Hide Away by Rachel Harries


This week I've made a little hide away tree house, because who doesn't need a hide away
tree house from time to time. 

I started by preparing the foliage, I used some That's Crafty! greyboard leaves. I added a little air dry clay to make acorn shapes it doesn't matter which colour as it will be painted over, I pop a little glue on these to hold them in place, I also used some teabag paper on the leaves to add a bit of texture.

I used soft body gel to adhere some Art Stones to some berry sprigs.

I pop those pieces to one side to dry, while I start working on the front panel of the shrine, I adhere some cogs and then add some art stones in the gaps and some Sand Texture Paste in areas.

I pop this to the side to dry and pop the main body of the shrine out, I take a little time to make sure I know which way up everything is going to be assembled and I paint with some white gesso. I then stamp the back panel the sides and the top panel and colour them, this week I'm using Distress Crayons, I use them like watercolours, scribbling a little onto a glass mat and then using a brush and water.

I assemble the main body of the shrine and pop it to one side to dry.

Then I start the rust effect, If you are familiar with the Daily Art Rust and Patina kit I'm using products from that and technique number one; I use grey paint first and dry that off, then I use a little Yellow paint and my water spray to spread it around, I then use my heat gun to dry it off, I do the same with Red Ochre paint and Saddle Brown paint drying between layers. I then use a layer of bitumen with my water spray and dab off any areas that are too dark and dry off again, I added a tiny bit of Patina Wax in places too.

I adhere this to the front panel to the main body and pop to one side.

then I take the leaves and berries, I start by added a layer of metallic paint, I then use a layer of matt paint and the some bitumen that I use my water spray with until I'm happy with the look.

I add them to the front of the shrine and I use one of the beautiful bronze 13arts butterflies to not only look pretty but cover the ends of the branches.

I make a little stand by stamping the bottom of the stamp on a piece of card and folding in half to stick my character on and create depth and dimension.

And there it is my hide away, I hope you like the project and look forward to coming back next week, stay safe.

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  1. A really gorgeous tree house hideaway Rachel. The dimension on the leaves, acorns and berries is stunning and love the way you made the quirky character really stand out too.
    Fliss xx


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