Hi everyone, Nikki here with this month's project tutorial. I thought I would share how I created my project for our current Neutrals challenge but also re-created it in different colours too!
Here is the original:
The base of these projects is an 8inch square piece of MDF - on top of which I have added 4 coaster size altered pieces of greyboard (each 4 inches square).
Although it may not be obvious the coasters were done in pairs, with slight differences between them.
Apologies - I realise the text on the above image is not clear! My first step was to paint the surfaces - 2 in black and 2 in an off white colour. Onto these I then added crackle paste through my selected stencil. I went for a pebble effect but anything should work. Once dry I added Deco Art Antiquing Cream - I added white on the black coasters and black on the paler ones. I wiped away until I was happy and left to dry.
I sealed each surface with matt medium so I could add more paint without the antiquing cream moving, and added watery washes of black and metallic paint to add tonal differences.
The blue version was an identical process just using varying tones of blues.
The hearts were die cut from heavyweight card stock and the creases burnished to make this easier later.
I painted the surface with Silver paint and once dry created a resist using hair wax - adding in patches so as not to cover the entire surface. I then added black paint over the surface and allowed to dry naturally, so as not to melt the wax, before wiping away the black paint.
Next I created a watery wash of black paint and covered the surface before sprinkling salt over the surface. Leave to dry and then rub off excess salt.
I didnt add the salt on the blue version but sanded the edges carefully and emphasised with more silver paint.
For both I layered the heart on some altered circles / cogs and added flowers and a word chip.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget our Neutrals Challenge runs until 2nd May and we would love to see your designs. Sandy is here next week with our monthly card making tutorial.
See you soon!