Design Team Project

Meet the Captain – Adri Du Preez

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all well.

I am sharing my September design team layout with you filled with so many  wonderful elements.  Die cuts, flowers and of course amazing Dusty Attic chippies.  
I really enjoyed creating this layout with the Pirate theme.  We visited Namibia in April 2017.   This was a fascinating site to visit along Namibia’s famous Skeleton Coast near Henties Bay as the Zeila wreck is still quite intact wedged into the sand just offshore.  It has become the nesting location for numerous birds, and a great photo opportunity.

Here is my layout.


I absolutely love this 11″ Porthole that I altered to frame my photo.
I covered both parts of the Porthole with white gesso.  To colour the Porthole I used Americana Acrylic Paint in Open Water, Traditional Burnt Umber 
and Georgia Clay. I did a lot of blending to create shading and highlighting effects on my project. For this I used DecoArt Easy Float which helps to achieve a smooth result. I first painted the Porthole with the Open Water acrylic paint and with a sponge
 brush I dabbed the edges firstly with the Georgia Clay and then the Umber.
 I love the result.


I randomly covered the cogs, machine parts, fans, gauge pointers, industrial border and the industrial chains with coarse gesso, and when dried I covered all the parts with black gesso.  I then dabbed the parts with a sponge brush and  Americana Acrylic Paint in Traditional Burnt Umber, True Ochre, Georgia Clay 
and Open Water. I dry brushed all the parts with white gesso and added Art Alchemy Wax in Rich Copper.
The mini Seagulls were painted with black gesso.

The title meet the Captain is perfect for this layout. “Meet the” was covered 
with black gesso.
The lower part of the “Captain” was randomly covered with course gesso then covered with Art Alchemy Wax in Rich Copper.  The top part was covered with 
Americana Acrylic Paint in Slate Grey and dry brushed with white gesso.  
The Pirate pistol was treated in the same manner.


The Pirate Icons are amazing and a great addition to my layout. I used my Silhouette to cut the Tombstone.
The two sculls were painted with white gesso and then dabbed in watered down Distress Oxide in Frayed Burlap for a mottled effect.

The flag was heat embossed with black embossing powder. The bell was painted with the Burnt Umber and Art Alchemy Wax in Rich Copper.
I painted the word “Pirate” and bomb with black gesso and dry brushed with the Slate Grey acrylic paint.
I painted the skeleton fish with white gesso and dry brushed with the Slate Grey acrylic paint.
The ship wheel and the anchor below were painted similar to the cogs and machine parts.
I inked the gauge with Chocolate Brilliance Ink and edge with black ink.


The urchin shells were covered with white gesso and painted with Americana Acrylic Paint in Plantation Pine, Sour Apple, True Ochre and white acrylic paint.
I covered the Compass Rose with black gesso and Art Alchemy Wax in Rich Copper.  


I covered the Tropical Foliage with white gesso and inked with Versa Magic in Oasis Green and Aegean Blue.


I coloured the Seaweed with Art Alchemy wax in Old Denim.


The mini Old Coins were inked with Brilliance Galaxy Gold.


Some close ups.


Here is the captain with his empty bottle of rum and a map.


These are the Dusty Attic chipboard pieces that I have used.

DA2013 – meet the CaptainDA2501 – Jumbo Cogs #2DA0232 – Jumbo Cogs 10pkDA1904 – Pirate IconsDA1935 – Machine Parts #2DA1674 – Ships wheels smallDA1930 – Fans #1DA1933 – GaugesDA1949 – Industrial Border #1DA1938 – Industrial ChainsDA0405 – mini Chains 10pkDA1903 – mini Old CoinsDA2194 – Sand DollarsDA1910 – Seaweed #1DA2190- Skeleton Fish miniDA2537 – Tropical Foliage #9DA1176 – mini SeagullsDA1939 – Gauge PointersDA2578 – Porthole 11″ (2piece)DA2584 – Compass Rose #2

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Thank you for visiting my Blog.  I hope I have inspired you.

Happy crafting.

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