Sunday, 15 February 2015

50 SHADES of GREY


...hearts are wild creatures, that's why our ribs are cages...


...hello peeps...well, you may of heard that an adaptation of a certain book/trilogy hit the big screens this weekend and so I thought I'd give you my take on 50 Shades of Grey...


...if you'd like to re-create a similar look here is a simple step-by-step guide...
...I already had some chunky blocks coated in Gesso for future projects...


...next up the paint, I love a flat matt finish so DecoArts Chalky Finish was my choice... 


...one all over coat of Everlasting & dry brushed random swipes of Carbon... 


...50/50 mixture of black Modeling Paste & white Crackle Paste...this was then spread over DecoArts Distressed Harlequin Stencil...


...a nice spreadable texture which does not seep under the stencil...


...this was repeated on all sides of the block and dried with the aid of a heat tool...


...I brushed some Everlasting paint over the block to reveal the cracks and wiped back with paper towel...then the random spritzing of Shimmer Mist in white and Carbon Black...


...this looks scary but don't worry, roll paper towel back and forth over the surface, the paint merges together beautifully...then the entire block was coated in One Step Crackle and left to dry over night (don't use a heat tool on this product or it will blister & bubble and not give the desired effect)...once completely dry the magic begins...I mixed 50/50 paint in Vintage and Carbon and using a stubby brush, pushed the paint into the tiny crackles and immediately wiped back with paper towel...


...this was repeated over the whole block...then I added a heart from the Spellbinders collection...


...no need for any priming, the Chalky Finish Paint adheres beautifully to the metal, Everlasting was dabbed on with the stubby brush for movement...


...then some Fluid Acrylic in Silver...when dry the heart was covered in One Step Crackle and left to dry...


...the left over paint combo from earlier was again pushed into all the tiny fissures to reveal the luscious little crackles, when dry the heart and the entire block were then given a coating of Ultra Matt Varnish (I love this stuff!!)...

...the heart was attached to the block with sticky foam tape and secured more firmly with black jute twine...some finishing touches in the form of Tim Holtz Ideaology (the feet, faucet knob & identity tag)...


...some over all piccys...







...a few little additions, a Spellbinders Heart filled with glitter chips and covered in Liquid Glass and some keys given the Iron Texture_Fierro treatment...


...well that's my 50 Shades of Grey...I hope you like...

...these products can give great texture and dimension to your projects, I hope you have fun experimenting...

XXX

All paints and mediums are by DecoArt





















13 comments:

  1. That was a great tutorial Mel. You are very talented xx

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  2. This is FABULOUS!!! LOVE every side, and your step out photos too!

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  3. Terrific project with wonderful textures

    Love Chrissie

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  4. Such a lovely project with lots of perfect texture! Well done!

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  5. I think I prefer your version of 50 Shades of Grey! This is a stunning creation!

    That's a great tip about the one-step crackle, now I know where I have been going wrong. Hugs, Anne x

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  6. Fabulous! Love all that gorgeous crackle and beautiful colours and elegant project
    Great tutorial

    Jools x

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  7. WONDERFUL tutorial, the harlequin stencil looks amazing and i much prefer your 50 shades to the film or book lol :-) xxx

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  8. Lovely take on 50 shades, and great techniques, thanks

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  9. Wonderful shades of grey with fabulous crackle and texture. Would far rather sit and look at this than the book or the film - beautiful work!
    Alison xx

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  10. a beautiful piece, full of softness and your delicate touch x

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  11. Gorgeous work Mel, Love your take on 50 shades of Grey... Love all the texture....Hugs May x x

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...thankyou so much for taking the time to drop by my blog...I hope you like what you see...warm wishes...Mel :)