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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tutorial Tuesdays: How to make a handsome Poe artist trading block by Leigh!

Howzit Creative Friends!
Welcome to today's Tutorial Tuesday segment! 

You all saw my altered wooden cube during the Poe Hop and today I'm going to show you how easy it is to make this handsome piece.  All of the digis featured today are now on FLASH SALE until midnight pacific tomorrow night...Feb 7th which is my birthday🎉

 I got this 3.5 inch unfinished wooden cube from Michaels and started off by base coating it black.  You can use regular acrylic paint, black gesso or Black Soot Distress Stain.  I'm a thrifty artist when it comes to my supplies so I only painted the outer edges that will be visible...nothing wrong with base coating the entire cube if you'd prefer!

I then distressed it with metallic silver acrylic paint to enhance the wood grain as well as any imperfections in the wood.  This is called Dry Brushing and its an old ceramic technique used to enhance the detail of a piece by applying paint to all the high areas only.  Just as the technique suggests, you do this with a very dry brush, ie: without using a lot of paint or water.

 Here's a look at some of my Dry Brushed ceramic pieces I did in the 90's.

I then sealed the painted areas with a coat of Delta CeramCoat matte varnish and while it dried I made the collaged panels in Photoshop CS6 using all the classic digis from my new Poe collection.

I applied Pumice Stone Distress Ink to age the panels and Black Soot to distress and darken the corners and edges too.

I then edged the panels with a metallic silver Promarker but I wanted a little bit more metallic shine and edged again with a DecoColor liquid silver paint pen.  So the panels have two levels of metallic silver going on, a wider duller silver and a narrow brighter silver.

 Mount each panel onto black cardstock and trim leaving a 1/8 inch border.

Adhere all the panels to the cube with your favourite glue and attach Tim's gorgeous Idea-ology Foundations feet with E6000 adhesive.

While the feet dried I painted a wooden ball black, dry brushed on the silver and then sealed it with a coat of matte varnish.  I then completed my cube by adhering the ball on the top as a finial and added the pewter metal corner pieces with E6000 adhesive.  I've had those decorative corners in my stash forever just waiting for the perfect project and this was it, I love how handsome and elegant it turned out!

Here's another look at the finished piece and you can see detail photos of each side on my Poe blog hop post HERE!

 Don't forget that all these digis are now on FLASH SALE until midnight pacific tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by to see my project today!  It's a hive of activity here preparing for my next big new release, I can't wait to show you all my new designs so don't go far😋

Happy Stamping!

1 comment:

  1. So super cool. I might try making something like this from card. I LUV those dinky little feet pieces :-D xxxxxxxxxxx


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