Last but by no means least in our trends series is a contribution we’re thrilled to share from the wonderfully talented Audrey Underwood. Though she has a trademark style that is all her own, she does showcase stunningly some of the mixed media trends that are so dominant in the art world at the moment.
Audrey has altered one of the 7Gypsies Photo Display Stands in this amazingly detailed project. All of the inside pages started off as one of the 7 Gypsies Journal Pages – Antiquarian. She trimmed off a tiny strip of each side so it fit into the 7 Gypsies 5”x7” Vertical Refills.
Audrey writes: As you may have noticed so far, my main supply would be a bottle of soft white/cream paint. I use a dry brush technique to apply a dusty coat of paint to whatever I want to give a softer or wash look, or to dull down a pattern paper. I love my sand paper and use an old blunt craft knife to get a lot of the effects.
I first got my inspiration from the founder of the furnishing and decorating style of Rachel Ashton Shabby Chic, with some vintage thrown in.
Audrey also shares with us her dry brush technique that she uses on a lot of her pieces:
Take a dry brush (no water) and dip it lightly into the paint colour desired. Brush excess paint off onto some scrap paper, until there is only a faint amount of colour on the paper. Now lightly brush over the surface of your piece. I always say it is a little like applying some blush to your cheeks with a blush brush, start off lightly and then go heavier as you desire. You don’t want full coverage; you still want to be able to see the base colour also. You can always go back and add more paint later when you are used to the technique. If you are a little nervous try it on the back of your piece or on scraps first.}
To paint the metal pieces I just use normal acrylic paint, I use about 3 to 4 coats and add heat with the heat gun in-between coats to set it. I only recommend this for pieces that are not going to be knocked or touched often.
Thanks so much Audrey for agreeing to create for us.