DecoArt Leave Ordinary Behind Mixed Media Wall Art

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by DecoArt Design Team

DecoArt Leave Ordinary Behind Mixed Media Wall Art

Make wall art with cardstock and paint!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:3 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include drying time for neither the paint nor the decoupage.
    Download and print project template before starting. If you use a different craft surface than what is indicated in the supplies, you may need to adjust the size of the template.)
  • 2
    Sand surface smooth and wipe clean. Use large art or cosmetic sponge to seal surface with Multi-Purpose Sealer and allow to dry. Using same sponge, basecoat surface Warm White.
  • 3
    Following manufacturer's instructions, use small art or cosmetic sponge to decoupage a 2 inch strip of melange tissue across the scallops at the bottom of the plaque (or across the bottom of plaque if using flat surface).
  • 4
    Tear a ragged edge at the bottom edge of the Primary Red cardstock. Place the torn edge about 1-1/2 inch from the bottom of the plaque to the top. Trim excess cardstock. Following instructions, decoupage in place.
  • 5
    Use a sanding pad and sanding kit to “sand” off the excess paper around all the edges. (Tip: this will result in a clean crisp edge.)
  • 6
    When dry, use a palette knife to start scraping color onto the background. Pick up a small amount of Warm White and scrape up and down with a vertical stroke. These will be random and not solid. This will mute the design and add interest.
  • 7
    Next, pick up Hauser Light Green and scrape with a vertical stroke, starting at the bottom of the torn paper and halfway up the right side. This does not need to be precise, solid or even.
  • 8
    While still wet, pick up some Hauser Dark Green and scrape into the Hauser Light Green areas. Do not overblend as this is to add layers of color.
  • 9
    Work on the sky area next. Load palette knife with Bahama Blue and scrape vertically in the middle and towards the right side. This does not need to cover the entire sky area, just the indication will be sufficient. Lighten the Bahama Blue with Warm White (50:50) and scrape in sky area. Again, do not cover solid or overblend.
  • 10
    Back to the Green area, pick up Citron Green and scrape highlights. Allow some of this color to go up the right side and sparingly into the sky area.
  • 11
    To add more color, use index finger to rub Autumn Red at the top, down left side and a little on the top right side.
  • 12
    Add more Autumn Red at the top left and immediately spray with water, using the mini mister. Allow the drips to run down the left side. Repeat as needed.
  • 13
    When dry, repeat with Warm White.
  • 14
    Using a small art or cosmetic sponge, apply Warm White to the back of the bubble wrap cling stamp. Stamp design randomly in the background at the top left, down left side, bottom left, middle right side and top right side. Position the stamp at angles and use only portions of the stamp. (Tip: partial imprints are perfect for this project.)
  • 15
    Using the template, cut petals and leaves out of the Green Bean cardstock. Position and decoupage following manufacturer’s instructions.
  • 16
    Using a cotton tip swab, outline petals with Warm White. This will be more of a highlight than an outline.
  • 17
    When dry, load 0 liner with Slate Grey and outline petals, flower center, stem and leaves following template.
  • 18
    Load same brush with thinned Citron Green and paint a wave line down the stem. Use stylus or pencil to dip Citron Green dots down stem and on leaves.
  • 19
    Dip Autumn Red dots on flower center with stylus or pencil.
  • 20
    Basecoat the paper doily with a coat of Warm White.
  • 21
    Following instructions, decoupage a portion of the doily to the top left and bottom right.
  • 22
    To add the scroll designs, apply Slate Grey to the back of the fall tendril/flourish/scroll cling stamp. Stamp portions of the tendril/flourish/scroll onto the top left, bottom right and middle right of plaque.
  • 23
    Stamp desired saying onto canvas paper and trim around edges. Use cotton tip swab to apply Hauser Light Green around edge of rectangle. Highlight edges with Citron Green.
  • 24
    When dry, decoupage into place and outline with Slate Grey.
  • 25
    If needed, use finger to apply layers of color around the outer edge, Citron Green, Bahama Blue, Autumn Red as needed.
  • 26
    Use a large art or cosmetic sponge to apply several light layers of decoupage, allowing appropriate drying time between coats.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:3 hours

Project Supplies

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Autumn Red 104549545 (2)
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Hauser Dark Green 104106599 (2)
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Hauser Light Green 104106597 (2)
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Citron Green 104106652 (2)
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Bahama Blue 104521661 (2)
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Slate Grey 104106682 (2)
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Warm White 104106653
  • DecoArt Multi-Purpose Sealer 2 oz. 104114025 (2)
  • Decoupage with a Matte Finish (about 4 oz.)
  • Walnut Hollow Rustic Scalloped Signboard 104830753 or Other Flat Surface Suitable for Painting
  • Nicole™ Crafts Cardstock 12 inch x 12 inch Primary Red 104059224
  • Nicole™ Crafts Cardstock 12 inch x 12 inch Green Bean 104059212
  • Melange Tissue Paper
  • Canvas Paper
  • Wilton Doilies 4 inch White 30 pc. 104103790
  • Stamp with Desired saying
  • Stamp with Desired Bubble Wrap Pattern
  • Stamp with Desired Tendril/Flourish/Scroll Pattern
  • Sandpaper
  • Sanding Pad
  • Precision File Set
  • Cotton Tip Swab
  • Water Container
  • Paper Towels
  • Large Art or Cosmetic Sponge
  • Small Art or Cosmetic Sponge
  • Nicole™ Crafts Palette & Knife Set 5 pc. 104576912
  • Princeton Artist Brush Co. Brush Select Synthetic Liner 0 104464143
  • Ranger Mini Mister Bottle 3 pc. 104100604
  • Scissors
  • Stylus or Pencil
Download Project Template