I've never watched an episode of Mad Men, but in the past couple of years I have begun to love mid-century style. This is somewhat ironic, since even though I grew up in a home filled with contemporary classics, I was never particularly fond of the furniture style until more recent years.
I'm Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope and my Artist Trading Block is not exactly a tribute to the clean lines from the likes of mid-century designers Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames. Rather, it gleefully bows to the kidney shaped motel sign, the atomic starburst wall clock and the Melamine plates adorned with olive green intersecting shapes. In other words: the wonderful world of tacky modernism.
Tutorial to make the Mid-Century Artist Trading Block
Step 2: Place Mixed Media Fragments Retro chipboard on white cardstock and apply modeling paste. Remove and clean Fragment. Repeat using Mixed Media Fragments 2 chipboard. Let paste dry overnight.
Step 4: Cut a rounded rectangle from the Mixed Media Fragments Retro paste sheet. Paint it with white gesso. Heat dry. Then paint with Summer Breeze Primary Elements. To use the Primary Elements, lightly spritz your work surface with water, dip your brush in the Primary Elements color of choice and apply it to the water droplets. .
Step 5: Next paint the raised areas with Nutmeg Primary Elements and Hot Cinnamon Primary Elements.
Step 6: Cut a staggered shape from the Mixed Media Fragments 2 paste sheet. Cover it with white gesso. Heat dry. Then paint it with Summer Breeze and Forest Green Primary Elements, letting some white show through to give it a distressed look. Add Nutmeg Primary Elements along the edges to enhance the distressed look
You have reached the half-way point of the tutorial. Stop by the Robin's Nest tomorrow to see Part Two of the Mid-Century Artist Trading Block Tutorial.
Great stuff you will need
Azure Straw Collection
Sizzix Block/Cube Scoreboard Die, X-Large
Mixed Media Fragments 1 by Gina's Designs
Mixed Media Fragments 2 by Gina's Designs
Mixed Media Fragments Retro by Gina's Designs
Colourarte Nutmeg Primary Elements