The Impasto Effect by Fliss Goodwin


Hi there, I have a mixed media wall hanging to share this week, which features a faux impasto effect as I really love the texture of the technique but wanted to see what you could do without using oil paint. The substrate is actually part of the new That’s Crafty! rectangles kit and anyone who subscribes to MixedUp Magazine can see there what I created with the other part!


DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Green Gold, Yellow Green Light, Hansa Yellow Light, Transparent White
Tim Holtz Distress Crayons – Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold
Thick String
Pronged Tool (I used an Afro comb – left over from my days with a perm!)


Use the palette knife to apply modelling paste to the top panel of the hanger kit, spread quick thickly and cover up the holes at the base as you only need these if you want to add the smaller panels. Use a pronged tool to scrap a rough lined pattern into the paste. I was aiming for a grass effect on the lower half to make a meadow scene. Make sure the holes at the top are clear then leave to dry, overnight is best.

Paint the panel with blue and a touch of white on the top half and the greens and yellow on the lower half. Use a paintbrush with the darkest green paint to add grass stems to the green areas, there should be some lines in the dry modelling paste that you can pick out too.

Apply the green and yellow paints to white card with the brayer, aiming for a mix of colours. When dry, die cut some tall leaf fronds from the painted card. Swipe some of the fronds with Versamark ink and heat emboss with the clear powder.

Stamp some sunflowers and a couple of butterflies on mixed media paper with the brown ink and colour with the Distress Crayons. Swipe on Versamark ink and heat emboss with clear powder. Cut all of the images out.

Assemble the panel by deciding first on the placement of the flowers and butterflies. Once you have done that, glue on the leaf fronds, ensuring that you have some tall ones where you want to glue on the sunflower heads. I used an embossing ball tool to shape both flowers and butterflies before gluing on with foam tape for added dimension.

Finish off with a loop of string through the top holes to create the hanging element.

We have a new challenge for you today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog and you’ll love this one! Don’t forget to check it out at 8am to see how you can win a voucher for the online shop – not to be missed with all the new goodies about to flood in!

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

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  1. This is absolutely gorgeous Fliss! A breath of Spring air! Just what we need right now!
    Alison xxx

  2. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh - FABULOUS FLISS - YOU and the artwork!!! LOVE the colors and what great textures - sooooooo PRETTY! Xj.

  3. WOW this is soooooo gorgeous and a really welcome thought that Spring is nearly around the corner.....not nearly enough of course!
    Donna xx

  4. This is absolutely brilliant Fliss, love it!
    Amanda x


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