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Stenciled "Motor Motel" Mixed Media Frame

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Stenciled "Motor Motel" Mixed Media Frame

designed by Micaela Spiggle

Make a mixed media memory frame for summertime adventures with DecoArt Media®.

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Americana® Stencils

  • Signs (6" x 8") (ASMM22)

DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics

  • Cadmium Red Hue (DMFA04)
  • Carbon Black (DMFA05)
  • Primary Cyan (DMFA27)
  • Primary Yellow (DMFA28)
  • Silver (Metallic) (DMFA48)
  • Titanium White (DMFA39)
  • Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide (DMFA42)
  • Ultramarine Blue (DMFA43)

DecoArt Media® Specialty Products

  • Matte Medium (DMM20)

DecoArt® Personally Yours™ Stencils

  • Between the Lines - Roaring 20s (12" x 12") (PYB102)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • scissors
  • #12 flat brush
  • #1 round brush
  • assorted scrapbook paper
  • printed images (car and palm trees)
  • wooden frame (9.5" square) (Michaels)


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Remove the plastic packaging and cardboard insert from the frame.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Use a #12 flat brush to apply Matte Medium over the entire frame in a medium thickness.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Tear or use scissors to trim scrapbook papers to fit in the frame. Place the paper on wet Matte Medium on the frame and brush more Matte Medium on top to seal.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Continue to overlap papers and add more Matte Medium on top. Rinse brush.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Use a #12 flat brush and Primary Yellow to paint random dashes on the top section of the frame. Rinse brush.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Use the same brush and Matte Medium to seal the top section of the frame. Rinse brush.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Use the same brush and Primary Cyan to add random dashes toward the bottom half of the frame.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Use the same brush to paint over the bottom half of the frame with Ultramarine Blue. Rinse brush.
  9. Print out images of cars and palm trees of your choice. Use scissors to cut the car with a frame big enough to fit the frame opening. (The palm trees can be cut with no frame.)
    Step 8 Example
  10. Use a #1 round brush and Cadmium Red Hue to paint the car. Rinse brush. Load the same brush with Silver (Metallic) to paint the the grill, lights, and bumper. Rinse brush.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Use the #12 flat brush and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide thinned with water to paint the background closest to the car in a rectangular shape. Load the brush with Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide (full-strength) to finish the rectangle to the edge. Rinse brush.
    Step 10 Example
  12. Place the star layering stencil over the car. Lightly pounce a cosmetic sponge loaded with Cadmium Red Hue over the stars to make two rows below and two rows above the car. Wash stencil.
    Step 11 Example
  13. Brush Matte Medium on the middle to bottom right section of the frame.
    Step 12 Example
  14. Position the palm trees on the wet Matte Medium and brush more Matte Medium on top to seal. Rinse brush.
    Step 13 Example
  15. Place the Signs Stencil over the top left corner of the frame at an angle. Use painter's tape to protect areas you are not painting yet.
  16. Load a cosmetic sponge with Cadmium Red Hue and lightly dab over the arrow. Remove the tape over the rest of the stencil.
    Step 15 Example
  17. Use a new cosmetic sponge. Load with Carbon Black to fill in the section above and below the arrow.
    Step 16 Example
  18. Load a new cosmetic sponge with Titanium White; squeeze the sponge to fit the bottom section and lightly dab on. Wash stencil. Let dry completely.
    Step 17 Example
  19. When the car photo is dry, position in the frame.
  20. Use the #1 round brush and Titanium White to paint the word "Motel". (To make it more interesting, allow words to run off the edge.)
    Step 19 Example
  21. Use the same brush to paint the word "Motor" on the top section with a shadow.
    Step 20 Example
  22. Use the same brush to paint the word "Welcome" in cursive. Rinse brush.
    Step 21 Example
  23. Use a #1 round brush with Cadmium Red Hue to paint the word "Vacancy". Rinse brush.
    Step 22 Example