Using DecoArt products

16 Apr

Guest Blog Post by Design Team member Lynnita Knoch

Comments in italics from Deb


Blue Twig Studio – March Product Review and Projects


I had fun with the products from Blue Twig Studio for March. As a design team member, I review various products and create a project(s) with them.  The products I’m reviewing this month are:


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  •  Deco Art Media 
    • Black Gesso
    • Transparent Crackle Glaze
    • White Crackle Paste
    • White Modeling Paste

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  • Other products added to create projects (these additional products can all be found at Blue Twig Studio too)
    • Matte medium
    • Acrylic paint
    • Dylusions Ink Sprays
    • Paper ephemera (magazines, music)
    • Tim Holtz Distress Paints
    • Luninarte Silks Acrylic Glazes
    • Palette knife
    • Stencil brush

Projects:  I created two pieces of art using these products. I started both on 8″ x 10″ canvas boards.


Collage Project:

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I layered various pictures from magazines, music, and words in a pleasing arrangement and glued them down using matte medium.

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Next, I spritzed the board with yellows, pinks and purple Dylusion Ink sprays. (I love the Dylusions Inks and they come in lots of colors)

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I spread the white modeling paste through the tread stencil with a palette knife to various areas of the collage. (I love using modeling paste with stencils – it adds lots of texture and dimension)

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I painted the dried white modeling paste with blue, maroon, and gold Luminarte Silk Acrylic Glazes.  I chose the Silk glazes, as they have a sparkle to them when dry. I added a light purple acrylic paint to the white crackle paste and spread that with the palette knife through the alphabet stencil.

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Finally, after the paint and crackle paste had dried, I added the transparent crackle glaze over the eye, flowers in the vase, and cheetah heads. Unfortunately, in the photo, the crackle effect from both the purple crackle paste and the transparent crackle glaze do not show up. However, the transparent crackle glaze adds a wonderful sparkle to the collage.



Stenciled ZIA Project:


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Initially, I covered the canvas board with the black gesso and let it dry. Next I spritzed copper, gold, blue, and lime green Dylusion Ink sprays using papers to mark off broad lines to spray.

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Next, I painted various metallic acrylic paints and a few Tim Holtz distress paints in blue, copper, pink and purple through the Tread Carefully stencil with a stencil brush diagonally across the stripes. I painted a 2nd Tread Carefully diagonal in light blue, fern green, and pinks in the opposite direction.

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Next, I spread the white modeling paste with a palette knife through various 6″ x 6″ stencils that reminded me of Zentangle tangle patterns. Note: the lime green Dylusions ink bled through the white modeling paste even though it had cured for 24 hours.

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Finally, I painted the modeling paste with white acrylic paint where the lime green Dylusion ink had bled through.  Unfortunately, in the photo, the Dylusion ink stripes do not show up very well through the modeling paste like they actually appear. I decided this project was complete, as it reminded me of a Zentangle, but done with stencils, paint, and modeling paste!


Product Review:

I enjoyed working with this month’s products. The stencils are fun and will be used frequently. I can see the Tread Carefully, not only as a tread, but as animal skin, dragon skin, stones, landscape, and so on. The Alphabet stencil will come in handy for many mixed-media projects.

Black gesso will be wonderful for making colors pop or to just do something different than using white gesso for a base. (we forget that starting with a black gesso gives us a completely different look)

The modeling paste spreads very easily with a palette knife through the stencils – even in small openings. It dries semi-transparent, as I could read some of the letters and music after it had dried in the collage project. However, I did find that the lime green Dylusions ink bled completely through the modeling paste in the ZIA project. A bit of the yellow Dylusion ink bled through the modeling paste in the collage paste, but not as dramatically as the lime green bled. None of the other Dylusions ink colors bled at all.

The white crackle paste worked wonderfully. It mixed easily with paint, so color can be added to the paste. It spread easily with the palette knife through the stencil. Although, once I added paint, it bled a bit under some of the thinner lines in the stencil. I was able to remove the paste with a small paintbrush or toothpick where it had bled under the stencil in many cases.

The transparent crackle glaze adds a nice sparkle. It is self-leveling, so it does not work under stencils. I tried it with the Tread Carefully stencil and it spread terribly, so I scraped it off with the palette knife before it dried. Therefore, only use the transparent crackle glaze on open areas. Also, I used a toothpick to pop any bubbles. One comment: it was hard to see if I had the areas I wanted covered coated evenly. I wasn’t able to tell until it had dried. I did not try to add another layer in thinner areas.


Thank you for joining me this month. The projects can be seen at Blue Twig Studio in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I hope you will consider trying some of these products.


Keep creating.



Thanks so much for another great tutorial and product review Lynnita. It is always fun to see how products can be used in different ways. It inspires us to try something new. 


Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918




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