Monday, 19 September 2016

DecoArt meets Warhammer - Let there be light....

Hi there folks.
It's been a while but I have been busy. Today I finally had the chance to get my latest project finished so here it is....
 My steampunk inspired lamp. I love these vintage light bulbs and wanted to create something that suited the "olde worlde" style of them.
 It took forever to find a suitable base but then I discovered this at Homesense and it was perfect.
 Then I had fun creating the finish I wanted.........
I'm so pleased with the finished light, everything came together (for a change!) so, in the following pics I'll take you through the process for those who are interested.

 I super glued some Warhammer Promethian pipes to the pipe of the lamp (They were a perfect fit which was one of the prblems finding the right base!)
 I added a selection of die cut gears to the base to add interest, gluing them in place with DecoArt Faux Finish Medium.
 I added some decorative metal trim to the top securing with copper tape and wire.
 When everything was in place it was time to add a layer of gesso, a fiddly, time consuming but necessary process.

 Then time to add colour. My "go to" colours for creating aged metal are DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Prussian Blue Hue and Burnt Sienna. Using both separately but blending as you work, the combination gives amazing blue, green and rust tones. It can take a while to get the balance of colours right but it's worth experimenting.


 Once you are happy with it, leave to dry. Then, it,s time to begin to bring back all the details that get lost.  So drybrushing here we come...... Fans of Andy Skinner will know ALL about this LOL
 I used DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Medium  Grey Value 6.  This steps takes a while , so  I had to exercise patience..........
 The final stage in paint and colour is the addition of metallic highlights to bring even more detail out in areas. I used DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Copper Kettle.
Then it was time to raid the embellishment drawer for some finishing touches. Then, everything sealed with DecoArt Acrylic Sealer, Matte.
Job done. Hope you like it and, more importantly, I hope I have inspired you!
Take care and see you soon.

7 comments:

Joanne Bendall said...

This is wonderful Neil. It would look fabulous in my living room!! Thanks for the inspiration xx

Janene McAnally said...

Wow, wow, wow Neil!! I just LOVE your lamp, certainly has inspired me!

Sue said...

This is fabulous Neil, lots if work but so worth it x

Karen Gist said...

Oh Neil, you have surpassed yourself! This is magnificent! So much work and detail gone into it...be very proud of what you have done x

Heather said...

Wow. Fantastic. I love it!

Tapeva said...

Hmmmm, yumy! Love it, good job, Neil.

Joi at RR said...

Speechless - so INCREDIBLE... wow.... what a BEAUTY. j.