Brenda Brown showed us how to use DecoArt paint to create some truly stunning effects on her Love Angel project!

She says:

"I love taking a kit of chipboard elements and using the pieces to make something completely different to the intended purpose. Check out Andy Skinner’s project to discover how this kit was intended to be put together!

When designing and making this piece, I wanted to create a darker texture than rust and although there are references to black rust on the internet there is very little information about it, so I decided to use artistic licence and create my own version of it! As Valentine’s day is coming up soon, I also wanted to bring some red into it, so I created an ombre look to the heart.

The angel is a complete contrast; I have kept it much lighter in colour using red and orange plus white and black to create tints, shades and hues. To do this I made sure I used the same red focal colour (Cadmium Red Hue) and mixed my own tints, shades and tones of colour for the different parts of the angel by adding black and white. Mixing your own colours like this can be very satisfying and results in a very pleasing and consistent finish."


Stamps Brenda used...

  • Stampendous Andy Skinner: Toxic Set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Papillon CMS106


Other materials...

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paint: Cadmium Red Hue; Quinacridone Magenta; Raw Umber; Quinacridone Gold; Payne’s Grey; Burnt Sienna; Transparent Red Iron Oxide; Pyrrole Orange; Titanium White; Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Gesso: Black; White
  • DecoArt Media: Matte Medium; Texture Sand Paste
  • DecoArt Crackle Paint: White
  • DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Paint: Everlasting
  • MDF Heart
  • Andy Skinner Industrial Wings Set
  • Ranger Idea-ology: Word Stick Love
  • Distress Ink: Ground Espresso
  • Ranger Archival Ink: Black; Watering Can


Step-by-step… Creating the Heart 

Give the heart a coat of black gesso, dry with a heat gun and apply texture sand paste with a palette knife.

Paint a wash of black gesso over the texture, heat dry and paint the centre with Cadmium Red Hue.

Blend a mix of red and magenta around edges of the centre and towards the outer edge. Repeat with a mix of Raw Umber and magenta edges and onto the red areas.


Paint Raw Umber around the edges. Mix Quinacridone Gold and Payne’s Grey with water to make a wash and daub around the textured areas and into the red.

Mix Burnt Sienna and Transparent Red Iron Oxide together with matte medium and water to create a wash. Paint heart and spritz with more water to create drips.

Rub a black Archival ink pad over raised areas. Mix matte medium with black paint and water and daub over the textured area.



Mix Burnt Sienna and Transparent Red Iron Oxide together with matte medium and water to create a wash. Paint heart and spritz with more water to create drips.

Paint the small heart with white gesso. Mix red, orange and lots of white to paint the heart and the halo. Paint a thin layer of red and magenta over the halo and dab with kitchen roll.

For the body, apply sand texture paste with a palette knife and pat it to create the texture. Paint with light pink, then brayer white chalky paint over that.


To finish the project: Create some visual texture on the hearts and halo using stamps, paint and archival ink. Sand and ink the edges of the angel parts with a brown Distress Ink. Alter a ‘love’ word band with white paint and Quinacridone Gold acrylic paint. Assemble the pieces with glue and foam pads onto the heart. To complete, add string to hang the heart.


The full article and step-by-step instructions are featured in the February 2017 issue of Craft Stamper magazine