Follow the Light by Amanda Southern


Hi Everyone

Today I would like to share with you the 2nd of my two pieces that I made to support
 That’s Crafty! recent shows on Hochanda to launch several new products one of 
which was this MDF lightbulb hanging.

Here’s What I Did:-

As this hanging is all MDF I first gave everything a coat of gesso, to get a really smooth finish I applied the gesso with a piece of Cut & Dry Foam. I then selected several PaperArtsy Fresco paints selecting a mixture of opaque and translucent colours starting with the lightest is the centre I built the colours up applying and blending in again using Cut & Dry Foam, I kept re-working all the colours until I had achieved the result I was looking for. I then added the darkness around the top piece using DecoArt Paynes Grey and a little black. The darkening on the edges of the lightbulbs has been created using the Paynes Grey diluted down and blended in using my finger. I then wanted to add a little more interest so using one of my favourite texture stamps I stamped on the crackle effect.

To create the top of the lightbulbs I first masked off leaving just the top that would be the screw part and smoothed on some DecoArt Texture Sand which I marked with the screw lines and then let it dry. Once dry I painted with the Paynes Grey and highlighted the screw grooves using a Liquid Chrome pen. The words on each of the light bulbs have been die cut and applied with matte medium.

Using a piece of mixed media card I brayered onto it the same colours I had used for the piece along with a couple of darker shades. On to that I repeatedly stamped the moth and the fussy cut them all out. I stamped the moth onto the MDF as well, this meant that I didn’t need to cut around the legs. The cut out moths were then glued over the stamped images. I then stamped the words onto the top piece, along with the little light bulb which the moths are all flying around. To make the little lightbulb stand out I stamped it onto white paper and just cut out the bulb and added it using matte medium along with a little bit of colour. The final touch was to cover it all with Glossy Accents. All was hung using black paper string.

Here’s What I Used:-

Black Paper String

Hope you like and see you all next Tuesday
Amanda X

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  1. This is fabulous, it just seems to glow.
    Avril xx

  2. Really love this Amanda. Fab crackle and detail and great colour too.
    Fliss xx

  3. Absolutely love this - those lightbulbs are great, and look so cool with the weathered stamp. Really effective paint shading to create dimension on the bulbs, and I'm not surprised that soft warm golden light is attracting all the moths - it's lovely.
    Alison x

  4. I do think this is really clever and beautifully executed

  5. Gorgeous,gorgeous and another gorgeous!!
    Donna xx

  6. I so love this - the colour is incredible, skillful use of colour on this - so dynamic.


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