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Monday 13 April 2015

foray into foamboard

Well this piece is hugely inspired by the talent that is Andy Skinner , some playtime and some foamboard...wow what cool stuff that is ! This piece was created a while ago and has benn patiently awaiting blogging ...so here it is :

I got so carried away that I am afraid there are no step x step photos! I used some mdf for the base but after seeing Andy Skinner's demos from CHA had to try foam board and see what it was like so the raised pieces top and bottom are foamboard...love how it takes the layers of paints and gives great dimension. i made various embossed and crackled pieces and plenty of rusty gears as well as crackling a wooden heart and using various decoart paints and products to create this piece .

I love the look of the embossed panel with various painty techniques and then the antiquing cream and matte sealer... think that is my favourite piece of this whole piece...

I loved how well the wooden heart was altered with simple layers of products to create something that was more pleasing, well to my eye at least!

I even used the  paints to antique up some shiny screw like embellishments and tone them into this project. There were plenty of painty layers on the foam board too...

Well hope you like my dabbling playtime, still plenty more to learn and play with but I think I am fairly happy with the results for start!

So that's it for today, hopefully with internet issues remedied I will be round to catch up on some long overdue blog visits really soon .x

keep those fingers inky and painty!
trace x 


  1. What a wonderful foray into layers & layers of mystery! I do love that heart :-) shame you're so far away as I'd love to see this IRL.

    Driving the length of the country next mon/Tuesday but over the other side!


  2. Stunning Trace and who would think it all started with foam board! Love this dimensional piece!!

  3. Absolutely incredible Trace!! You really put the paints to work here and what an amazing result you got! Love the heart, the texture is amazing and your wire wrapped around is such a fabulous touch! So many wonderful textures, I am loving this piece!!! hugs :)

  4. Totally love this, Trace! The crackle on the heart is gorgeous and love the rustic vibe! Hugs!

  5. beautiful make Trace - not tried foam board yet! Looks amazing - love the crackled heart especially! Hugs rachel x

  6. Trace you should be more than happy - your creations are clearly showing how much you are enjoying using deco art products n Andy Skinners inspiration ! Another Fantastic piece full of all the things that appeal to me !

  7. Love, love, love this Trace. I remember Andy's piece - I really love the colours you have used on yours! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Stunning project and love the look of the foam board - bought s few bits of deco-art today to have a play xx GailT xx

  9. WOW...this is different for you! TOTALLY LOVE the color, the grunge, the transformation of the foam board! Gorgeous...and love the Skinner guy!!!

  10. Stunning layers and textures here Trace. The foam board looks amazing and really adds to this beautiful make. The heart really pops too.
    Have a lovely weekend
    Annie x

  11. What a great project Trace! love all the texture and depth - great colors - the wire wrapped crackled heart is lovely against that embossed background! How fun to play with new media! Julia xx

  12. Fabulous grungy project, Trace - love how you've layered up the foamboard elements, and all the painty effects. Isn't Andy a genius?!
    Alison xx


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