“Country Life” by Gabrielle Pollaco


It;s me, Gabrielle here with you today!  As soon as I saw this cute ‘Rustic Farm Fence’ chippie from Dusty Attic I knew I had found the perfect centerpiece design to build around this photo of my oldest daughter Chloe and her best friend Peyton with her horse.  There are so many fun country/rustic chipboard designs, from wood birdhouses, wagon wheels, tall grasses, birds nests, and I added a big Leafy Scroll in the top left corner. 
I began by giving all of my chipboard a good coat of Gesso.  I like to do this so that all the paint colors or inks I hit them with will show up nicely.  For the above Leafy Scroll I used some watered down Dusty Attic Paints in Pesto and Mountain Meadow on the leafy area. 
I just love the little Dusty Attic Birdhouses!  Here I just painted it white and rubbed some brown chalk ink (Colorbox, chestnut) on the edges.  I have a Tombow brown ink pen that I used to stroke on some lines to give the birdhouse an aged cracked look. 
For the fence I painted it with Dusty Attic ‘Bisque’ paint and then dry brushed some DA Hot Chocolate, Storm Cloud and Pesto, to give a weathered wood look to the fence.  Storm Cloud was used for the barb wire, and Hot Chocolate on the cross sections to give a rusted look.  I then added some Bronze Distress Stickles on the barb wire to get a textured rust look.  Below is my supplies list
Dusty in Color:  Bisque, Hot Chocolate, Mountain Meadow, Pesto, Navajo White, Storm Cloud.

Dusty Attic Supplies:
~ Rustic Farm Fence
~ Leafy Scroll
~ Bird Houses
~ Wagon Wheels
~ Grass Cluster #1
~ Bird Nests #1
~ Dusty In Bloom (Leaves)
Other: Patterned Paper- Prima (Sun Kissed), Burlap, Websters Pages Alpha stickers.
Hope you enjoyed my project and that you’ll give some of the beautiful rustic/country chippies a try! xo

One thought on ““Country Life” by Gabrielle Pollaco

  1. Carin says:

    Sigh, wish I could get them in the Netherlands… Love to work with those chippies.

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