• Hannah Oxberry

Tutorial: Boxed Heart

Create a spectacular piece of wall art using this Box Frame kit from Tando Creative, designed by Andy Skinner, and painted with a range of techniques using DecoArt products.

List of products used;

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Prussian Blue Hue

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Oxide

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Raw Sienna

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cadmium Red Hue

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Primary Magenta

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Pyrole Orange

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold

DecoArt Dimensional Effect Paintable Texture Paste

DecoArt Media Crackle Paste White

DecoArt Americana Weathered Wood

DecoArt Decoupage Glue

Get your frame kit here

The kit contains the box frame parts, the back plate, washer embellishments along with a central heart motif.

Step One

Firstly assemble the box frame, glue the sides together and press in to place.

Paint the whole box in Prussian Blue Hue, and a layer of Weathered Wood.

Set to one side to fully dry.

Step Two

On to the MDF heart, included within the kit, build a thick layer of DecoArt Dimensional Effects Paste. Work the paste into a more dense, raised area to the centre of the heart.

Let the heart dry fully.

Step Three

Paint the box backboard in a layer of Metallic Gold and, using a palette knife, coat with a layer of white Crackle Paste.

Remember; thicker areas of paste will result in larger cracks, while thinner layers will produce finer cracks.

Step Four

Select embellishments to add decoration to the box frame, I have used a variety of cogs available from Tando Creative, along with some of the washers included with the kit.

Build up washes of Paynes Grey to create your first layer of the rust technique.

Step Five

Repeat the wash technique used in Step Four using Yellow Oxide and Raw Sienna.

Also coat all the embellishments in a wash of Metallic Silver to give a true metal effect.

Step Six

Create the final layer of the rust technique by applying a wash of Quinacridone Gold, again building this up in random areas until you are using the paint neat.

Step Seven

Using another Tando Creative element, Industrial Wings, create a background on which the heart can sit.

Step Eight

Next up paint the heart using a range of colour tones to create depth and colour blends.

Dry brush the whole heart using a very small amount of Metallic Gold.

Step Nine

Assemble the backplate, industrial wings and the heart to create the centre piece of the box frame.

Step Eleven

Once the Weathered Wood applied to the box frame is dry, paint the frame with a layer of Titan Buff. It will begin to crack and react to create a distressed look. Distress the frame further by using a baby wipe to rub away the top layers, revealing the deep Prussian Blue Hue underneath.

Finally assemble the back plate of the box frame and add the embellishments around the frame to finish.

Happy Crafting x x x

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