Secrets by Carolyn


Hello, I am back for another Design Team Members Featured Tuesday Make. For this project my starting point was on old weathered piece of wood found in my garden, a plaque given to me by Denise to use and a “photo”. The shape of the piece of wood lent itself perfectly as a frame, so I chose a sticker from the Finnabair Vintage Photobooth sticker book to use as my photo.

First I covered the plaque in two coats of white gesso. It was not quite enough to hide the red, for my third layer of gesso I used a palette knife to spread the gesso thickly across the plaque which also gives extra texture. I also added in places crackle paint. I let everything dry overnight.

For my composition I used embellishments and cabochons from I Love Mixed Media, resin pieces, art stones, bits of chipboard, lace, and paper flowers, then covered with white gesso. For my colour I chose Metallique paints in Brass Hardware and Plum Preserves and Metallique wax Aged Brass.

To finish I added a word from Finnabair Sentiments Sticker Book. I left the original tag on as a reminder as to what the base was originally.

Products from I Love Mixed Media:

  • White gesso
  • Crackle paint
  • I Love Mixed Media embellishments
  • I Love Mixed Media cabochons
  • Resin flowers from Finnabair Flower Queen mould
  • White Casting Resin
  • Metallique paint – Brass Hardware
  • Metallique paint – Plum Preserves
  • Metallique wax – Aged Brass
  • Finnabair Vintage Photobooth sticker book
  • Finnabair Sentiments sticker book
  • Art Stones (Hobballs)

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About the Author


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Hi, I’m Carolyn, a mother of 2 grown up girls. I have crafted in some form or other since I was a little girl and began my mixed media journey back in 2012. I love rust, the colour teal and finding bits of ‘treasure’ to use in my collage projects.

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