Over on UK Scrappers I have been taking part in a chunky ATC swap. ATC's are usually cards 2.5 in x 3.5 in but chunkies add a whole new dimention - they are wooden blocks 1.5 inches thick, giving much more scope for decorating!
My swap partner specified a Baroque theme in red and black. Now, I really didn't know what she wanted by this, and to me baroque is all about highly decorative architecture so this was the route I took.
Firstly, my block was coated in gesso, then all the edges were painted in black acrylc with an overbrushing of an old gold acrylic.
Next I took my decorative elements including flourishes, frame and a pillar from a dolls house shop cut in half, and painted the. The pillar got undercoated in gold, then a crackly medium was added before a black top coat. The other bits were painted in black and a tiny bit of the gold gently brushed over with my fingertip to pick out the detail.
In the meantime, the chunky was covered in pieces of suitable scrapbook paper. Once everything dried the pillars were added to the sides.
After this I just went ahead and played about with placement of all my chosen embellishments, once I was happy they were all glued in place and the finished chunky went winging its way to its new home.