Mixed-Media Shabby Chic Panel with Olga Ravenskaya

Hi gorgeous Lindy’s friends!

Olga Ravenskaya here today and I’d like to share with you my new pink and green shabby chic home decorative panel, using beautiful Lindy’s Sprays and Shakers.

I made this mixed-media shabby panel to match my Color Challenge project – a mannequin, so I used the colors from our gorgeous August combo – pink & mint.

Both pieces are made using the same techniques and steps, so I’ll show you today how to turn any MDF panel into a gentle shabby piece.

As usual, I started my working process by picking the materials I’d like to use.

Then I covered all the molds, the panel itself and metal leaves with a white gesso, and all the paper elements and flowers – with clear gesso.

I wanted to make a pale shabby background, so I mixed Mad Hatter Mint Green Magical and Oom Pah Pah Pink Shaker with a white gesso. I mixed this in small plastic jars with lids to prevent the mixture from drying out during the work process.

Mix the gesso and the powder very well to get a pale mint color and cover all the surface of the panel with the mixture using a brush.

Then I took an ordinary candle and rubbed by it several places on the surface – this creates a waxy area and acts as a resist.

I wanted to make a very delicate look, so I covered all the surface with the pale pink paint mixture and then took off this color on the places previously rubbed with the candle, using sandpaper.  You can see the result below. To be honest, it’s a bit difficult to catch this effect by a camera, but I’m hoping you can see how beautifully pale pink mixed with mint.

Next, I added my paper elements – I always use a transparent medium to glue them. To avoid clear outlines of the images I went over them with a dry brush, using the same mixtures from my jars.

Then I added some texture paste through a stencil…

…stamped using water resistant grey inks and added the colors in the central part of the panel using Mad Hatter Mint, Pink Ladies Pink and Chateau Rose Sprays.

After drying, I added a little crackle paste just over stamping and paper images.

So the background is ready and now it’s time to arrange all my other embellishments.

At the very end, I toned the composition with Mad Hatter Mint and Pink Ladies Pink Sprays using a thin brush.

Here is the result!

Some close-ups as a little inspiration…

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  • DecoArt Acrylic Gesso, Finnabair White Crackle Paste, Finnabair Clear Gesso, Ranger Multi Medium Gloss, Prima Marketing stamps, stencil, molds and metal embellishments, Summer Studio flowers, Stamperia paper, buttons.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found it useful for you 🙂

Thank you for stopping by!

Have a nice day,





Mixed media artist and educator from the beautiful city Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Totally addicted to the colorful world of Lindy's. YouTube: Olga Ravenskaya/Instagram: @olga.ravenskaya

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