Get Your Kicks by Nikki Killinger

Apr 12, 2019 | Free Projects

Nikki builds up layers of texture and depth with transparent fluid acrylics in her gorgeous grungy heart project.

My project uses colours that probably shouldn’t be seen together, but I love them! Yellow, orange, red… and pink! I’ve used all DecoArt Media products, along with an MDF heart and a canvas background. There are a lot of layers in this project, I just kept going!

I love how versatile the Media range from DecoArt is. The difference in transparency of the paints lets you put layer upon layer and get some fab effects and here I’ve combined them with my favourite stamps and stencils. The addition of some spikes and faux screws treated with Andy Skinner’s faux rust technique adds to the juxtaposition between the feminine and masculine in the piece. You can find video tutorials for Andy’s techniques on YouTube.


  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paints: Payne’s Grey, Titan Buff, Quinacridone Red, Quinacridone Magenta, Pyrrole Orange, Diarylide Yellow, Carbon Black, Prussian Blue Hue, Quinacridone Gold, Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Permanent Mister: White Shimmer
  • DecoArt Media Tinting Base
  • DecoArt Andy Skinner Stencil: Route 66
  • Stampendous Andy Skinner Stamps: Curiosity, Toxic
  • Dare2BArtzy Totally Tracy Stamps: Textures
  • Canvas and MDF heart
  • Tando Creative Industrial Elements Chipboard Kit by Andy Skinner

Step-by-step instructions

1 Paint the canvas in Diarylide Yellow, Quinacridone Red, and Pyrrole Orange, in random patches. Don’t worry about lines and edges at this stage, or mixing the colours at the edges.

2 Spray with White Shimmer Mister – this gives a shimmer, and tones down your underneath layer. Spray a little, then wait for it to dry, before seeing if more is needed.

3 Add stamping and stencilling, in toning colours, and introduce patches of white or buff. Edge the canvas in diluted Quin. Magenta, by sideloading a brush with part paint part water, so it softens the edges.

4Add more focal stencilling, with the Route 66 stencil, using Tinting Base. If your stencilling isn’t bright enough, wait for it to dry then put the stencil back over and do another layer.

5Add stamped little dots in black, lines created with a credit card dipped in paint, and circles stamped with empty bottle lids, giving more depth and interest to the piece.

6Paint an MDF heart with a very thin coat of crackle paint to give tiny crackles. When dry repeat the painting and spraying process from steps 1 & 2.

7Stamp the heart all over with a background stamp, (Andy Skinner scratches) in Quinacridone Red. This fab stamp adds detail to anything!

8 Stamp/stencil the heart to tie in, adding a focal part of the Route 66 stencil. Edge with Payne’s Grey to look like a chipped surface. Repeat this edging on the main canvas.

9Add a shadow in Payne’s Grey/Quin.Magenta around the heart. Stamp the roulette wheel and add some ‘metal’ elements and Tando screws treated with a rust effect.


“A shadow around an area really makes that part ‘pop’ and draws the eye to your focal point. I added shading around the heart on my piece.”

Meet the author… Nikki Killinger

Nikki is a crafter with an enviable mix of skills, who can turn her hand to pretty much anything! As well as demonstrating on TV and teaching, she has an Etsy store selling quirky and unique handmade jewellery and is on the Design Team for Tando Creative.

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Big thanks to our wonderful sponsor DecoArt!


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