Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Playing with DecoArt Media Paints

A couple months ago, DecoArt contacted me to ask if I'd like to try some of their new Media line of paints. I may or may not have screamed, "YES!" at my computer (I'm pretty sure I did). I have been stalking admiring Andy Skinner's work for awhile now and have been dying to try out some of his techniques. After watching a video of him demoing his rust technique at CHA, I knew it was time to pull out those paints and get messy!

Even though I didn't have the quinacridone gold that Andy used for the rust, I made do by mixing burnt umber and a transparent gold paint to try to come close to his effect. I used chipboard as my base and also for the blue panels. Since I didn't have the stamps he used, I used a similar stamp from Tim Holtz for the rust texture. For the scratches, I used my craft pick and made real ones, highlighting them with Walnut Stain Distress ink.

This was just a quick afternoon of play time in my studio, so I didn't really plan anything out, choosing to pretty much copy his basic design and then add what was lying around on my desk. The Eiffel Tower is from Karen Burniston's new Eiffel Tower Pop Stand collection and was cut from foil covered cardstock and then antiqued with black paint. I love this die! It can be perfectly grungy or perfectly pretty.

The products I used can be found at Elizabeth Craft Designs, Amazon, and Inspiration Emporium. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - at IE to save 10%!

Thanks so much for stopping by today - enjoy the rest of your week!


  1. Very cool! Looks like these new Media paints are going to be a must have.

  2. Oh my word, this is amazing Shelly! I just love those fabulous textures and metal effects! Going to have to give these techniques a go! Love it! until next time, big hugs :)

  3. I too got that amazing box full of loot, but haven't had time or the know how to try. I need to find that video. Thanks so much for the inspiration as well...this is gorgeous!

  4. Beauitful- can't wait to get some of those new paints and stamps- Question on the nail heads- I saw his video on youtube- but wasn't sure if the material he used for the nailheads was chipboard? I saw he punched it with a punch.

    1. Cheryl, to me it looked like painted cardstock, which is what I used. I feel like his are a bit thicker looking though, so I'm wondering if it was thin chipboard. I think that's what I'll try next!

  5. Shelly...this is amazing. I really love what you have created here!!

  6. Looks incredible - and very rusty!

  7. You really have done Andy proud Shelly, your creation is just fabulous! Anne x


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