Saturday 19 April 2014

Corrugated metal

so awhile back i created this tag
and thought how great would this look on large scale.  So i ordered 24"x12" cardstock and started folding, alot of folding
but it was worth it

 i folded cardstock into corrugated paper then painted with distress paint to look like eroded metal.

once i prep the canvas (cheese cloth and gesso) added the old gas pump image transfer.  My color printer prints up to 12"x19" and since i ordered large cardstock i don't have to print as many panels which makes piecing the image back together much easy.

 once corrugated cardstock is painted and dry i ripped and added to canvas to frame the gas pumps.  i glued on the corrugated but also added metal brads for another dimension.  from there the rest was easy, added espresso brown to exposed canvas and blended into corrugated and image transfer.  Added highlights of rusted metal metallic paint and black around the edges.

highlighted the words by dry brushing white over the letters.  wanted them to be visible but not to bright or they would overtake the canvas

look how you also get shadows created from the corrugated cardstock since i didn't attach edges again another dimension.

TEXTURE AND DIMENSION- my goal with every canvas.

Wednesday 16 April 2014

layering chipboard

i have had an idea a couple of years ago for chipboard with intricate design and layers to add dimension, then when i started experimenting with distress paint the idea took root again.  I have always loved chipboard but distress ink soaked in too much and you didn't get a true color, arcylic paint was to thick and so on.  BUT! distress paint was perfect- holds it color and is thin and easy to apply to chipboard and paint intricate designs.  So a couple of months ago i started turning my ideas into designs, finally i can get chipboard designs that i haven't been able to find- by that i mean steampunk and vintage!!!!

 I painted the base layer with peacock distress ink, and the top two pieces with white distress ink.  It takes a couple coats of white to get a white white not a gray white.

On the base layer there are score lines to separate between pump, hose and gas pump body.  Use the score lines as guides to paint details of design.  Here the base is peacock, barn red for pump with accents of silver, and black for the hose.  Once dry, sand and ink with vintage photo distress ink.  The distress paint resists distress ink so it only colors where distress paint has been sanded off.  I wipe off with a wet paper towel to remove excess distress ink sitting on the top of distress paint.  The finished look has a super cool vintage feel.

the details for the sale is super small so i used a fine point black maker, plus since they are sanded and inked it doesn't need to be perfect

sanded and inked

 top of gas pump painted within score lines
sand and inked
the more you sand the more distressed and antiqued it looks.

finished gas pump assembled.  Detail and Dimension LOVE LOVE.