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Technique Thursday ……paints and MDF

Happy Thursday!

It’s me again, LindyLou.  It’s my turn to share a technique with you.  For my IB Blog post yesterday I’d used the English Cottage Artists Acrylic Paints, mixed with water and spritzed onto cardstock.  Well today I thought I’d show you that they can also be used in this way to colour all your MDF pieces too.


I’ve used one of the small MDF folk hearts and created a pretty little keepsake, using some of the Altered Egos …. which by the way, also take the paints really well, however you use them!   We’ve got a little bit of rubber stamping on there too, and later you’ll see how you can mix the paints with any of the Gel Mediums, or Texture Pastes, and use it through your stencils.


1.   Take one of the small MDF Folk hearts and give both sides a quick coat of the white Gee Sso Good.  Don’t forget to cover all the edges too.


2.   Choose your colours of paint and mix with water in spray bottles.


I used Pink Iced Gem, Wimberry Pie, and the Gold and Silver Metallics.

3.  Give the bottles a good old shake before spraying, then spritz the colour over the MDF Heart.  If you want the more splattered look, dry off each colour before starting with the next.  Or, if you want the colours to blend there’s no need to dry inbetween …. just spritz away until you’re happy with the results, then set aside to dry.   If you’re using any of the metallics, spray these last as the mica will sit on the top giving a nice sheen to your project.

4.  Choose some Altered Egos and use the sprays to add some colour, this way everything co-ordinates beautifully


5.  Spray a piece of white cardstock with a couple of the colours and use this to stamp some words onto.  I’ve used one of the Indigoblu stamps from the  Grand Tour III set ……


You can see I’ve masked off the top half of the stamp and only used part of the sentiment.

6.  I mentioned earlier about mixing the paints with gel mediums and texture pastes …… this cuts down on buying loads of different coloured pastes, just buy the clear, or white, and colour it yourself.  You get just the shade you need then, and it matches perfectly with the rest of your project.

I used some of the silver metallic paint and mixed it with some of the Golden Gel Medium (Matte)


I then used this through the gorgeous IndigoBlu Regal stencil on what will be the back of my MDF Heart


How pretty is that!  Obvioulsy this will take a little time to dry …..

7.  Choose one of the many gorgeous stamps from IndigoBlu, and add a little touch of detail to some of your coloured Altered Egos …. I used the Vintage Flourish (an all time favourite of mine!)


8.  Once the stencilled gel is dry, turn over the heart and start to decorate it.

Add some stamping on there ……


and arrange your Altered Egos.  Don’t glue anything down to begin with, play around with the shapes and see what works best.  Don’t worry about things hanging over the edges, you can trim them down later, or if you want to leave them overhanging, make sure you’ve coloured the backs.


Layer the Altered Egos on top of one another to create depth to your project, and add in some metal embellies too, for a bit more interest.


Once you’re happy with your layout, then you can start to attach them all.  I used the Gel Medium for mine but you could use Silicone Glue or a Hot glue gun if you prefer.  Once everything is dry, cut off any overhanging pieces and touch up the edges with the paints.

9.  Attach your words and finish with some nice co-ordinating ribbon


And there you have it ….. a pretty little keepsake, or a special gift.


If you haven’t tried any of the IndigoBlu English Cottage Artists Acrylic Paints yet give them a go.  They’re so easy to use, and there’s so many ways to use them. Just choose your favourite colours and away you go.

You’ll find loads of ideas, tips and techniques from the rest of the DT, here on the IndigoBlu blog so pop by again soon.

Thanks for looking

Cheerio until next time

LindyLou xx


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3 Comments on Technique Thursday ……paints and MDF

  1. Absolutely beautiful Lindy Lou! Xx

    Nikki K | May 15, 2014 at 11:30 am () ()
  2. Beautiful Linda!

    Clare Horner | May 15, 2014 at 11:44 am () ()
  3. Love the way this looks Linda. Great to see how you used the paint with the gel medium too. Jenny x

    Buttons (Jenny Marples) | May 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm () ()