MDF Upright - Frankie by Nikki Acton


We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Nikki is now a
permanent member of our design team!

Hi everyone! I joined the That’s Crafty! design team late in 2016 but today see’s my first post on this blog. I thought I would share one of the designs I made for the Hochanda shows – using the MDF Cogs Upright and featuring my cat – Frankie. Here is how I altered the surface.

MDF Base

I added some DecoArt Sand Paste to the edges before painting it all in black gesso. When nearly dry I used the edge of my paint brush to make scratch marks in the gesso, adding a little more gesso to ensure I built some subtle texture.

Once dry I dry brushed the surface with white gesso and when dry added watery washes of PaperArtsy Claret and DecoArt – Prussian Blue paints. I added gilding wax to edges.


I printed some of my favourite photos on an ink jet printer on copier paper in black and white and sprayed with a matte spray to seal.

I die cut some circles from water colour paper and glued them together to create firm base (3 per photo) and adhered the images.

I added a little black gesso with my finger around the edges to create a border and once dry added Distress Collage Medium – Vintage to the image to age it and seal it further. Again I added gilding wax around the edges.

See you next week!



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  1. Fabulous! And welcome to Thursdays
    Amanda x

  2. As I said on your blog fabulous piece Nikki - thanks for the "How To"

    Hilda xx

  3. Welcome to the team Nikki and just love this! Great texture and Frankie looks so cute.
    Fliss xx

  4. This is absolutely fabulous! xxx

  5. Amazing texture and wonderful make, welcome to the team

  6. Yay, so happy to have you here with us Nikki...oh and the lovely Frankie of course!
    Donna xx

  7. Welcome Nikki!
    Lovely to know you are one of the team and we get to see more of your creations.
    This is such a cute idea.

  8. Great texture and I love that touch of shimmer to highlight it. Congrats on your (new!) appointment.
    Alison x


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