs onto the bottom of the woman's torso.
    Step 14 Example
  16. Using needle nose pliers, curl the end of a piece of jewelry wire several times to create a spiral. Cut to the desired leg length, accounting for the wire to be inside of the bead as well. Repeat for both legs of each figure. Fill the inside of the bead hole with hot glue. While the glue is still fluid, insert the wire and hold into place until the glue has cooled. Repeat for all legs.
    Step 15 Example
  17. Using the hot glue gun, adhere the butterfly wings onto the female figure and the dragonfly wings onto the male figure. (Refer to photo for placement.)
    Step 16 Example
  18. Cut (2) 6" pieces of a small wooden dowel. Fill a small wooden flower pot with hot glue. While the glue is still fluid, stick the end of the dowel into the flower pot. Balance straight until the hot glue has cooled. Adhere the flower pot onto the circular base. Using a 1/4" flat brush, paint the dowel in Titan Buff. Let dry. Once dry, brush on Raw Umber Antiquing Cream; wipe away excess with a paper towel. Repeat for the other wooden dowel piece.
    Step 17 Example
  19. Flip the male figure over and apply a strip of hot glue onto the center back of the wooden block. Press the wooden dowel into the glue with the base pointing toward the feet of the figure. (Apply hot glue over the dowel for added durability.) Repeat for the female figure, being careful to align the feet with the male figure when gluing onto the dowel.
  20. Apply hot glue to the bottom of the circular wooden base. Position the male figure on the left and the female figure on the right on the inside of the house.
    Step 19 Example
  21. Adhere small pieces of decorative moss onto the bottom of the house, covering the bottom of the house and the bases for the figures using hot glue.
    Step 20 Example
  22. Cut two strips of lace to cover the front of the roof. Mix together (3) parts Raw Umber, (1) part Carbon Black, and (3) parts water. Use this wash to brush over the pieces of lace. Save mix for next step. Let dry. Once dry, use hot glue to adhere the lace over the front of the roof.
    Step 21 Example
  23. Use the mix from the previous step to randomly stamp the crackle stamp from the Toxic stamp set (see step 3) onto the entire outside of the house. (Stamp several times before reloading the stamp.)
    Step 22 Example