Monday, July 18, 2016

"It Takes A Village" Mixed media wood blocks

Hi!  This is Joyce and I am excited to be part of the Susan K. Weckesser Design Team.  Mixed media and recycling is a passion of mine, so today I would like to share with you how to create your own village using the wonderful new mini-pop inks, stamps, and scrapbook paper that Susan has created. 

For this project, I used recycled children's wood building blocks.  I made mine reversible, and the roofs can be switched around also.  Another idea would be to make a holiday house on one side and "everyday" on the other.  You can use any size, shape, or combination of blocks, so get creative and have fun!

First, choose your blocks to make a little village.  Slice larger blocks in half on the bandsaw to make roofs.  

Next, tear up strips of old tissue patterns into sections approximately 1" x 3".  Using a foam brush and Decou-page, glue on tissue pieces to cover all sides of your houses and roofs.  Be sure to overlap edges a bit.  Let dry.
Take your mini-pop ink color and swipe it on all sides of your wood piece.  This covers quite easily and is bright and vibrant.  When dry, use Mystery for a vintage look by swiping the edges.  Continue with all colors until all blocks are colored.

Ink up the Celebration of Simple stamps with the mini-pop inks and stamp onto the Colorburst scrapbook paper for the roof fronts.  Cut out triangles to fit your blocks.  Adhere the pieces with the Decou-page.

Trace the house block shapes onto the Colorburst paper and cut to fit the blocks.  Use both sides of the paper for variety.  Glue the rectangle pieces with Decou-page onto the blocks. 
Drill holes 1/4" into roofs for chimneys (screws or springs) to fit.   


With the Doodle Stencil and a cosmetic sponge, pounce Decoart paint colors on house fronts and backs.  Use coordinating paint colors with the mini-pop ink colors.  Let dry.  Using the Mystery ink, go over edges of scrapbook paper. 
Cut out magazine words that relate to the home theme.  Distress the edges with Mystery ink.
Arrange metal scraps, keys, buttons, dominoes, and magazine words to your liking.  Photograph for reference.  Glue on all paper pieces and words.  Doodle around words and stenciled areas with a ultra-fine sharpie pen and a white gel pen.  Brush over all house surfaces with Decou-page.  Allow to dry.  With foam brush, cover all wood block surfaces with Decoart ultra-matte varnish.  Dry well.  Glue down all metal pieces, dominoes, keys, buttons with E6000 glue.  Also glue in the chimneys with E6000 glue, referring to photo. 

I hope you enjoyed this project and look forward to seeing what you've created with Susan K. Weckesser products. 
Joyce Shaulis     For the Susan K. Weckesser Design Team
Susan K. Weckesser products:
Celebration of Simple red rubber stamps
Colorburst scrapbook paper
Color Box mini-pop inks: Kiss, Cocoa, Fresh, Sky, Mystery, Ice
Other Products:
Decou-page, Decoart paints in True Red, Peacock Teal, Sour Apple, Ultra-Matte varnish


  1. This village looks amazing and I want to live here !! Love the techniques that you used !! I will definitely be searching for some wooden blocks ...

  2. Thanks Deb. I have managed to collect all sizes and shapes of blocks at garage sales. However, this natural wood block set was the nicest I had seen, almost hated to use them as they were in new condition. I think I may make a Christmas set, I should have just done it on the back of this set, but I made them reversible with same papers.

  3. so much fun. I think it is bright and colorful and so imaginative.

    1. THank you Deb, I appreciate your comment. They wer quite fun to make! And a good chance to use up some of my rusty time I hav collected. Joyce

  4. Love this project....So whimsical and sweet.... Thanks so much for sharing!


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