Thursday, October 29, 2015

It's Hip to be Square with this Mid-Century Artist Trading Block--Part One

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 1: Cut thick foam core from Eileen Hull's Sizzix Block XL Scoreboard Die. 

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 3: Place the circles from the Mixed Media Fragments 1 chipboard on Airplane Cardstock and apply regular gel matte. Remove and clean Fragments. Let gel 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 6Cut 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

Step 7: Cut a square from the Airplane Cardstock with the clear gel that will fit the size of your cube. Paint the recessed areas lightly with Hot Cinnamon Primary Elements. Dab away excess with a damp paper towel to your liking.

Step 8Cut off a starburst and a couple rectangles from the Mixed Media Fragments Retro chipboard. Cut off the spikey parts of the cross-hatched piece from the Mixed Media Fragments 1 chipboard (yes, that's the technical term). 

Step 9: Cut five additional squares that fit your cube from Dinosaur Cardstock (plain side), Moss Green Glitter CardstockSmoky Chevron Cardstock (dot side), Awning Stripe Cardstock and Teal Glitter Cardstock.

Step 10: Adhere the squares to the cube. Add decorative tape to the edges

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.

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Cindy Brown said...

Super Project I love it.

The Robins Nest OCrowley said...

Great tutorial! And project! You always make me smile!

Bev Code said...

super project.. great details

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