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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Mixed Media May-hem with DecoArt Media

Welcome all my lovely blog friends, thanks so much for your visit.  I am actually away from my computer for a couple of weeks, so I apologise in advance if I don't comment on your posts, I will do my best to catch up once I am online again.  I have a couple of scheduled posts set up, of which this is one - I wouldn't want you to forget me entirely!!

We are all having great fun over at Eileen Hull's Art With Heart Challenge - which this month is:


We are so fortunate as a design team to have received some fabulous products from DecoArt to use and what amazing products they are (my own personal opinion).  I am also proud to be a member of the DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program (details on my sidebar).

If you saw my last post you will know how much I love seahorses and all things to do with water and the sea/ocean so I am following along on that theme and I have used Eileen's fantastic Artist Trading Block die to create a treasure chest which, in my rather vivid imagination, was brought up from the depths of the ocean....
It is hard even for me to believe now, that this started out as plain cream coloured mat board  (mount board in the UK), as you can see below!
I cut two of the large Artist Trading Blocks (ATBs) from die No. 658984, using the largest ATB on the die  (2.1/2" square) and I joined the two together to make a rectangular shape.
For the top part I cut the same two ATBs again but cut them down height-wise and added a semi circle of card to each end to form the rounded section of the lid.  Some plain card was then scored at 1/4" intervals to form the 'wooden' elements of the chest.  I painted this with Quinacridone Gold Media Fluid and whilst still wet, I added a coat of Burnt Umber Media Fluid (I wanted a random appearance).  I did not take a photo of the next step (I got carried away!) but I added some black and gold Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals to the wet paint, to give a rough texture effect, painted here and there with Paynes Grey and Cobalt Teal to give an 'aged' appearance.

To finish off I then covered the piece completely with Andy Skinner's Dirty Wash recipe (70% Quinacridone Gold, 30% Paynes Grey mixed with Media Ultra Matte Varnish to make a glaze).
For the metal effect edges to the chest I cut some 1/2" strips of card, scored down the middle and painted these with Metallic Silver Media Fluid and then pounced on some Quinacridone Gold, Carbon Black, Cobalt Teal and Paynes Grey Media Fluids.
I gave the metal hinges (Tim Holtz) the same metal colour wash.
The lock at the front and the chain got the same 'metal' paint treatment.  You can see some of the texture in the wood in the pictures above and below.
A close-up of the lock and the 'netting' I added.  The netting (gauze) was sprayed with many different colours of the Media Fluid paints which I watered down and put in spritzer bottles to randomly spray the gauze.  You only need the tiniest amount to make up a spray and the colours stay true.

Apologies for the long post but I know that some of you like to see the detail.  Please do consider joining in Eileen's challenge HERE, it would be lovely to see you there - I cannot describe to you how much fun it is to use these DecoArt Media Fluid products!!




Thanks for looking, I have another scheduled post in a few days with my latest Tim tag, I hope you will join me then.  Hugs, Anne xx

54 comments:

  1. Absolutely brilliant this really does look like it was pulled up from the depths of the Sea, or some buried treasure. Wonderful rusty piece that looks so authentic. Love it Anne and very clever. Tracy x

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  2. I appreciate all the detail, Annie, because it is hard to imagine that this incredible creation WASN'T just pulled up from the depths of the sea!! It is utterly magnificent!! Enjoy your holiday!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  3. I appreciate all the detail, Annie, because it is hard to imagine that this incredible creation WASN'T just pulled up from the depths of the sea!! It is utterly magnificent!! Enjoy your holiday!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  4. Wow this is amazing Anne...looks just like an "Ahoy Me Hearties" Treasure Chest from the bottom of the ocean...have a great holiday...hugs kath xxx

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  5. WOWWWWW!!!!!! That could be centuries old Anne! Jack Sparrow himself would sail the oceans to own this one! Thank you so much for those clear instructions. It's quite incredible to see that this all came from the basic ATB die. As ever dear friend, you've worked your magic with those ingredients. See you soon! Jenny xxx

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  6. This is one magnificent piece of Art. So authentic looking too. I can see me picking your brains for some of these techniques . Fabulous work Anne as always. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  7. My mouth is hanging wide open -- Anne you are a superstar. I am not kidding - Anne your chest is brilliant - beyond anything I have seen. I wish you would consider you very own book of makes and how tos or doing on line classes. I would buy every class and every book. Or what about being on etsy and selling some of your fantastic makes. You are my hero kid -- your trunk looks so very real. And just think, I can say - I knew her when ......
    Sandy xx

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  8. Fantastique! Just a question haunts me: what treasure is inside? It looks so real! There must be something as amazing inside!! Fabulous! And Thanks for sharing the techniques.

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    1. Sadly Lys, there is nothing inside, I think the Pirates got there and emptied it!! xx

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  9. With you on how amazing the DecoArt products are Anne, i think imho that once you have tried these paints you will love them too.

    AMAZING use of Eileen's ATB die, i agree Jack Sparrow would love your treasure box, he might store his compass in there!

    TY for the step by step, much appreciated:-) xxx

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  10. This is absolutely amazing - Anne - I don't know where you start to think up these three D creations - you are so clever! Absolutely brilliant and so very authentic! Fantastic! Hugs rachel p.s. I hope you're having a lovely time xx

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  11. My jaw is on the floor Anne....totally speechless......utterly amazing project wow wow wow !
    Julie x

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  12. WOW!!! This is fabulous Anne - what an amazing creation.
    Toni xx

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  13. WOW!!! This is absolutely amazing Anne ..... and it looks so realistic. Your attention to detail is incredible. Have a fabulous holiday. xx

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  14. My jaw is where everyone else's is- hanging open! Wow you nailed this Anne and I am sure DecoArt is going to love it as much as I do. Simply amazing. Love love LOVE! Have a fantastic trip!

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  15. I'll echo Sandy - you are a SUPERSTAR!!!! Stunning transformation - to begin with mat board and end up with that amazing chest - well it is a masterpiece! Glad you are being recognised by Decoart programme as what a sales job you have done! Just love those colours you have used. Have a really lovely holiday Anne. Nicola xx

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  16. Anne....this chest is INCREDIBLE! I am so glad that you showed all of the steps in creating this. Ecsuse there is NO WAY I would believe that you did this out of paper and out of an ATB die cut. The chest shape and detail is outstanding. But the aging and coring you did with the DecoArt products is mind blowing. Absolutely mind blowing! Way to create something off the charts amazing!

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  17. That is SO realistic Anne. I'm gobsmacked! :D
    I hope you are away having a fabulous time {{Hugs}} xox

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  18. Wow! This is absolutely fabulous! Thanks so much for including the details of your creative process! I especially love that you used scoring to mimic wood slats. Brilliant!

    I'm pinning this because I have a sieve for memory.

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  19. Goodness Anne! you just blow my mind with your marvelous imagination - this definitely looks like a chest pulled out of the sea - your creativity with Eileen's blocks is amazing - and your use of the paints makes it look so aged! thanks for sharing just how you did this! Julia xx

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  20. This is just amazing Anne :) can really imagine it being an old old chest.

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  21. Hi Anne a wonderful piece of treasure you have made. You really have made a beautiful piece here so clever. To think it started our from a simple ATB . x

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  22. Shiver me timbers Anne your creative mind n fingers need insuring as they are pure genius!! You are a REAL designer who has more than the ability to think n create 'outside of the box' (or in this case ATB's ;) ) . Your treasure chest is absolutely sublime- so authentic - YOU ROCK!!

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  23. A fabulous project and yet again your creativity with this die is amazing ! A fabulous project xx

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  24. Wow! I had to come over to check this out after seeing your post on FB... I can't believe you made this with the ATB die... Anne, your creativity knows no limits!

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  25. I actually almost fell off my chair Anne! Seriously, this is made from scratch!! WHAT!!! I am blown away by the creativity and techniques you used to build your treasure chest! It looks so authentic, the wood, the metal...straight from the bottom of the sea!! You are the master, that's for sure! LOVE LOVE LOVE! hugs :)

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  26. I am drooling over here, Anne! I can't believe how you altered the ATB and came up with such an amazing and unique design! It sure does look like a treasure chest. Love this to pieces! Hugs!

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  27. This is absolutely magical!! LOVE how you altered the ATB to create the Treasure Chest!! I am going to attempt to follow your directions and make one for myself! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. This is so fabulous Anne!! Super clever way of using the ATBS die too!

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  29. Fantastic! Fabulous! Fantabulous! How creative you are! I pinned it to my Just Plain Cool board. Love it. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/415386765608100662/

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  30. My gosh Anne, that is fabulous! Looks like it was just plucked off of a pirate ship, what an amazing piece!

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  31. Wow Anne this is stunning! It truly looks like it's been hauled from the sea! Your rusting is amazing! Sue C x

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  32. Totally awesome Anne.....it sure does look like an old treasure chest. The DA paints look wonderful and the addition of the chain is the perfect finish.

    TFS Annie x

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  33. Such a brilliant project Anne - great design and great colours and textures on the treaure chest. Hopefully it's full of dubloons so you can buy more paints !! Elaine xx

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  34. Fabulous in every sitting at the bottom on the ocean for years way!!! You've totally captured the feeling! LOVE this! Pinned!!!

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  35. OMG!!! (And I never use that...!) I thought the first image was an antique housing a gorgeous creation made by yourself, but no... no no no, ;) the 'antique' is THE most gorgeous creation ever made! I don't know how you do it but this is so totally beautiful Anne, you are the master of 3D art. You should be doing videos, workshops etc :)
    Hugs
    Georgie xx

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  36. This is amazing Anne! I love it. The construction is so clever and the old worn finish is super cool. It really looks like it has been in the ocean for a very long time.

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  37. What a stunning vintage treasure chest, Anne - amazing rusty effects and weathering - brilliant work with the DecoArt goodies - this is a new favourite for me.
    Alison xx

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  38. Amazing Anne! Such creativity, how on earth you came up with this idea, is beyond me ! You are a genius ! Love the paint effects you have acheived too ! Xx

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  39. Love your treasure chest Anne - it does indeed look a though it has been submerged for awhile. Great job.

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  40. Wow Anne, when I saw this over on Eileen's blog, I didn't realise you had created it from the ATB die, I thought it was an actual die! It is fantastic, absolutely stunning.So sorry I haven't been by this week or so, life has gotten in the way of blogging lately...well you know what I'm talking about...off to look at all posts from you've I've missed! Hugs Carole Z X

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  41. Aaaarrrr, yuv got me talkin' like a pirate, Aaaaarrrr! :) LOL!! Love this treasure chest from the sea, Anne :) :) Amazing transformation! It's so hard to believe this glorious little chest started from simple materials! I Love It!! XOXO-Shari

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  42. I think you must be a magician! It looks like a real treasure chest! Awesome! Love the netting too! xxx

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  43. I am finally here to leave a comment, - Anne this box is out of this world, a true master piece of grungy yummyness. Absolutely stunning in every detail, you truly are a magician, such a clever design, amazing!!!

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  44. Scrummy colour and texture Anne. Love it, Angela x

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  45. Such a cool project Anne! Love the faux rusty and crusty look! Amazing!

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  46. Anne i don't know that i have ever seen a transformation of a set die into something so spectacular before!!! seriously.. like seriously.. a beautiful piece

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  47. Wow! This is amazing Anne - it looks as though it has seen some sights! You really are so clever! Hugs, Chrisx

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  48. Wow Anne, this is amazing!Just popped over from Marjie Kemper's blog, congratulations on being featured there!

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  49. I am sorry I missed this the first time around Anne. This is absolutely amazing. Saw it on Marjie's Tuesday's Tutorial. I am blown away by this project. Honestly I would have thought that you bought a wooden box at some craft store and altered it. You are such an artist!! Love the texture and wooden slats and just being so insanely creative to make this out of ATB's!! Hugs to you -- Mary Elizabeth

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  50. Speechless! This looks as though it was just pulled out of the sea...that rust is so very realistic, and I love all the patina you've created on the chest & the lock as well. I would be totally clueless as to how to even start the shaping of this project, but then all the finishes you've applied to get to the final results. You are just unbelievable in the art you create. TFS & Hugs!

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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