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Deco Days something a little different
Posted Jul 29, 2015


I have been in the process of redecorating my bedroom and I was looking for something to complete this little vinette on the dresser. Sooooo,  as I started getting ideas, I thought I would use my deco art products and create a step by step of this little cutie.


This was sitting in the garage…. I always pick up things at garage sales or thrift stores that have the makings of cuteness with a little help. This is a metal frame with great detail…. but it needed a little grunge and some silver to fit into my decor.


 I didn’t take a pic of the first step (brain fart) but with a rag, I put a layer of metallic lustre silver on first and then with a clean rag I wiped on a layer of Media fluid acrylic Quin Gold let that dry and went over that with Burnt umber.


I then put a layer of deep brown wax.


I needed just a little bit more silver to come through so I added a final coat of Metallic Lustre.


Then I sealed it with a varnish.


Taking an old book page I traced around the glass that was in the frame.


and using a Deco art alphabet stencil, carbon black paint and a makeup sponge I spelled out Joy


Using a charcoal pencil I wrote choose and everyday and then with black pastel aged the sides of the book page and inserted in into the frame and put the backing on.

deco-days-7-29-15-10It works perfectly with my gold and silver accessories and my black and tan color palette!

Here are the supplies used:

Book page, make up sponge and carbon black fluid acrylic.

Have fun creating ….. be inspired….. You are loved!

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Posted Jul 29, 2015
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Hello there! I’m Shawn Petite

I’ve been teaching and creating for well over 25 years. About 15 years ago I found my art soul mate in mixed media, and it changed my life! I love the story that can be told by combining paint, texture, ink, paper and—really anything that you can imagine.

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