Wednesday, 13 November 2013

DecoArt ArtDeco

I love Angels and on seeing this image I was keen to use the image transfer technique I'd recently learnt on one of Andy Skinners workshops
Well here goes to my first tutorial, if anything isn’t clear or you have any questions please just ask :)

I started by applying two coats of DecoArt Gesso to a small wooden Box
Whilst drying I printed the Angel image in reverse, useful to mark the top on the front and reverse of the printout, you can view more of this technique on Andy Skinners brilliant Splash and Image transfer tutorial

Apply the Decoart Faux finish medium to the image and the substrate and allow to dry, then apply another layer to the image and substrate and press together. Burnish well and allow to dry for approximately one to two hours, once dry take a damp sponge and start to rub the paper away, best apply a little pressure in a gentle circular movement and the image will be revealed

I then applied the Decoart 2 part crackle, Step 1 was applied and left to dry completely, then apply Step 2 and allow to dry fully
Once the cracks appeared and were completely dry, I applied Carbon black and wiped back with a baby wipe and to get a really distress finish applied heavier on the edges and corners

The base of the external decoration was made up of Tim Holtz die cuts from all 3 sizes of the Angel Wings Die, overlaid along the sides and adhered with Glossy accents

I then moulded the Deco Angel wings with paper clay in a mould I had made from a decoration. These needed to be dried overnight and were then applied with glossy accents, again overlaying them with the height descending from the centre, with the access trimmed off

The entire box was then painted with black, whilst wet I curled the feathers around the perimeter of the lid

it was important not to apply too much adhesive too high on the wings as the lid wouldn't have opened!

Once dry I spritzed  the feathers with a spray made from DecoArt Metallic Lustre Silver Spark and Black Shimmer and water see link.... 
I love this product its such lovely quality, easy to apply and fantastic results

The Deco feathers were then highlighted by fingertip with Metallic Lustres Black Shimmer and Silver Spark which highlights the textures beautifully

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial



  1. This is just so beautiful Jools, such a unique design and thanks for the process steps.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  2. Fabulous tutorial and brilliant result Jools! Wow, I wished I could do a workshop with Andy once. I know he does his video ones, but I'm sure it's not quite the same..... Absolutely adore your angel box!

  3. Great tutorial, very clear and the result is stunning. I happened to watch this Andy Skinner tutorial on YouTube the other day and enjoyed it very much. Tried to get into one of his workshops but they were full in no time and I was too late, such a shame. Anyway, love your box !
    Corrie x

  4. Brilliant Jools. Very unique style (:o)

  5. Oh look - angels abound!! Amazing use of the wings to create that fabulous fringe, and the transfer looks beautiful.
    Alison xx

  6. Beautiful Jools. Lovely image and the addition of the wings is really cool. xx

  7. stunning box Jools and excellently executed as always :) xx

  8. A beautiful box, and a great tutorial.
    I love those wings!!!