Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mixed Media May-hem with DecoArt Media

Hi all! Hope your week is off to a great start. Today I'm sharing my project for this month's Eileen Hull Art with Heart Challenge. This month we'll all be sharing creations we've made with DecoArt's Media paint line. I received a huge box of these paints, sprays, and texture products last year and have been having a blast with them!

I decided to alter Eileen's birdhouse and try my hand at a Finnabair-esque patina. My friend, Cyndi, had discovered this video a few weeks ago and inspired me give this technique a try. I have to say, I totally had a blast with this and can't wait to experiment some more! Here is how my piece came together:

Begin by cutting a birdhouse from medium weight chipboard using Eileen Hull's Birdhouse die.

To create a shadowbox, cut out the face of the birdhouse as shown. Assemble birdhouse and adhere various bits of torn paper.

Next, scrape DecoArt Media Crackle Paste and Texture Sand Paste randomly over the entire piece. Let dry completely.

When the texture mediums are dry, begin gluing various bits and pieces onto the birdhouse.

Cover entire piece with white gesso (I forgot to take a pic of this step!). When dry, spritz the embellished areas with Carbon Black Mister. Immediately spray with water, and dab off, leaving the black spray to highlight the texture.

When the black spray is dry, spritz birdhouse with various colors, as desired. I was trying to get a rusty verdigris look, so I used orange, yellow, and turquoise. Both the yellow and turquoise are shimmer mists, so you get wonderful depth of color with them.

When the piece is completely dry, highlight areas with gold rub on paint. Cut out a photo from one of Tim Holtz's Photobooth cards, add a Small Talk sticker and adhere inside box. Attach the bottom and you're done!

I love how aged and worn this looks, but it only took me a couple hours for this entire project - my kind of art!

I think this side might be my favorite. I love the vibrant yellow/orange on the crackle paste contrasted with the blue/green on the rest of the side. I used a hole punch to punch circles from lightweight chipboard for the 'nails'. All the other bits and pieces are various Tim Holtz, Prima, and other findings.

I hope you enjoyed the results of my DecoArt playtime! The birdhouse die is a bit hard to find, but I did track it down at Blue Moon Scrapbooking. The rest of the supplies I used can be found at Simon Says Stamp and Amazon.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my DecoArt mixed media project. I'm really excited by these products and can't wait to play more with them. Speaking of playing, we hope you can join us for this month's Art with Heart challenge over at Eileen's blog. You can find out all the details here.

Have a great week!


  1. Gorgeous creation once again Shelly! Will be checking out that technique video too. Thanks!

  2. Gorgeous Shelly, adore the colours and texture, so eye catching. Tracy x

  3. This is such a stunning creation, Shelly!
    You did an amazing job with the DecoArt paints and your favourite side is mine too! Delicious texture everywhere and the colour scheme is just so capturing! Wow! An utterly fab project!

    Claudia x

  4. So cool Shelly! Crushing on the texture and how quickly it all came together. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love what you did to this bird house. The extra front frame takes it to a new level of art. Your verdigris is just the perfect combo of colors. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. That is so cool looking. You nailed the patina!

  7. That is gorgeous Shelly, wonderful texture and love how you achieved the look of rust and peeling paint!

  8. How fantabulously cool is this!! I just adore it, one of the best altered birdhouses I have ever seen xx

  9. WOWIE! Shelly--This is an amazing altered birdhouse!! Just AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing your steps!! XOXO-Shari

  10. Shelly,

    finnabair will be very proud of you and what you ended up with ! :)
    The texture and colors are gorgeous... I would love to take it in my hands, feel it, savor the colors;..

    Totally my cup of tea too !!
    thanks for sharing
    greetings from belgium

  11. Shelly this is AWESOME. Gosh what a lot of fantastic work you did. All the layers, the colors, the various metal embellishment. This is just so much Finnabar, grungy, steampunk. I love all of these styles.
    Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous work. Hugs to you.. Monica.... Spain

  12. Love this, Shelly. Your work always blows me out of the water!

  13. Shelly as always your art is out of this world!!!


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