Claudia here to bring to you a kind of "farewell" project for one of my favourite seasons of the year - which is autumn.
Sadly over here there was a rather wet and cold "autumn" this year so not much of the usual beautiful and clear autumnal light and colours for me - so I created a piece that is meant to capture that at least.
Calico Craft Parts used:
- MDF Printers Tray Kit - Style 2
- Sitting Fox MDF Wood Shape - Style 9
- Flying Barn Owl MDF Wood Shape - Style 1
- Mushrooms Funghi MDF Wood Shape - Style 9
- Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Birds - Crows&Ravens
- Sheet of Mini MDF Acorns and Oak Leaves
- Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Insects - Style 3
- Spiders Web Corner MDF Wood Shape - Style 1
I started with cutting apart the panels for the inner compartments to get more random looking boxes to fill.
with all the shapes I wanted to use for my shadow box
I glued the printers tray's pieces together using matte DecoArt Decou-page. Once that had dried I started painting my tray with a coat of DecoArt Americana Charcoal Grey as a base. Afterwards I dry brushed on some strokes of DecoArt Traditions Phtalo Green-Blue and Medium White.
To tone it down (as the colours looked a bit too cold) I gave it a wash of DecoArt media English Red Oxide as well.
Then I started to "rust" my animal shapes:
I mixed some DecoArt Americana Dark Chocolate with some bird sand and dabbed the mixture on as a base coat using a piece of a kitchen sponge. Once that was dry I dabbed on some DecoArt Americana Persimmon and for a finish a bit of Primary Yellow in some spots.
This simple three steps treatment creates some gorgeous textured rust on your MDF pieces!
I did the same with the printers tray frame's fronts:
Some alphabet wood blocks were inked around the edges and then glued in place alongside all the other pieces using matte Decou-Page.
Winter is already at our doorsteps - so I hope you enjoyed this attempt of capturing a bit of autumnal warmth as much as I did! ;)
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