If there’s one thing our Creative Crew members enjoy doing, it’s experimenting and trying new things with our products. This is especially true with our Tattered Angels line of mists and paints. Why use just one color if you could also layer colors over one another? How do our Glimmer Mists look on different textures? On different surfaces? Our Tattered Angels line is perfect for those new to mixed media as well as those for whom mixed media is a way of life! Afterall, if you’re a tattered angel, you have few creative boundaries, and can find no wrong in art. You want to have fun and share your creations and unexpected results from trying new things. It’s with this in mind that our Creative Crew member Laura Kuhlmann shares her own experiment and the unexpected — but really cool — results she got.
The result was not even close to what I had envisioned…but that’s what makes creative playtime so important! — Laura Kuhlmann
I love painting with chalk paints. I love the matte finish of the paint, as well as the instant vintage goodness you get just by the aged look of the paint.
Today I’m sharing the results of my own experiment — my own creative playtime — seeing how the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists would look on top of chalk paint. The result was not even close to what I had envisioned when I began, but that’s what makes creative playtime so important as I discovered an interesting finish and learned how the Glimmer Mists react with the chalk paint as well as with a brush-on varnish.
Let’s get started!
Mixed Media Paper Mache Boxes, and how Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist reacted with chalk paint!
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Snowy Pine
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze – Sweet Pea Pod
- 7gypsies Wanderlust: Take Chances 12×12 Paper
- Paper maché boxes (2)
- Small unfinished wood finials (4)
- Assorted vintage embellishments: buttons, seam binding, lace, silk flower
- Other embellishments: bright green hemp cord, ribbon, plastic flower
- Xyron Creative Station Lite
- Chalky Finish paints in Refreshing (mint) and Everlasting (white) – DecoArt
- Ultra-Matte Varnish – DecoArt Media
- E6000 adhesive
- Non-stick craft mat
- Paper towels
- Latex gloves (optional)
Step One: Wipe down paper maché boxes and lids with a slightly damp paper towel to remove any dust or debris. Let dry.
Step Two: Paint the outside of both boxes and lids with one coat of white chalky finish paint. Let dry. No need to paint the inside of each box — we will leave them in their natural state.
Step Three: Paint both boxes and lids with one solid coat of mint chalky finish paint. Make sure to paint the inside rim of each box and lid. Let dry.
Step Four: Spray some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Snowy Pine onto a non-stick craft mat.
Oh, how I love this color!
Step Five: Dip each side of the box and lid into the Glimmer Mist.
You’ll notice immediately — like I did — that the box colors changed from mint green to more of a soft pale blue shade. I wasn’t expecting it, but I loved the color.
Step Six: Gently blot with a paper towel until you like how it looks. Let dry.
Step Seven: Using the Glimmer Mist from the paper towels and non-stick craft sheet, color the small unfinished wood finials. Let dry.
Once dry, I was absolutely in love with how the boxes looked. They had depth, gorgeous color and shading, and a bit of sheen in the light too.
For comparison, on the left (below) is a paper maché box I painted several years ago with some basic acrylic craft paints. I used a teal color with a grey diluted craft paint over it to give it some age. On the right (below) is the box with the Glimmer Mist.
With the light not casting a sheen in the picture, you can see how much depth the Tattered Angels gives the box. I’m guessing it’s the way the TA Mist reacted to the chalky finish paint.
Again, unexpected but I liked it. (I also thought — at this point — that I was almost finished with my painting. Little did I know!
Part of crafting is not always knowing what the end result will be, but just going with it anyway to see where it takes you!
Step Eight: Using E6000 adhesive, attach the small finials to the bottom corners of the large box to use as feet. Leave this box upside down and let it fully dry and cure for 24 hours.
Step Nine: For a fun contrast, paint the outside edges of both box lids with TA Glimmer Glaze in Sweet Pea Pod. Let dry.
Again, more “reacting” was going on between the Glimmer Glaze and the dried Glimmer Mist-chalky paint combo. I lucked out and got even more of a contrast than I anticipated!
And then this happened . . .
As I was handling the boxes, attaching the feet and then painting the edges with Glimmer Glaze, the surface color of the boxes was coming off on my fingers.
This wasn’t good for me. If I wanted to give these boxes as gifts — or sell them — I wouldn’t want the gift recipients or the buyers to get color on their own hands. Quickest way to not get another sale ever again, know what I mean?
What to do.
I wasn’t about to give up, so I decided to try a brush-on matte varnish to seal the color in.
As the reaction of the varnish with the mist and the chalky paints all began to dance together, I had to think fast.
Here’s what I came up with.
Step Ten: Brush DecoArt Media Ultra-Matte Varnish onto one side of a box.
Immediately you will see the color changing and reacting with the varnish (above right).
Take the side of your paintbrush and just start tapping around on the mixture to create texture.
I’m a huge fan of “when in doubt, add texture!”
Make an abstract design all over. (above right)
Repeat for every side of the boxes and the lids. Also don’t forget to apply varnish to the feet as well.
Here is a quick video of exactly what I just described, so you can see exactly what I did.
Let everything dry thoroughly.
Look how cool the dried paint/mist/varnish mixture looks!
I love it! If you look really close, you can see where it crackled in some spots.
Step Eleven: Embellish the boxes!
This is always my favorite step of mixed media projects because it’s where the magic happens. I usually gather up all kinds of trims and buttons and gems and flowers that will go with the boxes. Then I place them in different ways to decide how I want them to look.
In this instance, I wanted a meaningful quote for the top of each box. I cut out two gorgeously aged quotes from the 7gypsies Wanderlust: Take Chances 12×12 Paper.
Once I had everything figured out, I ran the larger flat embellishments through my Xyron Creative Station Lite, which turns them into stickers.
On the small box lid I layered the quote over some wide ribbon cut with pinking shears, then added vintage seam binding, buttons and a plastic flower gem. I also tied some matching hemp cord through the green vintage button to match the wide ribbon.
On the large box lid, I adhered the quote first, leaving room for all of the embellishments I wanted to add to the upper right corner.
These embellishments matched the ones on the small box to tie them together even more. I used vintage buttons, bright green hemp cord, a large silk flower, vintage seam binding, ribbon, and vintage lace trim.
I adhered all of these embellishments using either the Xyron Creative Station Lite or my Xyron Mega Runner.
Here’s a side view . . .
And here are the finished mixed media boxes!
These boxes turned out quite differently than I had originally intended, but I love the end result!
I’m an artist — not a scientist — so I can’t tell you exactly how or why the varnish reacted with the TA Glimmer Mist/chalky paint mixture, but the mixture provided a solid, durable finish that did seal the color in…it just wasn’t sealing in the color I had started with!
Now I’m left with two conclusions.
First, I accidentally created a fun way to work with these products to obtain this really cool textured look!
And second, I still need to figure out how to successfully seal a paper maché box that’s been painted and misted, because I also love how that color result looked too.
Do you have any suggestions for me? I’d love to get your feedback!
Let me know in the comments!