Thursday, 26 October 2017



Hallo Everyone!

Another fine day for
planning a project or
even making one.....

I came across an article
in an arty mag about
Icons and was attracted
by their strong colours
and images, which
inspired me to approach
the Design Team.........

Craftyfield was the first
to take on the challenge
and here she is:

When I think Diptychs or Triptychs I am 
reminded of Byzantine icons, painted on
 wood, with rich colours and a lot of gold...

I set out to emulate these icons, 
minus the religious connotations, in this project.

 First I prepared the wood with a light
 sanding and 2 coats of Gesso.

 I stamped an "old" image on the left
 and a contemporary image on the right, 
maybe these 2 are from the same family
 across the ages...

The right side has been sanded smoother
 for a less aged look.

 I used acrylic paints to colour the images.

I applied a coat of red acrylic paint (DecoArt)
 and some gilding wax through a stencil 
for the outside of the diptych.

 Next I applied some crackle paint on 
both front and back panels, although 
for some reason there wasn't a lot of 
crackle this side (the red side). 
Maybe I spent to long going back
 and forth with the brush?

I followed this with a raw umber glaze
 to show up the cracks, buffing with a 
dry cloth before the glaze had time 
to dry on top of the crackle layer.

This gives an aged look effortlessly.

I applied Treasure gold all around the panels,
 front and back and finished by stamping 
and embossing in gold a quote 
(also from HP1008). 

The wood wasn't smooth enough for a
 perfect stamping but since I was
 making an old icon I figured the writing
 might have rubbed off."

Thank you Craftyfield, a
great start to this week's
theme.  I love those rich,
bold colours too.....

Of course, if you felt like a
change of stamps, take a
look here or here

I think those hinged frames
would lend themselves to
this treatment too ..........

Hmmm, that's got me thinking
Haha!  Watch out world!!

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx


  1. I love this project, a beautiful combination of stamp sets (they match perfeclty!), stenciling, crackle and paints. Gorgeous icon!! xx

  2. A lovely project. Thank you for sharing it with us at Creative Artiste but as it isn't back linked to the challenge it won't be considered in our vote x


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