Sunday, 5 January 2014

Decorated Pencil Pot

This stunning pencil pot was Decorated by Sue Tedeschi using Jo Sonja Paints, Mediums and Napkins. It's surprisingly easy to achieve, and I think you'll agree that the results are stunning!
Materials required:
Sponges/ soft brush
Start by preparing the background colour for the pencil pot. You can buy the background colours ready mixed or you can make your own colour using the white as your base and adding small amounts of the artist colours to achieve the desired effect.
Mix the paint with APS ratio 2:1 and apply to the wood. The APS helps give a better cover to the wood without soaking too far into it. You can apply the paint with either a sponge or a brush. Leave to dry.

Once dry apply a coat of Décor Crackle to the area that you would like cracked. Load your brush well with the medium and let it flow off of the brush. DO NOT WORK THE CRACKLE MEDIUM TOO MUCH. It must flow off of the brush and leave a good layer where required. You get bigger and better cracks if the medium is a thicker layer but if you work the medium too much it with not activate. You can accelerate the drying time with a hairdryer.
Once the medium is dry you can apply a contrasting top coat of paint, do not over work the paint, as if you over work it you may hamper the cracking process.
When choosing your top coat colour, please be aware that the crackle will not work if a metallic paint is used (ie Gold) or a iridescent/pearl paint.
You will get a different crackle effect according to how you apply the top paint. A sponge will give you a random crackle, a brush will give you a bark effect.
This will give you a fine crackle effect. If you would like the effect to be more drastic apply a layer of Crackle Medium and allow to dry.

Next separate the tissues into the fine layers. Tear the tissue to give you the patterns that you wish to use. A torn edge makes it easier to blend the pieces together.
Apply the torn tissue to the pencil pot using the All Purpose Medium. Lay the tissue flat where you would like it to be. Load the brush well with the medium and, with soft strokes, apply the medium to the tissue - working from the centre of the piece outwards. Ensure that plenty of medium is applied. If the tissue seems to be tearing it usually means that not enough medium is being used.

If you want to varnish your piece, make sure you leave it for at least a couple of weeks in case you re activate the crackle medium and it cracks your varnish.

It's that easy! Please do not hesitate to pop in and see us or give us a call if you would like further advise or information. Sue runs regular workshops if you would like to join us for some painting fun!
Thanks for popping by


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