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Deco Art and Andy Skinner Blog Hop Finale

Hello! It's time for the finale of the DecoArt and Stampendous blog hop. Have you enjoyed yourself this week? I bet you've got some new techniques that you want to try. I know I do! I am super stoked about my project for today. And it solves a dilemma that we've had in my kids' room for a while.

What you see above is 2 pieces of PVC. And some fab DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics! So, what am I doing with PVC, you ask? Well, my mom bought my son a light saber(Darth Vader's) for Christmas, and he wanted to display it, but we weren't really sure where in his room, and how. I wanted something cooler than hooks, and we thought it would be neat to have the light saber vertical, instead of horizontal. Plus, there was a fab spot for it if it hung in that direction. So, my husband came up with the PVC pip idea, and I altered the pieces.

The end cap holds the base, and the small piece of pipe holds up near the end. And the 2 pieces are spaced out enough so that it's easy to take the light saber out when those pesky rebels come and try to blow up your newest incarnation of the Death Star.

I started off by covering the PVC  with DecoArt's White Gesso. Once that dried, I stippled on Quinacridone Gold with a brush. I followed up with Prussian Blue and Paynes Gray next.

Then I layered some Crackle Paste. I kept it kind of thin, so my cracks were smaller. I was really just playing around with the paints and mediums, to see what results I liked. It's fun to experiment like this!

Since my cracks were small, and I liked the way the paint looked before, I did the same stippling technique with the same colors as before. Was it unnecessary to do the original layer? Maybe....but again, I was just playing to see what I liked. And I knew I did want a deep color range under the cracks.

Next, I layered the PVC with English Red Oxide Antiquing Cream. After it dried to the touch, I rubbed a lot of it off with an old pillow cover. I decided I wanted a metallic sheen to parts of it, so I painted on some Metallic Silver Fluid Acrylic. I also rubbed on a bit of Carbon black.

At this point, I kept adding and taking away color, until I got the look that I wanted. You can see here that my end cap is pretty textured, where as the small piece I left fairly flat.

When I was happy with the pieces, I sealed them with Matte Varnish. Then I added some of the images from Andy Skinner's Toxic stamp set with StazOn ink.

I only added stamped images to the cup piece. My son was thrilled with the way the pieces turned out, and I am really happy with them too. I had a blast painting them, and again, it's great that it solved the problem of how to hang up his light saber. Below are all of the fabulous people that are sharing projects today. Be sure to stop by each of them for a chance to win prizes! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)


Pam B said…
The textures & colors are beautiful!
Ha!! that is an awesome idea
LynzCraftz said…
Gorgeous grunginess!
Bunny said…
Great solution and a wonderfully pretty project.
Way cool! I have several nephews who would LOVE this in their room, too. :-)
Wow, I think my son wouldn't mind either :)
Joi at RR said…
Wow - is this just the greatest idea ever.... that saber looks great on the wall with your WONDERFUL decorative holders. Andy's stamps are just perfect to go with your theme too!! LOVED seeing this!! j.
Late Blooming said…
smart! PVC can be so creatively used.
Sabrina said…
WOW!!! Stunning and a great look!!!
LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE this!!! I am thinking that it would work for storing brooms and mops too!! Going to have hubby cut me some PVC pipe so I can get started! Thanks for the inspiration!!
A Pink said…
these are fabulous and such an original idea . Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring x
Lieve said…
What a cool and original solution to hang the saber. Great colours !
Thank you for sharing your creativity !
wow! what a fabulous idea and the pvc looks so amazing! The colors and crackle is so cool. Love the clever display you made, thanks for sharing!~kim
Cleaver way to display the light saber. Love the distressed look you gave the PVC. TFS
Karen Petitt said…
Gorgeous paint, colour and texture. I love everything about it! Thanks for the awesome art and wonderful blog hop too Karen x
Suman Pandit said…
the effect is fantastic,love the crackle !!
Linda D said…
So cool! What an awesome Mom! I bet that looks awesome in his room! Thanks for sharing!!!!
Jane said…
Such a unique idea your son must have been thrilled
Barbara Rankin said…
What a great idea. It turned out beautifully with all the colors, crackle, and I just know your son was very happy he had a cool place store his light saber.
Coco said…
Oh that's great!!! :D
Your little son must have been delighted with these two pieces!!!
A brilliant idea, and for you a fabulous playtime teehee. Thanks for the inspiration, the result is gorgeous!
Celia said…
Great way to store your light sabre - every home should have one!
Judy said…
What a fun idea! I love when you talented people share your awesome talents and ideas with us. Thanks for sharing.
Robin said…
You're such a cool mom! I bet your son loves's awesome. Hugs, Robin
Susanne said…
Great project! Nice colours and texture
Merethe Arstein said…
Great. Lots of ideas, where to start :)
This has been a lovely bloghop, so many great tips trix and tutorials.
(✿◠‿◠) Ma (Merethe)
McStamper said…
What a great idea. Amazing art.
Jean said…
Genius! Wow - so very cooL!!
Viki Banaszak said…
That is to cool! I love the way you made it look old and ancient. Perfect for holding a light saber.
This is so cool! I bet your son loves it!
~Lady B~ said…
Fabulous and practical! Nix must be so happy to have such a talented, rockin' mom! Brilliant idea!

Angela aka Lady B
Tina M. said…
And it looks so good holding that light saber. Very clever.
/Tina M.
Mary Holshouser said…
Where there's a will - there's a way.
The light saber looks much better vertical
than if it was horizontal. Has more
of a punch of interest.
Great project. Glad your son is
thanks for sharing.
Jackie P Neal said…
What a cool project!! thanks so much for sharing!!
D.Ann C said…
What a totally cool idea and I love the look you ended up with!
Birdie said…
Oh my gosh, my grandson would love this! I love the texture you achieved.
Lindi Phillips said…
loved your textures and colour it came a bit like fossilized wood
Jean Bullock said…
Awesome technique. Looks wonderful!
Mimi said…
Oh my. I bow down to you. This is awesome. Wonderful aging of the pieces... I feel like you should be hired by Disney to help design fixtures in Tomorrowland! My daughter has a light saber night light (Obi-wan's) and light saber she built at Disney-- I may have to build a holder! Hope it will be a fraction of the coolness yours is! Cheers!

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