Wednesday 29 May 2013

Darcy Wilkinson #4 House Of Books Part 1....

"Here is my final project for this month. I will be showing you half today and half tomorrow.
I originally planned to go with a blue/cream vintage look. I started to paint the blue and then
changed my mind... typical huh! Why don't the brainstorms come 'before' you start painting". 

So I had to gesso the whole house before I could begin again.
I then painted on Hey Pesto..Smoked Paprika..London Bus..Zesty Zing & Limelight.
I made sure to use the Hey Pesto on all the inside joins and outside edges.

Next I added a layer of Crackle Glaze and then a layer of Snowflake. Once the crackling was dry I sanded some away to reveal the original colours a bit more.

Now to decorate the sides. I coloured some grunge paste with Pumpkin Soup and Smoked Paprika, then pushed it through a Crafters Workshop flower stencil. I created a group of sunflowers. I added a little depth to them with some mixed browns. Finally adding a little Treasure Gold in White Fire just to add a little sheen to the flower heads.

I drew the leaves and stems in place and coloured those with Aquamarkers.
Next I used Mini 48 to create a fence and painted it with Cinnamon, Brown Shed and French Roast
. I blended some Hey Pesto and Limelight on a small piece of card and stamped on the grass from JOFY10.

On the other side, I started out the same by making the sunflowers, fence and grass.
Then I made a bird house. I stamped Squiggly Ink Mini 26 onto card, cut it out and used the hole left behind as a stencil. 

I pushed grunge paste into the stencil and lightly stamped it with the criss cross border stamp from JOFY10. Once dry I painted it with Cinnamon, Brown Shed, French Roast and Haystack.

I blended some Beach Hut, Mermaid and Guacamole onto card and stamped the birds from Squiggly Ink Mini 26. I cut these out and added them to the birdhouse and fence. I decided they needed to be shiny so added glossy accents to each bird.

Now for the roof.
I took some pieces of corrugated card, ripped not cut. I painted them with Brown Shed, London Bus, Smoked Paprika. Once dry I lightly dry brushed them with Stone.

Before glueing the panels on I added a 'chimney'. I curled some heavy wire using pliers. I then cut 2 hearts, painted them with Beach Hut and Mermaid. I added dots with London Bus. Once dry I added glossy accents to each heart. Then I glued them back to back, trapping the end of the curled wire between the hearts. Then I trapped the other end of the wired under the roof panels.

Now to make some wallpaper.
I took 4 sheets of A3 cartridge paper, no particular brand, and I created some painted patterned paper. Often people are scared by such a large white space. The best way to get past this is to scribble words onto the paper.

Step 1: scribble words, you could use any. I scribbled the names of all the fresco paints.
Step 2: Randomly spray some inks, any that you have.
Step 3: Stencilling. I used 3 stencils. I wouldn't go too crazy, better to repeat 3 stencils than to use 7 or 8 different ones. I used several Fresco Paints for the stencilling.
Step 4: Stamping. I used HPXT01
and HP1008.
Step 5: I used a scraper/old credit card to scrape Snowflake randomly and in a thin layer over parts of the page.

Step 6: More stamping. Mini 23 and 72 

Step 7: I then added doodling around some of the stencilled shapes. I just used a regular black Bic ballpoint pen, no need for fancy journalling pens here. I also used a spray can lid dipped in fresco paint to add circles.

Here are some close ups, I just love this crazy paper.

If you want some more inspiration on doodling and creating papers then check out the Doodle Queen Traci BautistaI used 2 of the sheets as wallpaper inside the house. I left 2 of the boxes unpapered, and just painted them with Hey Pesto.

In the 2 green spaces I wanted to add some drawers. I measured each space, and decided to make 2 for the upper space and 3 for the lower space. I 'wallpapered' the inside of the drawers, and the front panel. I also added white heart brads as handles.

Here is the house complete with its drawers.

That's it for today. I will be back tomorrow to show you how I used all those spaces and drawers. I have a cool door and some funky books to show you

Leandra Says: Basically, I just want you to come and wallpaper MY house with that stuff! Which room shall we do first?? Downstairs loo could do with a bit of that!!! It's superb Darcy!

Gillian Says: Love the funky doodled paper, so many designs to look at on the background, but they all work perfectly together. Another awesome project Darcy.

No doubt Darcy has not only blown you away yet again If there are some ideas within this that you might like to try; making wallpaper, a heart on a squiggled wire, drawers for a niche...then please feel free to join in and share with us all your creativity here, just link up from any web page. We'd love to see what you've been up to as a result!


PaperArtsy said...

Darcy, chuck some of those wallpaper scrap my way will ya???? Cheers xx

Helen said...

O.M.G.... when you've done Leandra's loo can you come here please.... what FABULOUS ideas you have. I'd love to live inside your head for a week... Can't wait for the second chapter....

Jay said...

that is so wicked looking!

Lin said...

Well Darcy you have out done yourself..this is just fantastic..that wallpaper is's one of those pieces that you spot something different every time you take a look at it!! Can't wait for tomorrow!!

Carol Q said...

wonder if I'd be able to get away with wallpapering my house like that? lol. fabulous fun creation Darcy - looking forward to the second half tomorrow.

Michelle Webb said...

Darcy, I know what is coming next, and it's totally awesome! I can't wait. You are truly amazing! Michelle x

Gina said...

How on earth am I supposed to get anything done around here with all the unbelievably awesome projects to think about!!! Superb work yet again Darcy!!! :D XXX

Netrix said...

Gorgeous. Loving all the texture. Thanks for sharing

Minxy said...

Another absolute corker.. she's on a roll! Bravo xoxo

Anonymous said...

Good grief, that is astonishingly gorgeous. LOVE the wallpaper. And the little birds are so cute. Amazeballs. Can't wait to see tomorrow's post.

Unknown said...

Totally Fab! This has really inspired me! I got one ages ago & haven't used it yet... Got a daughter with a 13th birthday coming up! Present sorted! xxx

Tee McNeil Art said...

omg that's so very cool. You do the most amazing stuff ever

sam21ski said...

Fantastic walls Darcy, this is awesome, can't wait to see what you fill it all with tomorrow

Sam xxx

Trish said...

Amazing again! I can't wait for part 2 tomorrow

Julie S said...

What a fun project!

Claudine said...


Anonymous said...

Wow Darcy ! Love it all, the wallpaper, the crackle, the roof and not forgetting the little drawers ! Looking forward to part 2 !Sue C x

Rebecca said...

OMG love it I started one last week I might have to add some drawers now LOL look forward to tomorrow
Happy craftin

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DarcieGlam said...

Wow, so yummy- where do I start? The paper is fabulous and I love the hearts - this is such a great idea!

The Hardy Stamper said...

I love your house Darcy! Can I live there please? Looking forward to seeing what you fill it with tomorrow.

Traceyr said...

Fab-U-Lous that wallpaper is a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing it.


Seasidecaroline said...

That is sooo cute, love it

APG Jamie said...



Words and Pictures said...

Woomph... what a stunner - this has been the most amazingly inspirational week!!
Alison x

Gina said...

Awesome, Darcy! I can't wait to see the rest!

Anonymous said...

Darcy just so cool!!!! I love the brightness and all the details and texture! Susan Ribbons

Kezzy said...

WOW WOW WOW I love it, awesome and amazing, I love how you rubbed back the crackle to that awesome effect and the background papers you have made, wow I so need to have a go :-) Kezzy xxx

Luvcreatincards said...

Ohhhh my goodness me this is absolutely amazing - I love love love the handmade background doodled papers. There is sooooo much gorgeous detail and the added embellishments are awesome. Would love to try this darling project. The half term hols are here next week so I'm earmarking some time to try this one out myself.
What an amazing artist.