I received 6 children’s building blocks for the Upcycle Challenge set by Lynne for The Altered Element DT. The previous artwork using the blocks can be viewed in the posts:- Bird Brain, Time To Move Forward and Sirens. Lynne, thank you for the challenge I had such fun working with the building blocks.
The theme for my final block is Art.
To prepare the block I sanded and then a layer of Gesso. Now the fun commences. Using baby wipes I applied a heritage green emulsion paint. Wiping away some of the paint allowed the original base to show through ever so slightly. Before applying various Distress Crackle Paints I stamped directly onto the cube using art related stamps.
Side One -I stamped a ruler onto watercolour paper and glued it around the cube. For each face of the cube I stamped brushes and pencils tucking them behind the main images. Stamped Girl With A Pearl Earring (another favourite painting of mine and also a favourite book) onto watercolour paper to give it an aged and distressed appearance to the image.
Side Two – After stamping the paint tube and applying watercolours I then applied acrylic paint to imitate paint oozing from the tube. Also dipping the ends of the stamped brushes into acrylic paint.
Side Three – Stamp word onto watercolour paper. I used silicone glue for any images that I wanted to pop out more.
Side Four – Again elements are repeated but using different colours.
On top I squeezed a mini tube of watercolour paint and allowed the paint to harden. After applying to the top I added more acrylic paint, once again mimicking the appearance of it dripping down the sides.
Gesso, Emulsion paint, Various Crackle Paint (Ranger), Stamp Credits – The Artistic Stamper and Chapel Road Art Stamps (Girl With A Pearl Earring), Staz-on Timber Brown, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, silicone glue, acrylic paints, Koh-I-Noor watercolour pencils, watercolour paper and mini tube of watercolour paint (use as an embellishment).
Several of the above products are available from The Altered Element