Saturday, 15 January 2011


Nail and wood background texture
Supplies needed:
Small nails, wood shavings, tissue paper, pva/mod podge, paint brush, chip board shapes / shapes made from thick cardboard, 2 contrasting colours of acrylic paint

Cover the shapes with pva/mod podge and arrange the nails and wood shavings as desired.

Scrunch up a piece of tissue paper larger than the area you want to cover.  Uncrumple the paper and press over the shapes.  Do not be too heavy handed or you will tear it, but ensure that it is stuck down.

Give the shapes a further coat of pva/mod podge and when dry tear or cut the excess tissue paper away.

Next paint the shapes (I used the eco friendly acrylic green patina paint)

Once dry, take your contrasting colour and rub it over the hi-lighted areas.  I like to use my finger but you can use whatever suits you best.  Don't put too much on to start with, you can always add more. 

I used the bronze eco friendly acrylic paint and this is the end result.

You can use any material under the tissue paper, don't just stick to wood and nails - experiment!!!!


Anesha said...

Great technique to add some texture, thanks for sharing!!!

downrightcrafty said...

oh my that is a great texture will have to keep this in mind and have a play
Hugs Kate xx

Gez said...

Ooo what a clever idea. Great technique. :)

Mod Podge Amy said...

So interesting! I love this technique.

Anonymous said...

very cool! TFS Sam! xx

Ann said...

Terrific technique Sam.....thanks for sharing xxx

Emma said...

Great idea, would never of thought of doing something like that :) em xx

Nan said...

Hi Sam...I loved your piece. Thanks for sharing your technique. I can't wait to try this! I can tell I'm going to really enjoy your new challenge.

jewelrygirl said...

I love this technique! It is simple and beautiful. Thanks.


die amelie said...

Great idea! Love the look!

xx die amelie

LYN said...

what a brilliant it.