BG at Home with Kim Price

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Kim Price: Hello everyone! It’s Kim here today with a mixed media project featuring the new BasicGrey Tea Garden collection along with an assortment of BasicGrey stencils. I just love creating anything arty and this little 8inch x 8inch canvas has been a real joy to make from start to finish. My inspiration came from a mixed media style painting I created a few years ago titled “Little House” on wood. I just love this little painting and it hangs proudly in my home.


1. I started out by drawing a simple outline of a little house on a hillside on my primed canvas using a black watercolor pencil as shown.


2. Using a soft bristled brush I’ve then gone ahead and added some aqua colored acrylic paint to the background, blending some white towards the center of the canvas. The watercolor pencil activates with the paint to provide some shading for some added depth.


3. I’ve chosen BasicGrey Tea Garden Green Tea patterned paper in both the 12inch x 12inch format and from the 6inch x 6inch paper pad and cut my hill shapes layering them together to give the impression of distance. I’ve adhered these in place with some matte medium and allowed it to dry.


4. The next step was to add some olive green acrylic paint to the hills, and I’ve also smeared some of this color around the edges of the rest of my canvas.


5. Mixing some pale yellow acrylic paint into some texture paste, I’ve used my BasicGrey Medallion patterned stencil to create some “flowers” on my hillside. I did this by carefully wiping some of the colored texture paste through my stencil with a palette knife. You could use an old store card for this if you don’t have a palette knife available. Clean your stencil right away to avoid damage.


6. Using some plain texture paste, add some textured edging to your canvas with the BasicGrey Flag pattern stencil as shown, again cleaning any excess from your stencil right away. I’ve also smoothed some of the hard edges of my stencil design for a worn look.


7. Go ahead and add some more aqua and olive green acrylic paint over your dried texture paste.


8. Cut shapes from the BasicGrey Tea Garden 6inch x 6inch patterned paper pad in various patterns to suit your design. I’ve chosen some contrasting pinks for my house so that it stands out from my background. Adhere in place with some matte medium.


9. Add some acrylic paint in shades of coral, mustard and white for that painterly look. I’ve also added some further detail using a black watercolor pencil allowing it to smudge a little creating some shadow. I’ve also added a darker shade of olive green paint to the hills and flowers for a more distressed appearance.


10. To complete my painting I’ve used my BasicGrey Heart patterns stencil to give the impression of rain falling from the clouds and added some random paint splatters.


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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you liked my step by Step tutorial!


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Tea Garden Home Décor

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AudreyPettit BG TeaGarden RememberHanging Audrey Pettit: I know I say this every time, but I absolutely adore the Tea Garden collection. The prints are so soft and pretty, and I love that Tea Garden is a little bit of everything… from bold and graphic patterns with strong geometric prints and lots of happy polka dots, to vintage inspired florals. So perfect for home decor projects, like my fun wall hanging here. Especially if you love shabby chic creations as much as I do.


AudreyPettit BG TeaGarden RememberHanging2 Wall hangings are a really great way to bring in a touch of handmade or seasonal decor to your home, and they are easy to make because there are no rules. I like to combine several layers of papers on mine to give my hanging a bit of structure, and one of my favorite tricks is to add a layer of something extra thick, like chipboard or corrugated board, for additional stability. Here I created a side pocket shaker element, too, made from some clear packaging material stitched to patterned paper, for a bit of added fun. Regular sequins were too thick to move freely in this thin shaker, so I made my own using a regular 1/4″ hole punch and a variety of Tea Garden papers.


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The beautiful flowers were fussy cut from the 12×12 papers. I added a label sticker for a sentiment on the top corner, layered over additional banner and border strips. Some inked and painted edges and a big floppy bow add the final shabby chic touch.


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