Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Shamrock Wall Art Tutorial

Hi there,

This is the perfect month to share this Shamrock Wall Art that I created for SNR Magazine.

Wall art pieces can be so much fun to create. I enjoy creating them because they give me an opportunity to use techniques and embellishments of choice. This wall art is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. To create the freestyle looking hearts that formed the shamrock, I used a steel die as a guide. My tutorial is below...


Canvas Panel
Dylusions ink sprays
22 Gauge wire
Floral tape
Vintage photo ink
Black ink
Heart die (steel)
Script stamp
Copic markers w/ airbrush tool
Metal embellishments
Glue gun
Heat gun

Step One: Cover canvas panel with gesso. Let dry. The gesso creates a random white wash effect when the inks are applied and dried.
Step Two: Randomly spray Dylusions inks on to canvas panel. I used colors: Fresh Lime and Cut Grass. Note: Make use of any loose or excess ink by soaking it up with tags or scrap cardstock. You can use the inked tags or cardstock for future projects.


Step Three: Randomly stamp script onto panel. Your stamping doesn’t have to be even or perfect.  The idea is to apply script in various places of the panel to build up the background.


Step Four: Spray Lemon Zest Dylusions ink onto the stamped panel. This will add just a pop of color back into the panel.



Step Five: Using paper towel, soak up excess ink.  Note: the towel will remove ink in various places on the panel creating a more worn and distressed effect. Apply heat with heat gun.

Step Six: Directly apply vintage photo ink to panel.

Step Seven: Using stencil, airbrushing tool, and copic markers, create pattern on panel. Apply light and dark patterns for contrasting effects. I used Copic E59 (Walnut). Set aside.


Step Eight: Fold 36 inches of wire in half. Insert floral tape into folded wire center and begin wrapping the wire around the completed folded piece- creating 1 wrapped piece of wire. Note: Repeat this 2 more times to create 3 wrapped pieces to form 3 hearts.


Step Nine: Shape all three wrapped pieces of wire into a heart shape. Use the heart shaped steel die as a guide. The use of the heart die is optional. Your hearts should look free formed and not fully structured.


Step Ten: Wrap the base of 1 of the formed hearts around the other 2 to combine them together, and use a pen to form swirled ends.


Step Eleven: Using glue gun, adhere the wired hearts to the panel.


Step Twelve: Add ribbon and metal embellisments. Adhere to panel. Finish wall art.

Shamrock Wall Art by Karen Jiles Supplies Canvas Panel: Mister Artist; Metal embellishments: Advantus; Key: Recollections; Ink: Ranger, Tsukineko; Markers: Copic; Stencil: The Crafters Workshop; Other: Ribbon, floral ribbon, wire

There are so many wall art pieces available in stores, but there is something so much more special about a piece that you create yourself. You have the opportunity to add special techniques, products of choice and sentimental embellishments that interest you.

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)



Vicki robertson said...

This is fabulous, Karen! I love the wrapped wire hearts!

Karen Jiles said...

Thanks so much, Vicki!!