This is on Fabriano cold press watercolor paper. I applied layers of Folk Art Paint in yellow/gold, burgundy and rust. After stamping xoxo with chalk ink, I stenciled the xo pattern with black paint. All these applications were done with a small sponge roller - the same type you find in the paint section of your local hardware or home improvement store.
Next I prepared the large XO by printing the letters on tissue paper using metallic copper paint. It dried quickly & I "painted" tear lines with water around the letters. (You can control your tears by applying water with a damp brush.) After brushing Golden Matte Soft Gel to the surface, I applied the tissue X & O. When dry, DecoArt One Step Crackle was added to the surface. Several hours later I decided to add more contrast by drawing around the large X & O with a black Stabilo pencil. Next I blurred the line and set the pencil with fluid acrylic medium.
To take down the shine, I added a layer of matte medium to the entire piece.
I used a set of large craft foam letters to stamp the X & O. I picked them up in the children's craft section at Hobby Lobby.
Wonderful--and THANK YOU for sharing the process!
This is great Regina! I especially like the black stenciling-it has such depth.
Regina - you know I love your XOXOs, AND that you are keeping a crusade journal ;) Fun that you used two sizes of the letters for this lesson in scale. Fab!
Wow, what great photos of your piece and so many layers. Thanks for sharing the techniques too, I really love the effect.
Great texture and colour.
Wow cool -- it would be great to start a journal just for the crusade work. It's been so fun for me seeing all the participant blogs. Thanks for sharing!! Happy creations from germany, tj
First photo is really nice to see : I love this detailed close-up !
greetings from belgium
Great texture! I love it.
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