Shabby Chic Mixed Media Home Decor

Hi All,

Sumedha here! Today I am on the blog to create a shabby chic mixed media home decor with limited supplies. As we all are in a lock down situation, we may not have lot of supplies so I wanted to create something with whatever supplies that are easily available with me keeping the 4×4 inch stencil theme  in mind for the Blog Challenge this month.

1. I have taken an old chipboard piece which was there in my stash and  have put a base layer of Gesso. Since we are working on a mixed media piece, we will be using multiple mediums. For that it is important that we prime our surface so that it can absorb the mediums that we will be using for the background.

2. Once the Gesso was dry, I applied crackle paste with the help of popsicle stick, you can use a palette knife too) randomly on the base and around the edges to give texture to the piece. The areas that look whiter than the rest is where I have applied the crackle paste. I let the crackle paste dry naturally (it gives better cracks when dried naturally ).

3.  The next step is to use different colours/shades to highlight the background. You can use alcohol sprays/ diluted chalk paints etc. for it . However here I have used distress oxides in Picked raspberry, Fossilized amber and Walnut stain. I have swooshed the pads on a plastic sheet and with the help of brush diluted them a little bit and have used it around the edges and on the portion where I had used crackle paste to highlight the cracks.

4. I have kept little areas in white as you can see in the image below .

5.  I have  used  Decorative Window die cut from the store as my focal point. I have used heavy chipboard (900 gsm) to cut the window and colored it with unbleached titanium acrylic paint. I have taken two pieces of the window die cuts to add dimension to the piece.

6. I have now stamped my base using archival ink and some scripts stamp from my stash. I also added some more texture on the side by using 4×4 inch stencil ‘Dual Mandala’ and Mont Marte modelling paste. I highlighted the high points with Picked raspberry and Walnut stain distress oxides.

7. I also made some handmade flowers using  flower dies from  decorative window thin cut dies and Florentia dies and pink mulberry paper and Dream Cut machine from the store.

8. These are how my handmade flowers look. I have added some diluted Picked raspberry and Fossilized amber distress oxide inks to shade some of the flowers.

9. I have taken some chipboard shapes (these are from the old release, you can choose chip boards shapes of your choice , i have given links to similar chipboards to the ones I used here) and applied white chalk paint to them. Then I have coloured the branch and bird chipboard with burnt sienna, green (for leaves), red for the birds and pink acrylic colors for flowers. I have also colored the lamppost with burnt sienna and yellow acrylic colors (for lights).

10. I have cut some bricks from the remaining chipboard and colored them with burnt sienna again. Now is the time to assemble all the elements of my home decor piece. I have taken an old lace and colored it with Midnight blue and Pink punch Alcohol Splash and put it beneath my window and dry brushed the high points of lace with white chalk paint. I have used a lace trim from my stash at the bottom on the piece and laid the flower arrangement on top of it. I have also used leaves from the Florentia die to assemble the flowers around the window. I have also used some flowers from Little Birdie Birds and Berries collection to give that extra pop to my piece. I have handwritten the sentiment and distressed the edges with Walnut stain distress ink.

Some close up shots.


List of Supplies:

1 Camlin Gesso

2 Crackle paste

3 Distress oxides- picked raspberry, fossilized amber and walnut stain

4 Decorative window and Florentia thin cut dies

5. 4×4 – Dual mandala stencil

6. Chipboards- birds and branches and lamppost.

7. Flowers- Birds and Berries collection

8. acrylic paints-  burnt sienna, unbleached titanium, red, green

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