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Toys on artboard – “Keeping your child’s soul is the key to happiness”

Hello, here Angélique Crêté aka Boule de Scrap. You know my love for vintage, for recycling and for poetry. Today, I am delighted to present my latest project, which brings all these elements together. It was born following a call of a French scrapbooking association, which calls on the generosity of artists to create projects, which will then be put up for auction to help various charities. This year, we support an association that helps children, so I decided to work on the theme of childhood, the beauty of it and the precious memories it brings.

It is created an altered artboard that measures 30 cm x 30 cm which reminds me of childhood; for this I decided to recycle some old toys (Lego, Playmobil, small car …). I’ll also introduce you, the techniques I use to age a project, with coffee, the sublime Colorwash paints, and the Rust Effect paste.

Products used:
Tattered Angels Color Wash Paint – BronzeOld Bronze
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – GoldDazzling DiamondsAbominable Snowman
Tattered Angels High Impact Paint – BlackWhiteAntique GoldCopper
Architextures – Artboard
Rust Effect Paste, Modeling Paste, Coffee, Gesso
Toys, Embellishments, Vintage photo

The first step of this project is too attach the toys to the artboard – you can use gel medium for that or your craft glue.

You will need 2-3 layers of gesso to effectively cover the toys – the better gesso coverage, the better the final results.

To add some fun to the background, use coffee –  to achieve different shades, use coffee more or less diluted with water.

To bring out other features, and add a more vintage feel, use Color Wash Paint.

I repeated the steps on a smaller artboard; I also used a stencil and modelling paste to add textured design to it.

There’s nothing better than Glimmer Mosts to add sparkle to your project – spray it all over the artboard!

Finally, cover the embellishments with various shades of rust paste.
To add vintage shine, I added a few drops of Color Wash to my paste.

Now, it’s time to add the finishing touches – add some phrases and rusty wires as you like.
I also like adding sprinkles of black and white paint for contrast using a toothbrush or a dry brush.

It’s a great way of recycling old bits and pieces that otherwise would end up scattered all over your kids room or even worse in a bin. Instead, you have created a cool, rusty art! It’s a win-win for any crafty mum!

Thanks for joining me today!



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