Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Hello everyone!  Happy NOVEMBER! 

Have you heard that Katy Leitch has a new online magazine?  It's called Mixed Up Magazine:  A Digital Craft Magazine With A Mixed Media Twist.  
HERE is her Facebook Page.  You really need to check it out!  It's interactive fun featuring various artists, products and submissions from all sorts of mixed media artists like you and I.

I was honored when Katy asked me to create a piece using DecoArt's Media Liquid Glass for her magazine.  I went for the obvious by creating a sweet vintage "glass" window scene on a 6"x6" canvas.

In this piece, I used DecoArt's Liquid Glass as a glue, a sealer (mosaic tiles), to create a faux porcelain rose effect and to create an old vintage thick glass effect (window panes).

So simple to do but with fantastic results! 

Please check out Katy's new Mixed Up Magazine online!  Mixed Up Magazine's November 2016, Issue 2 is now on sale!  Go HERE to check it out and get your subscription!  If mixed media fascinates you, then you will love this magazine full of fabulous articles and ideas from some amazing talent!

I'd love to take you through the step by step in creating this sweet little piece.  So grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy the pictorial tutorial!

I began with a scrap piece of chipboard approximately 8"x 10".  Using DecoArt's Media Matte Medium, I generously brushed the Matte Medium on the surface of the chipboard and covered it with old dictionary pages.  Then I brushed another layer of Matte Medium over the pages to seal them.  Let air dry or gently heat set.

When dry, I added a layer of DecoArt Media white Gesso over the top of the dictionary pages using a baby wipe.  Let air dry or gently heat set.  This step adds some texture to the chipboard and also adds "tooth" for any product that may be layered on top of this.

My next layer was applied a big brush but anything can be used to provide another layer of texture.  I used DecoArt Media's Crackle Paint.  It is a thicker substance that when dry, creates a wonderful crackle effect to the surface.  It goes on white and dries white.  Let this product air dry to let the crackle effect naturally form on the surface.

Next I began adding my color to the surface of the layered chipboard using a combination of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue and Titan Buff.  I applied the paint to the surface using a baby wipe.  Let air dry or gently heat set.

I absolutely LOVE DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide.  It is a transparent paint but it's effects are HUGE!  It gives a soft warm hue to any surface.  It instantly provides that feeling of age and weathering.  Because I wanted this to be a vintage piece, I applied the Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide to the surface using a baby wipe and let it air dry.  You apply such a small amount that it takes no time for it to dry. I laid the chipboard to the side and began working on the 6"x6" canvas.

I covered the sides of the canvas exactly as I had done when covering the chipboard; beginning with DecoArt's Media Matte Medium followed by Gesso then Crackle Paint (dry between each layer).

I used the same DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint colors on the sides of the canvas: a combination of Cobalt Teal Hue and Titan Buff.  Then I wiped a layer of DecoArt Media Raw Umber Antiquing Cream over the crackled, painted surface.  You can let the Antiquing Cream dry completely and then wipe away with a damp cloth or baby wipe or you can wipe away the cream immediately after adding it; depending on the weathered look you want to achieve.  I totally LOVE DecoArt's Antiquing Cream as it really does give beautiful weathered effects that I can completely control!

Next I found the center of the canvas and measured where my window would be centered on the canvas.  I penciled in those lines so that I would know how long to cut my chipboard into strips to create a weathered wood lap siding on my canvas.
This picture emphases the crackled, weathered look on the sides of the canvas but you can also see the penciled outline of where the window will be on the top of the canvas.

Next I cut the chipboard into strips 3/4" wide.  For either side of the window, I cut the strips into 1 1/2" lengths.  I began at the bottom of the canvas and laid a 3/4" x 5 3/4" strip completely across the bottom of the canvas.  To secure the strip in place, I used double sided ScorTape.  Beginning with the next layer, I began stacking the "lap siding" pieces.  I cut the strips into 1 1/2" lengths and added a piece of 1/4" Scor Tape to the top of each piece.  Then I measured 1/2" up from the edge of the previous strip and stuck the layered strip in place.  I continued to do that up both sides of the window; making sure that each side matched going across what would be the window in the center.  
Once I got above the window opening, I laid two more full strips of 3/4" x 5 3/4" across the top of the canvas.  

This is now what the canvas looked like.  You can clearly see the opening where the window will be placed.

Using plain Grungeboard, I die cut Tim Holtz' Window and one of his Pediments pieces.  I actually die cut two of the window boxes and top pediment pieces to add more dimension to the piece.  I glued the window box and pediment pieces together and let them dry.

If the "lap siding" is old and weathered then the window needs to be old and weathered as well, right?  I removed the lower vertical piece of Grungeboard, separating the window panes.  That way, it looks like the window is open. I covered the three window pieces with DecoArt Media Crackle Paint and let it air dry. You can already see the beautiful crackle effect before I do anything else to the window.  

I first wiped on a layer of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff to give the basic window a soft, off white color.  Then I added the Antiquing Cream over all of the window pieces and wiped off the excess.  Here is my result and I LOVE it!  I did not glue the pieces together yet as I now had LOTS to do to the basic frame of the window before putting it together!

I used a piece of scrap cardstock and created a background to go behind my window.  I used a combination of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Primary Magenta, Titanium White to create a soft pinkish color.  I then applied Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide to soften, age and warm up the color.

Next I applied Scor Tape to the underside of the window frame; preparing it to add the Liquid Glass to create old 1800s thick glass to the panes.

Next I laid the window frame onto a piece of wax paper and filled the two window panes with DecoArt Liquid Glass.  It comes out with a thick milky consistency but self levels and dries clear.  Let air dry. Once the Liquid Glass was dry, I could remove the wax paper backing and reveal a very old looking "window".
(You can also just dab the Liquid Glass onto a surface in the shape of a round ball or whatever.  It will dry clear and leave what looks like water droplets.)

While the window glass panes were drying, I also added Liquid Glass on top of some little paper flowers.  Again, the Liquid Glass does on white but dries clear.  These little milky looking flowers will look like porcelain roses once the Liquid Glass dries!  A very cool and simple look to achieve!  Let air dry.

While the roses and the window panes were drying, I cut a little piece of vintage lace to use as a valance hanging in my window.  It was a fairly dark brown lace and did not show up well behind the window.  So, I touched DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titanium White paint all over the lace with my finger.  I love how it brings out the design and texture of the lace!

Now it was time to start assembling the window!  See the old vintage "glass" in the window panes?!?!  LOVE IT!!

Using another piece of Scor Tape, I stuck the lace valance in place on the window.  (This is the backside of the lace, so it does not have the Titanium White paint on it).

Next I added some moss type stuff I had laying around to the backside of the window boxes using the Scor Tape.

Next I glued the moss and porcelain roses in place at the bottom of the window frame.  Then I applied small double sided adhesive pop dots to the bottom and also the top of the window frame.  These pop dots will hold the window box and the upper pediment in place but giving them dimension.

To add just a bit more detail to the upper pediment, I found a couple of little bronze colored metal pieces.  I covered them first with Titan Buff followed by touches of Cobalt Teal Hue and then I also added touches of Titan Buff mixed with Primary Magenta on the heart.  Once dry, I glued them together and glued them to the center of the upper window pediment carefully using DecoArt Media Liquid Glass as a glue.  It dries clear but it also dries glossy so be careful not to add any more Liquid Glass than necessary to adhere something.

Here is a more detailed look at the upper pediment, the old "glass" and the valance underneath.  I adore the crackled effect of the frame!

Now to add the sweet little vintage girl...I sized her to fit the opening in my window and printed her out on a sheet of semi gloss photo paper.  Rather than colorizing her, I wanted to leave her black and white with just a touch of a sepia tone to "age" the photograph.  Yet another reason why I love DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide!  I simply mixed a little of the paint with water and lightly touched a makeup sponge in the mixture and then dabbed it onto the black and white photograph.  You can see what even a tiny amount of the Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide adds between these two photographs.

Next I cut out the little girl, inked her edges in black and glued her in place in the window.  Isn't she just so sweet?  Actually when I saw her, she inspired the sentiment for this piece, "When you wish upon a star."

I found two bronze colored keys in my stash that I decided to use on either side of my window.  But I did not like the bronze color.  No problem!  I simply altered the color of the keys by touching them with my finger and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold Paint.  Then I simply glued a key on either side of the window using the Liquid Glass as a glue again and let them dry.

I created the sentiment on my computer, selected a font I liked, sized it to fit across the top of the canvas and printed it out on a piece of regular copy paper.  I glued the words on top of a piece of scrap black chipboard and let them dry.  Once dry, I cut them out and placed them on top of the canvas.  I glued them in place.  I began lining the outside edges of the words with DecoArt Liquid Glass and then worked my way into the center of each word. 

 This is what the sentiment looked like at this stage.  You'd probably be thinking, "Oh no! I just ruined my whole piece!" But no ... you have not!  What you have done is create what will look like little mosaic tiles once they dry clear.  Keep watching!

And ... just like magic!  When dry, here is the sentiment!  All glassy looking and the perfect finishing touch for this sweet little canvas.

Here is a closeup photograph of the faux porcelain roses.

Here is a close up photograph of the old vintage "glass" in the window panes.

And once again....here is a picture of the entire canvas.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and learned something you didn't already know about a product, a new technique or a different way of using a product.  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out Mixed Up Magazine!


  1. Oooooh, Candy! This is so wonderfully vintage and nostalgic. The finishes are amazing. You made shiplap! Stop it! So incredible. The colors, the layers, every perfect little detail just makes my heart sing! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. You are so generous to share these wonderful techniques with us. Thank you for starting my morning with a dose of inspiration! Big hugs!!!

  2. Katie definitely chose the right person for the Liquid Glass demo Candy. You did FABULOUSLY. What SPLENDIDLY ENCHANTING creativity. It just couldn't be any more PERFECT and your step by step tutorial is INCREDIBLE. Thanks bunches for such a DREAMY design. Xj.

  3. I saw this in the magazine yesterday Candy and have been drooling over it! I absolutely adore it and your crackle finish is just stunning. Gorgeous design and makes me want to get that die out again! Thank you for such wonderful inspiration! Jennie x

  4. Candy, I think this is my new favorite piece that you have created! Every detail is so amazing! I absolutely LOVE that precious vintage girl! The entire canvas is genius - love how you created the vintage windows and that wonderful aged siding! Gorgeous!

  5. I agree with Joi, Katie definitely asked the right person - this project is A-Maz-ing. Your tutorial, as always, is brilliant - I love the way you decorated the pediment over the window, the lace 'curtain' is beautiful and I love the image of the little girl - but the way you have used the Liquid Glass for the window panes is ... well, wow! You are such an inspiration Candy! I do subscribe to the magazine, Katie does an incredible job on it! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. What a gorgeous project, Candy! So many amazing details. Love it!

  7. Absolutely a favorite! LOVE every detail, the girl, the window, the curtains, the siding, the keys...everything. PINNED!!! I need to go subscribe!

  8. Candy,
    you are a star!as is this beautiful canvas!!
    Wow, so enchanting and oh so clever the way you created it!
    someday,Candy, we are gonna play art together! I just know it!
    huge hugs,Jackie


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