Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Going to the Funkie Side

The new challenge is starting today at Frilly and Funkie and this time Kathy, our hostess is calling it Opposites Attract.  Here is what she has to say about it:

"For this challenge, the Frilly side of the team will be asked to create a project in Funkie Style, and the Funkie side of the team will create a Frilly style project. Dig deep and create any kind of project you choose, as long as it is not done in your usual style and color palette."

I saw a bunch of photos that Andy Skinner posted from the Ministry of Mixology retreat he recently held in England and was blown away by the projects made by the participants. I don't have any of the DecoArt Media line of products but that will be changing when I head to the US next month to visit a dear friend and she takes me shopping.  Sadly, I also don't have access to any of his classes but I was inspired to make my Funkie project for this challenge by some of the photos I saw.

Now, I had no idea how they made their project or what products they used so I just used the look as my starting point.  First I took an 8" x 10" flat canvas from the dollar store and gave it a coat of Gesso.  My husband cut a wooden frame for me on the laser cutter and I used it to draw a centre panel.  I painted the centre panel with Folk Art Pure Black Acrylic Paint, then added Folk Art Crackle Medium when it was dry.  Once the Crackle Medium was dry I added DecoArt Antique Gold Acrylic Paint and sat back and watched it crackle.

Then I marked off some sections on the outside of the centre panel and before I started painting I added a bit of texture using texture paste and some Wendy Vecchi's stencils - Checkmate, Dots and Stripes Borders and Polka Dotty.

I used Folk Art Terra Cotta, DecoArt Russet, Accent Village Green and Accent Chesapeake Blue Acrylic Paints to paint in the various sections leaving the pencil lines marking the sections exposed.  Once the paints were dry I used a fine brush to colour the lines with DecoArt Venetian Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint making sure that I wiggled the brush so the lines were not perfectly straight.  Next I dry brushed all over the sections with DecoArt Champagne Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint.

Next I added some stenciling with Picket Fence DI and a couple Tim Holtz Layering Stencils and a Plaid stencil.  I decided it needed to be dulled down so I took some Black Soot Distress Ink and a natural sea sponge and added random dabs all over being very, very careful to avoid my lovely white stenciling.

I covered the frame with texture paste, painted it with the Chesapeake Blue paint and a dry brushing of Champagne Gold and then a light inking of Black Soot DI.

I cut the heart by hand from a piece of heavy card stock and covered it with texture paste before I painted it with the Russet paint.  I wrapped it with some burlap string to which I added a Tim Holtz type token.  Finally I added some buttons that I picked up in the clearance section at Michaels.

This isn't the project that all the lucky people made when they spent the weekend with Andy but I like the way it turned out.

The following projects used to create this project came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Fabulous! I love the way you created the grid and the beautiful focal point!

  2. Oh wow, this is absolutely gorgeous!! The texture is amazing!! I love the details and the colors!! This is stunning!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Gorgeous, can't wait to see you in June.....
    I talked with Patti today, see you soon!!!!

  4. Wow Cec!!! You did a brilliant job, I actually thought you used one of Andy's (Tando) frames, I am so, so impressed. It is amazing, beautifully grungy and very, very clever. I love it !!

    I don't know if you are aware but Andy is teaching in Chicago on 22/23 October this year. I appreciate it is a long way for you but thought it worth a mention! He is definitely worth taking a class with.... Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Beautiful masterpiece Cec! ~jeni :)

  6. This is so deliciously "funkie" I super love the crackle effect you achieved, and the color palette is wonderful. I'm so glad your Funkie side came out to play, because you rocked this challenge!

  7. Wow, Cec, you have outdone yourself with this masterpiece! So clever, so grunge, so awesome! You really nailed this challenge!
    I am in love with this!
    Big hugs! Branka xx

  8. This is such a fabulous project Cec! I love all the different panels, each with a unique texture, design and colour...LOVE! Definitely funkie! hugs :)

  9. Your version of Andy's project is absolutely wonderful Cec! Most definitely funkie and fabulous with all that paintwork and stencilling xx

  10. Perfectly funkie!! LOVE this grungy, crackle heart. Hugs Ruth xx

  11. This is amazingly awesome sauce! Wonderful colors and those textures are gobsmackingly wowzers! An absolute delight to see you go to the funkie (grunge) side! That crackle heart is fantabulous! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki


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