Take Risks And Stay Curious – An MDF Design From Concept To Completed Creation

March 23, 2018 — 10 Comments

I started this by covering the front with a crumpled piece of kitchen towel, glueing it down with Pinflair Bookbinding glue.

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (8)

After letting the glue dry, which didn’t take long, I coated that with a layer of black gesso and left that to dry.

Then I broke out a red and yellow metallic lustre and began dry brushing this across the textured surface.

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (9)

Looking a little like battered leather isn’t it?

I continued dry brushing and building up denser areas around the edges.

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (10)

A thick coat of crackle paste was then added and left to dry.

A thicker layer of crackle paste gives thicker and bigger cracks, as you can see in the image below.

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (12)

I then smeared a copper coloured ink over the top.

A piece mountboard was then cut down to fit the front of the box and edged with the same copper coloured pigment ink.

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (13)

Deciding that the all-over metallic look was not what I was after – although I didn’t actually have a plan – I roughly smeared some black gesso over the top and then used some orange acrylic paint to edge the box front again.

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (14)

Then added some more metallic colouring to the edges again.

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (16)

I then repeated this on the back panel too.

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (15)

Yup! Works for me! :)

While all of that dried I went rummaging into the bit box and came out with some lacey ribbon – 50p from The Works!

I coated this with orange acrylic paint and then scuffed some of the other mediums that I had been using earlier to make it ‘work’ in the design.

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (17)

This was then glued to the front of the box and the whole thing got spritzing of copper/gold metallic mica spray.

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (19)

Back to the focal panel now.

I grabbed an Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card stamp from my collection and used a copper coloured metallic pigment ink to stamp this onto the mountboard.

Because the stamp was huge I took the board to the stamp, instead of the stamp to the board.

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (18)

In my collection of ‘stuff’ I also have some domino tiles that I printed with my CoLiDo 3D Compact printer, although these could of course have been cut from the mountboard too.

One of these got a coating if copper metallic pigment ink and some edge detail with Pebeo ‘4Artist Marker’ metallix markers.

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (21)

I also added some sentiment stickers reading, ‘take risks, stay curious’ from the Tim Holtz sentiment sticker sheets and gave it a layer of crackle paste.

These bits were then stuck to the front of the box along with some faux nail heads that I made from circular self adhesive foam pads and the Pebeo pens.

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (23)

Something was missing though so I went back into my bit box and found these cool laser cut cardstock keys that I picked up a while back at the Kanban Outlet store.

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (26)

Using the Pebeo pens again I thoroughly coated this key.

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (27)

Glued it in place and then added a faux gem and faux nailhead.

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (28)

Not quite there though. More hunting and rummaging – a-ha!

Hinged Photo Frame MDF Kit (37)

Perfect. The cog came from a pack that I will show later in this post and the swirly bits were offcuts from a wooden bird cage embellishment that I use later in the project.

Ok, time to leave the outside alone before I overdo it and move on to the interior…


10 responses to Take Risks And Stay Curious – An MDF Design From Concept To Completed Creation

    Caroline Morrell March 24, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Loved this project John and I was amazed how it looked at the end. It could be used in so many different ways.

    Hope you add an mdf range to your shop in the future so we can buy them from you.

    You are so talented and we are very lucky that you share this with us so we can learn along the way.

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    This is fantastic a couple of my granddaughters would love something like this

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    Jacqui Broadhead March 23, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Absolutely love this piece John. Totally unique and so special. Thanks for sharing every step with us.

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    You HAVE to start selling this stuff

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    Fabulous creation

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    It’s fabulous John, well done :) I wasn’t sure about one part (the front with the strip of lace) but it really works on the finished article.

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    This is absolutely stunning John, what a masterpiece. I love the journey how you made this from page 1 to 5, thank you so much for sharing this.

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    I absolutely love this, you are so creative and I really enjoy reading your blogs following your journey and varied artistic forays.

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