Friday, 7 May 2021

Marine plaque by Liling Payne

Hello Everyone

First of all, thanks to Louse Crosbie for the invitation to be a Guest Design Team member for May.  We were fellow DT members of another craft blog so it’s been a privilege to learn from all the talented crafters out there.

This has been my first foray into mixed media and a bit of a learning curve, but thanks to You Tube and Pinterest, I was able to find inspiration to help me choose what I wanted to make from the amazing range of products and themes that Calico Craft Parts sells.

I love oceons, sea life and the colours of the seas and oceons so I decided to choose ocean themed  products:

Helen, the owner, included an extra plaque with my order so I decided to use that as the base for today’s project. 

So first of all I decided to prepare the oval plaque and the craft parts with white gesso. 


I gathered a selection of ink pads and paints I thought would suit the project focusing mainly on aquatic themed colours.

I stamped the seahorse with some of the inks starting with where I thought the shadows would be so darker shades on the head and tail. I sprinkled water to activate the distress inks so it gave a nice mottled look to the sea horse. I then used the darker brown distress ink to draw some markings on the element then I used some bronze coloured modelling paste to highlight some areas and give a metallic sheen, then I added some sparkle with a glitter based products. This also helped give the shell a nice glossy effect (which, sadly does not show up in the photos). I also covered the base in various shades of green and blue mica spray, then added texture with some mesh fabric I had as well as muslin. I then played around with the different gesso, pastes and sprays until I got the look I wanted on the base, however it did end up very blue and green so that’s why I did some of the embellishments in paler colours and glimmer/glacier paste. I also laid some bubble wrap over the base to give me some more texture which I thought I could then use embellishment drops or glossy accents to highlight the bubbles.


Once all my elements were painted, covered, embellished, I laid them out on my board to decide on placement. To try knock some the blue back, I found a piece of burlap which I left natural to give me some dimension and then lightened the base below the burlap and added more gesso for texture before deciding how to place all my pieces. I played around with layout, took photos each time until I found the layout I wanted.

So here is how I decided to place everything which I then glued down.

think I’ll probably use this as a wall hanging as the plaque had holes in the top which have been covered by the gesso and pastes, but to showcase it for the blog, I found some ocean themed papers in my stash which I felt co-ordinated well.

So I hope you like my first ever mixed media project.  Thank you to Louise and Calico Craft Parts for giving me the opportunity to try the products and design something as a complete beginner and novice and hopefully this will inspire other beginners to mixed media to just jump in and find your theme then be creative.

Happy Crafting 



Supply list:

Seaweed style 12

Coral style 1

seaweed style 7



sheet of mini shells

oval plaque