Attitude is Everything by Amanda Southern


Hi Everyone
For my little bit of Tuesday art for you this week I've gone all grungy.

Here's What I Did:

My piece started using an 6" x 6" MDF That's Crafty! square which I painted in PaperArtsy Midnight paint. I then painted on quite a thick layer of That's Crafty! Crackle Glaze and left that to dry (it is still tacky when it's dry). I then painted over with PaperArtsy Buff and DecoArt Quinacridone Gold and waited for the cracking magic to happen. 

When the paint was all perfectly dry I lightly sanded over the surface to further add to the distressed look. Over the painted surface I stencilled one of Seth Apters stencils using black Archival ink and Cut and Dry Foam. I then sanded back the black stencilling to lighten the black and make it look distressed.

Then I laid Seth Apters Retreat Circle stencil (new in the shop) over the background and using Cut & Dry Foam added Versamark through the stencil. I heat embossed this using Chunky Rust Baked Texture Embossing Powder. 

Once that had cooled I sanded that back to dull the look further. I then laid the stencil over again, lining it up with the first embossed area and embossed again with the Chunky Rust just the centre rings and again slightly sanded them back. I wanted the centre rings to be more prominent than the background circles. To the centre I punched a circle from an old picture (I used a Tim Holtz Found Relatives card from my stash) I also heat embossed it twice using Vintage Beeswax Baked Textures. I added a Small Talk sticker which was also heat embossed twice with the Vintage Beeswax. Both were added to the piece using That's Crafty! all purpose glue which I haven't found anything it wont stick yet!  I added it to the frame which I had made months ago and never used. It is an 8" x 8" canvas which I decorated using the reverse of the canvas as the front. I covered it in torn pieces of book paper and painted it using a selection of Seth Apters paint collection from PaperArtsy. I also added rusted wing nuts that I had lying around that I had rusted up using rusting powder.  

Here's What I Used:
That's Crafty! Surfaces  MDF Board 6" x 6" Pk of 3
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints - Midnight, Buff, Terracotta, Mahogany, Green Patina
DecoArt Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
Stencil Girl Stencils designed by Seth Apter - Retreat Circle & Texture & Explore
Baked Textures - Chunky Rust & Vintage Beeswax 
Sanding Block
8" x 8" Canvas
Torn Book Pages

I'll see you all next Tuesday
Amanda X

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  1. Love it when you go all grungy. Fabulous background and love those rustic tones ❤️❤️

  2. This is fantastic, Amanda . Grungy love a plenty for this x

  3. So amazing , I love it Amanda, beautiful colors too.
    Hugs, Dorthe xx

  4. Fabulous grungy rustiness, or rusty grunginess - so much detail and depth in that background... it's scrumptious!
    Alison x

  5. Wow this really is a slice of rusty heaven CC, beautifully made as always
    Donna xx

  6. You really have worked your magic on that background the crackle glaze has created a fabulous effect. Those rusted elements bring out those tones, reminds me of an Old western *Wanted* Poster. Awesome creation.
    Hugs Tracey xx

  7. Beautifully rusty and grungy Amanda and lovely to see this side of you come out to play again.
    Fliss xx


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