Nothing but Blue Skies by Gill Humphrey


I am back creating with Sir Vagabond Aviator this week and have created a 10" square home decor panel using lots of mixed media techniques. 

To start with I had some scraps of rice paper having used the focal image for a secret project that needed to be used and so I  feathered the edges with water and pulled off small amounts of the paper before adhering them onto the canvas with Decoupage Glue - Matte. Once that had dried I added some Structure Paste through the Walls and Pipes Stencil and again left it to dry before filling in the gaps and scraping with a palette knife over the stencilled areas and rice paper some White Crackle Paste. Once this was dried I added a little Green and Chestnut Lasur Gel to the white areas - wiping back the surface to leave the colour concentrated in the cracks and around the stencilling. 


From the 8 x 8 paper pad I chose the paper with the clock on it and then fussy  cut using a scapel around each of the main rings of the clock creating three pieces which I added with Mixed Media Glue to some Kraft coloured mount board. Sealing the papers on top with more of the glue. Once these were dry I cut around the out edge of each piece keeping the central mountboard pieces in place as I knew that I was going to stack them on the final piece. 


Whilst these were drying I fussy cut the Stature of Liberty, Lady Vagabond, propellers and words from the papers and also prepared some cogs and the crow. The cogs (left overs) but lots to choose from on the website if you search for greyboard were painted with Mahogany, Brick Red, Cookie and the tiniest bit of Indian Turquoise Allegro paint. Spritzing with water to allow the colours to mist (don't overstaturate though as the greyboard will fall apart if you do).

The crow was cast with Amazing Casting Resin using the Fly High mold. Once set the cast piece was primed with bonding fluid before painting with Anthracite, Dark Grey, Light Blue and Old Ivory.


Once the first layer of paint had dried I added Rust Vintage Patina to the areas painted Old Ivory and then wiped back, leaving it in the recesses. To the coar and had I then added Dark Blue Vintage patina and again wiped back. The whole piece was then sealed with a matte varnish to protect it.

I layered the elements together tucking in the cogs between the top two layers of the greyboard mounted clock elements. Before gluing the now reassemble clock in place centrally on the canvas I added the stature of liberty and the other background paper elements. The Lady Vagabond image was then glued in place using dimensional glue so her top part is held in place over the outermost part of the clock. The finished crow and additional paper elements were adhered in place and then everything that had not had a coat of the mixed media glue was covered with that so they were protected. Once the glue covering had dried the whole piece was covered with Vintage Antiquing Paste before wiping back the whole surface until I was happy with the overall effect - this technique naturally leaves colour around all of the edges of the papers, greyboard and resin piece as well as in the nooks and crannies of the crow.


Finally I added splatters of watered down Antrhracite and Old Ivory paints. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this tutorial and stay safe.

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