Sunday, 29 September 2013

Welcome Jo Myhill Project #1 Hanging Board Grunge ....


"When Gillian and Leandra asked if I would like to be a guest designer for the autumn semester, to say you could knock me down with an autumn leaf would have been an understatement!  I love using PaperArtsy products, the finish of the paint; the versatility of the stamps and oh don’t get me started on Grunge Paste! If I was asked to describe my style I’d struggle but what I do know is I love tones of colour, texture, layers and using fabric; sometimes altogether, sometimes individually".



So here is my first offering, I hope you like it ......


I really like the Paper Mache Hanging Boards from PaperArtsy, they are a good solid base to work with, but I’d just like them a bit bigger! So I made them bigger by removing the string and sticking one large hanging chunky board and two small hanging chunky boards together on the edges using Glue and Seal (any good strong glue will do). I then reinforced the sticking with tissue tape over the joins and then all over the boards front and back and the sides.


Over this I put quite a few layers of Gesso as I didn’t want the tape showing through, I just needed it to strengthen the boards. I then mixed Chocolate Pudding, Little Black Dress and a little bit of Old Gold Fresco Paints to make a darker brown. Using Cut N Dry foam I put the paint mixture on in downward strokes over the board. You don’t want it perfect as you want different tones so vary the pressure you put on the foam as you keep adding layers. It gave a really good worn wood look.



With a really manky stiff dried up brush (I have loads because I’m really bad at cleaning my brushes!) add some light strokes ofSnowflake over the base. Again I wanted to create that weathered old piece of wood that’s been lying around ageing in the elements!



Whilst this dried I started on the plaques. Using some Smoothy Heavy Weight White Stamping Card from PaperArtsy I painted it with VeryBerry and Sherbert using Cut N Dry to apply. Starting with the Very Berry I put the paint on in a circular motion as if I was polishing (doesn’t happen very often on the dining room table but you get the idea). I then added Sherbert and kept adding layers until I was happy with the depth of colour and the shading.  I then sprayed the card with water and with some watered down French Roast adding a wash over the top. First I went down with the brush with vertical strokes and then whilst it was still wet lightly did horizontal strokes across to try eradicate brush strokes but leave pools of colour. Dried this and did the same with a watered down layer of Claret.



Using the Ink & The Dog Background Plate 6 I stamped in Claret, it didn’t matter that I missed some of the stamp with paint as I didn’t want an all over coverage. I then cut out the plaque using some really old PaperArtsy dies. 





I sanded both of them to create spots where the sandpaper removes the top layer of paper. Using Black Archival Ink I stamped the flourish from HP1005.Once this was dry I went round the edges in Black Soot Distress Ink. Going back to the hanging boards, I mixed Chocolate Pudding and French Roast and stamped randomly over the boards with the text stamp from HP1217
HP1005
 
I also added the splodge stamp from HP1105 in Black Archival Ink around the edge of the boards. I also added some Sapphire Treasure Gold to the edges of the plaque and lightly over the hanging boards just to tie in all the colours and let your brain home in and focus on certain elements of the design, I think it also adds some more texture and distress. I always like to edge my art so it draws the eye in and anchors it, otherwise I find my eyes don’t know where to focus and everything seems to slide off the page like a Dali picture! So to edge the boards and add some texture, I mixed some pinches of Stampendous Frantage in Chunky Black Embossing Enamel, Aged copper Embossing Enamel and Aged Scarlet Embossing Enamel and using an embossing pad along the edge melted the mixture in various places. Being so chunky it doesn’t melt evenly and you can get nice pockmarks of metal.



 Using Cut N Dry foam I painted an #5 sized tag on with Mocha Mousse, I left some bits unpainted as I wanted a really rough layer. Over this I added Irish Cream more in the places where there wasn’t Mocha Mousse. Gave it a good sand with a sanding block to bring back some of the base layer and just sort of even it all out.  I stamped the button stamp from HP1211 in Chocolate Pudding, once dry I sanded again to knock back the colour and added washes of Vintage Lace and finally Claret. I distressed the edges and adding Walnut Stain Distress Ink. 




For the hearts I painted some Grunge Paper with SherbetFresco Paint. I cut out three hearts using this PaperArtsy Die and then smeared on a thin layer of Grunge Paste, not all over as I wanted it really rough like flaking plaster. 



Once this was dry I watered down some Vintage Lace and splodged it over each heart letting it pool in places. Left it to dry naturally. I watered down someMocha Mousse and washed it quite heavily over the hearts and immediately dabbed off with a dry baby wipe (I tend to keep my used baby wipes to use in this way). Keep going with adding and dabbing until you get something you are happy with in terms of shabby distressed. Once the hearts were dry I stamped the heart stamp from HP1217 in Coffee Archival Ink and then sprinkled on Pepper embossing powder. As I dried the powder the grunge paper curled, it was a happy accident but I liked how the hearts curved to give some dimension. I edged the hearts with some watered downClaret that I used to wash over the tag.



The layers were beginning to look good, but it still needed something else from a texture point of view.  So I stamped the tape measure stamp in Black Versafine all over a sheet of Krunchy Wax Kraft Paper, heated it to seal it and then crunched it up. First into a ball and then into a sausage. 



Carefully unfolded it and cut out the strips and added them in places on the hanging boards under the plaques using Matte Medium. I didn’t want them to be too flat so Matte Medium works really well as long as you leave it alone to dry! Two of the strips I pleated and using Matte Medium attached to the tag.



I used a hot glue gun to stick everything down as I wanted to add some height with the layers. Finally I nailed in the corners of each board some black tacks and attached the knotted string using nails through the sides of the boards.



Well I hope you like my first design piece and it’s given you some ideas you can borrow and interpret yourself, can’t wait to see if you are inspired!


Join me again tomorrow night when I will be back with my second project of the week.

Leandra Says: I love your eye for composition and use of textures Jo. This debut GD project depicts your unique style perfectly. Great way to use the Paper Substrates. Fabby.

Gillian Says: J'Adore the amazing textures you have achieved on this project along with those gorgeous colour tones. The layered strips of KWP are brill. I know we are in for a fantastic week ahead, can't wait to see more of your unique style.




26 comments:

Miriam said...

Gorgeous. I love the colours. And the texture is fabulous! I need to try this soon!!!

Julie Ann Lee said...

I love the shape you achieved by sticking the boards together this way and the lovely grunge, aged look was so effective! I'm really looking forward to seeing your next project! Welcome! Julie Ann xx

isisimaginings.com said...

Oh emm gee, that is GORGEOUS. I love the painted boards, they look just like weathered wood & the hearts are fabulous. Love it!

Helen said...

Well you kept that quiet!! This is a gorgeous first project, and I just know the rest will be equally
amazing.

Darcy UK said...

FAB-U-LOUS! I would be chuffed to have that hanging up. Love it. So pleased that you have manky brushes too, I am dreadful at cleaning mine.

Jacqui Chimes said...

Really lovely Jo

Craftyfield said...

The weathered wood effect is fantastic! Lovely grunged up hanging.

Dawn Louise said...

Fabulous, love the effects you've made and all the texture created. x

Lin said...

Wow Jo this is brilliant!! All those lovely layers and the texture..perfect..all that detail..and I love the embossing finishes it off! great first project can't wait to see the rest!!

Kathi said...

Yikes! What a gorgeous piece. I love the depth and layers of color, patterns, and texture.

Thanks for the great instructions and tutorial!

ionabunny said...

This is gorgeous. Love the paint effects and textures and the whole look. Beautiful

butterfly said...

Fantastic grungy look - love the Frantage texture and the joined up boards - very cool!
Alison x

Julie Bell said...

I love every thing about this, I want one for my wall, congrats on the GD you make amazing things x

Sid said...

Beautiful creative piece of art, love the grungy look.

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Seth said...

Your background is sensational. I definitely would have thought it was actual wood!!

craftimamma said...

Fabulous first project Jo and I can't believe how well you kept this little secret yesterday when you popped in to see us all, lol!

Love all the texture and layers we have come to associate with your style and the way you offset the hanging boards to make a whole is great.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Clipping Path said...

Wow so fantastic textures and the weathered wood effect is fantastic!
Thanks for sharing with us !!

finnella03 said...

Lovely piece. You are so talented.

Yours Artfully said...

Great first project Jo, I love the texture.....just yummy.

Lin

Carol Q said...

love the shape you've created with the offset hanging boards.

Trish said...

love it!

massofhair said...

Great shape to work with and excellent instructions on how to achieve the look. Fab project :-)

Sarah Dunkley said...

Love this hunni! Great project! xx

Jules occasionally vintage said...

Stunning! All three of your projects are great. I really love your style :)

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow absolutely gorgeous. Your work is truly awesome :-) Kezzy xxx

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