The second tutorial in the DIY Fall Home Decor series features a unique spin on decoupage pumpkins and sunflowers castings from resin. The result? A mixed media beauty you can gift - or keep and add to your own fall decor collection. (you deserve it!)
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In this Coffee & Create video, edited from one of our weekly Tuesday morning Facebook lives, you’re going to learn some very cool techniques to use in all of your DIY projects. And you’ll end up with some classic fall wall art. If you prefer to read instructions for your DIY projects, scroll on down to the supply list and directions.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO MAKE SOME GORGEOUS FALL WALL ART TO (PUMPKIN) SPICE UP YOUR HOME DECOR!
Floral napkin (your choice)
Rethunk Junk Paint - I used these colors:
Hazelnut (of course)
Blue Painters Tape
Board for project surface
Pumpkin shaped item (to trace on board and napkin)
Popsicle stick (to stir casting resin)
Titebond Quick & Thick Glue
DO THIS BEFORE YOU GET STARTED
The very first thing I did was to paint my board (I used an old remnant) in a slightly dark color. One coat is plenty.
Next, if your napkin is two-ply, grab a corner and pull apart the two pieces. I like to keep the plain layer I pull off (because I never throw away crafting odds and ends, how 'bout you?)
Now take the item you’re going to use to trace a pumpkin shape on the project board, position it on the board, and use the pencil to trace the shape. Do the same thing on the napkin, then cut out the pumpkin shape.
STEP 1: DECOUPAGE
Inside the traced ‘pumpkin circle’, begin to paint on the Rethunk Gunk decoupage medium. You want to get a good amount of the decoupage medium on but don’t over-apply. It’s a fine line.
Now lay the pumpkin shape onto the area with the decoupage medium and smooth it down as it adheres. Take your brush, dip it back into the decoupage medium, and brush across the surface of the pumpkin napkin. Don’t worry about brush strokes and excess medium drying on your surface - it adds a little texture to the piece.
STEP 2: CASTING WITH RESIN
I pre-cast my sunflower pieces using the Amazing Casting Resin in White. If this is your first time using resin to make mold castings, make sure to check out this Youtube video (*watch from 0:56 to 4:31 to see exactly how I did this.)
You can also read through the directions in this blog tutorial and even the directions on the Amazing Casting Resin box. Make several sizes of the sunflowers, some stems, and leaves.
When the castings are ready, it’s time to glue them onto the project surface. But first, grab the individual castings and lay them out to create your overall design. Once you’re satisfied with the layout, get out the Titebond Quick & Thick Glue.
I like to squeeze some of the glue onto the back of the casting, then use either my fingertip, a slightly damp paintbrush, or a popsicle stick to spread the glue. It’s important to make sure all the intricate edges of the castings are fully covered with glue.
Picking up one casting at a time and gluing them down will help to keep your pieces in the right place as you designed. As you press down and hold a casting, you may see some of the glue squeeze out from underneath. Here’s how to fix that to minimize the hard edges it can form around the castings:
Dampen a small, flat paintbrush, tapping off the excess water onto a paper towel. Take the brush around the edge of the casting to wipe back the excess glue. Now you’ll have a better feel for how much glue to use on the next casting.
Continue gluing down all the sunflower castings and then set the project aside to dry for at least two hours.
Pro-Tip: if any of the castings are not laying completely flat, or maybe they’re not shaped in the way you’d like, use a heat gun to warm and soften them until they are bendable. Hold the casting with the tips of scissors or long-handled tweezers, keep the heat gun 3-5” from the casting, and be careful not to burn your fingertips.
STEP 3: START LAYERING PAINT
The first coat of paint I applied was the Rethunk Junk Paint in Sunflower. It takes a bit (of effort and paint) to make sure you get enough coverage in all the nooks and crannies of the sunflower castings.
Off the castings, I used a cross-hatch brush stroke to continue to add some texture and movement to the piece. But I was careful not to get the paint on the decoupage pumpkin. Any accidental paint coverage was quickly wiped back with a clean cloth.
The next color I used was the Sunset, which is a beautiful fall orange tone. Here’s where you begin to use your own creativity as you choose the color and layer the paint. I will say that as you apply the Hazelnut, use your brush to catch the high spots of the castings.
The darker-toned paint will add depth to all the details in the castings. As you layer paint colors, don’t go for a matte coverage of the previous color. Allow some colors to show through the top layers of paint.
And as you layer paint colors, you don’t need to think in terms of applying each color one time. You can go back and add in more of the colors in subsequent layers. Experiment with using a dry brush technique with the Hazelnut.
To do a dry brush technique, I chose a brush with slightly ragged edges, and I offloaded quite a bit of the paint after dipping the brush. This allowed me to get that specific look with the Hazelnut.
I only used the Violet Shadow on my background - I wanted to leave most of the Sunflowers with the Sunflower, Sunset, Hazelnut, and Semisweet. I really wanted y’all to experiment with your own color layering and not just replicate mine, so I have only described what I did and left it out of the video
But here’s the picture of my finished project. It will give you a good idea of how this combination of colors has brought my spicy pumpkin to life! Now let me see all the photos of your projects!