Friday 27 June 2014

Looking Glass For Stampendous And DecoArt


Morning everyone. Today is the final day of our amazing blog hop across the world. There has been some wonderful inspiration from hugely talented artists and I feel very proud to be amongst them. Here are the final words from Stampendous our blog hop hosts:

The excitement continues as conclude our grand tour of amazing artists playing with Stampendous, DecoArt, and Princeton Artist Brushes via inspired by Willow Wolfe products! The inspiration has been amazing, and today you'll be even more astonished!

If you missed the beginning of our journey, be sure to go back and check it out! MONDAY - TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY - THURSDAY

This week we've shown you how to use Stampendous Rubber Stamps to transfer a terrific pattern for painting. Did you know you can sell your projects made with our images? As long as you hand stamp each one, you can sell as many as you like of any kind of project anywhere you want. You can find our detailed Angel Policy on our website.

What's in it for you: 

  • Stampendous will choose three blog posts from all the designer posts this week and then choose a winner from each to receive a prize package - Princeton Artist Brushes, through Willow Wolfe, is sending a Select 3750 Brush Set and a Catalyst Wedge, and we'll be adding a Stampendous Creative Palette so you can use all the new techniques you'll learn here this week.  (America and Canada only)
  • Bonus goodies are on offer for some lucky people who SHARE our Facebook posts and Pinterest Pins.
  • For International commenters: DecoArt has agreed to mail out three fab Media Paint sample packages to international bloggers as well. YAY! 
  • Don't forget you also have the chance to own this amazing piece of art produced by Andy Skinner - you can only do that if you leave a comment on EACH blog post though!
Stunning isn't it? It could be yours. . . . . . 

To take part all you have to do is:

  • Visit each blog and leave a comment
  • Like Stampendous, DecoArt, Princeton Artist Brushes, and inspired by Willow Wolfe on Facebook!
  • Repin our projects onto your Pinterest boards and tag us when you do (#Stampendous, #DecoArt, #PrincetonArtistBrushes, #byWillowWolfe) we'll be tracking!
  • We've also got a Pinterest Board started!
  • You have until the end of Sunday, June 29 PDT to comment on all the blog posts.

The Official Rules -  Please read!

Here's my final piece using Stampendous and DecoArt products. Again, I hope you like it!

I had great difficulty photographing this piece. Trying to avoid getting myself in the picture was the first thing and trying to get the light correct was another! I took it in the garden where there was at least a reasonably attractive reflection in the mirror - my garden!

I got a plain white mirror from Ikea and removed the mirror part whilst I worked on the frame. It was sanded, given two layers of DecoArt gesso and sanded again. Some textured grunge board was die cut and placed in position. Another coat of gesso followed to seal the grunge board.

One of the Stampendous stencils was used to apply DecoArt Media modelling paste in several areas on the frame. This was left to air dry.
Two colours of DecoArt Media acrylic are applied to give a base coat.
Some washi tape was added followed by fairly random application of the colours shown.
Some areas were brushed with a dark colour to give them depth.
A wash was applied to the textured areas and left to dry. 
Layers of colour were then gradually built up - too many to show or mention.
Once I was happy with the layers, some DecoArt Interference paint was used to highlight the same areas. this is not the finished look shown!
The Stampendous Music Terms stamp was used to randomly add stamped paint to the frame.
Another two Stampendous stamps were combined on an acrylic block and stamped in paint onto the frame. This was treated with DecoArt crackle glaze, antiquing cream and then buffed with a cloth. You can see the stamped script here and the washi tape.
The die cut grunge board was painted with two colours of DecoArt Media Interference paint which gives a rich almost pearlised look without being overpowering. You can see here how the wash applied to the stencilled paste gives a great range and depth of tones. This section was also crackled.

The small green circles were stamped with a paintbrush protector and the same colour acrylic as the stamping. More crackle glaze applied followed by antiquing cream.

Well that's my last post for Stampendous and DecoArt and I like to say a very big thank you to all those who made this blog hop possible and to all  the other wonderful artists who took part - particularly my DecoArt International Design team friends!

Your turn now - lets get hopping and enjoy the work of these wonderful artists!

Louise Crosbie (Scotland, UK)

Lea Kimmel (North Carolina, USA)

Claudia Neubacher (Vienna, Austria)

Asia King (Oxford, UK)

Iliane de Fockert (Elly) (Niedersachsen, Germany)

Suzanne Czosek (Illinois, USA)

Julia Stratford-Wright (Suffolk, UK)

Kristine Reynolds (California, USA)

Angelica Stark (Hudiksvall, Sweden)

Mark Gould (West Sussex, UK)

Debbie Cole (California, USA)

Jamie Martin (Oklahoma, USA)

Tobi Crawford (BC, Canada)

Wendy Price (New Jersey, USA)

Jessa Plant (Arizona, USA)

A few of the bloggers this week are new to hopping, so if you have an issue with any of the links, here's a little tip! If you get a page that says "Sorry that Page is not here" or something similar, try clicking on the header of the blog, or look for something that says Home. The hop page should be near the top of the day's posts. We will fix broken links as the day goes on, as well, so check back here if you are really lost.


  1. Fantastic, Julia - amazing layers of colour and the textures over the Frameworks and those little crackly bubbles are just magical - what a wonderful week of inspiration!
    Alison xx

  2. This is SO cool! I love all the texture and your choice of colors. What a transformation!

  3. this is beautiful. It looks like an antique piece of door. The "window" is great. I thought you could see through it but you said it was a mirror. That would make it a great piece of hang by the door so you could check yourself as you go out. Thanks for sharing this week.

  4. I am amazed at the beautiful art shown on this blog hop. It's been so fun and a pleasure to see all the fine work. Your mirror is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for all the details on it's creation. Your garden reflected in the mirror looks pretty amazing, too!

  5. My first thought when I scrolled down and saw this was, OH. Just, OH! I had to sit and look at it for a few minutes to gather my thoughts and be able to put a sentence together. I really LOVE this. Something about it just makes my heart happy.
    Your garden is also quite stunning. I can only hope that mine looks half as good as yours! Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of art with me!

  6. This is gorgeous! I love everything about it! The crackle glaze was perfect to complete the look!

  7. WOW I can't wait to try this! never done altered art but I like how yours turned out. Thanks, -con

  8. Fabulous textures Julia and a great finished effect around the mirror. Is that your new house and garden reflected in the mirror? Looks gorgeous too. xx

  9. I've not tried this technique but I love how the texture looks and bet it feels amazing

  10. Thank you so much for sharing your work this week. It's truly amazing, and being shown how some of the effects are achieved has given me a bit more confidence to have a go x

  11. A gorgeous make Julia! A real pleasure to look in and at :-)
    Hugs, Alie

  12. Great textures and colours. Stunning project! Erin xx

  13. I love the grungy wood effect you've achieved. Anyone would be proud to hang this piece of altered art in their home. Beautiful

  14. awesome piece- and I adore all that yummy texture with the elements!!

  15. Very, Very, Very cool and loving the cracks, lovely. xx

  16. So many techniques and colours on this and they work together so well. Thanks for all your sharings this week - I've really enjoyed them :o)

  17. Love the textures and colors you used. It turned out very cool!

  18. Wotking with the inner and outher frames , making this project with layers, beautiful.

  19. I love this so much- gorgeous !!! Thank you also for using my Stampendous Signature Stamps- it is always the best seeing them used on such amazing projects! have a great day, Nat

  20. Creative! Looks like some Andy Skinner influence here, right? :) Thankj you!

  21. I so love texture! This is a wonderful idea! Can't wait to give this a try!

  22. Your frame is divine and your garden looks great too :) All the layering that you did really shows and gives real depth to the piece. It's beautiful.

  23. This is absolutely WOW! And your photography is fantastic as well! Love what you've done with all the detail and texture, and that color is just yummy. Your team is all so good at that "layering" color thing. We've learned so much from reading about your projects. Thanks so much for being a part of this hop and sharing your talent with us all this week!

  24. WOW, I love this. The colors and theo use of the die cuts are great.

  25. This is my favorite of your projects this week! I'm going to have to give it a try.

  26. The larger pictures really do this justice Julia, Its all in the details, the embossing and crackle look brilliant. x

  27. I do not like, I LOVE it!!!! Amazing texture, I love how you have combined some paste and grunge board so beautifully coated with many layers of paints. Colours and design are just wonderful! Coco xx

  28. wow, That is awesome and if you could weather proof it it would be an awesome garden decor. Love it!!

  29. Beautiful! Just love the textured grunge board and all of the various textured elements
    The colours ask so rich and the interference just adds another dimensions

    Jools x

  30. A beautiful all the details that went into it...your garden looks lovely, too!!

  31. Very cool--I like the hexagons.

  32. Oh this is a treasure love it thanks for sharing...

  33. Awesome job! Love the look of the crackle and all of the different stamping that you did. Beautiful job! I would love to try something like this! We will see, ha! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  34. Wonderful! love the textures, color and a great finished effect around the mirror TFS.

  35. Your project is so cool! I love the colors and texture. Thank you for the great tutorial. I can't wait to give this a try.


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Juliax