Monday 26 November 2018

"There's a Howling in the Forest" - Desktop Organiser - by Claudia

Servus and thanks so much for stopping by today!

Claudia here and I would like to share a little somethin' I have made as a birthday present for a dear friend who loves wolves (I guess when you are into fantasy live role playing and go by the first name of Wolfgang this is "your animal" ;)

 ....and as there are some really cool wolf wood shapes in the Calico Craft Parts range I decided to use one of these on an Artist Trading Block with a square opening to make him a small desktop organizer to store his USB sticks or pencils in. (I have already done a wolf themed shadowbox with several awesome wolf wood shapes over HERE quite some time ago)

Calico Craft Parts used: 

- Artist Trading Block Cube Kit - Square Aperture- medium size
- Wolf Howling at Moon - Halloween Wood Corner
Winter Tree Scene MDF Wood Shape - Style 2
- Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Birds - Crows & Ravens

I first glued together the Artist Trading Block (with matte DecoArt Decou-Page, which dries really fast), then I primed the outsides of the block with DecoArt Americana Lamp Black acrylic paint. Once that had dried I used Americana Snow White acrylic paint to paint a rough circle in the spot where the moon was to go and to add splatters to all four sides.

I also used Lamp Black to add a base layer of acrylic paint to the other wood shapes I wanted to use. I cut the large tree scene wood shape into two pieces to use on two different sides. On the fourth side I used one of the ravens from the Mini Wood Shapes sheet. Once the black paint had dried, I dry brushed on layers of Snow White. Using a very fine detail brush I started painting the wolf's head.

Next I applied some DecoArt media Clear Crackle Glaze with a palette knife and set that to the side to let it dry naturally.

In the meantime I continued painting the trees, raven and wolf wood shapes with DecoArt premium paints Cobalt Teal Hue, Warm Grey, Titan Buff, Phtalo Green-Yellow and media fluid acrylics Raw Umber and Prussian Blue Hue.

 Once the Crackle Glaze had fully cured, I used DecoArt media Titanium White Antiquing Cream to highlight the cracks (as always: apply the Antiquing Cream, let set, then wipe back with a damp cloth until you are content with the look). It also turned the black areas where no Crackle Glaze had been added into a beautiful foggy grey.

To add more interest I applied sprinkles of paint using a splatter brush and premium Cobalt Teal Hue and media fluid acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and English Red Oxide. Once these had dried I finished that off with a very thin wash of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide to warm up the cold grey and white tones. I also added the wash to the painted wood shapes. 

To apply the painted wood shapes to the Artist Trading Block I used matte DecoArt Decou-Page.

The final step was to seal the whole project with some matte DecoArt Americana spray sealant (to keep the white Antiquing Cream from being activated again and/or coming off).

Et voilĂ  - my hand made birthday present! I hope you like the idea and leave inspired! 

Hugs and happy crafting!


  1. What a great idea for an organizer. Anyone who loves wolves is going to adore this. You have captured the dark, wild world beautifully, Claudia. xx

    1. Thank you, Julie Ann! Yes, Wolfgang liked it a lot actually ;)
      Claudia xx

  2. Great techniques and a unique and amazing project. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration x.

    1. Thank you very much, Mac Mable! You've made my day! xxx

  3. Beautifully dark and wolf wild!!! What a fabulous organiser Claudia x