Thursday, 9 March 2017
Spring time decor ...
Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’m continuing my mixed media experiments and I am a bit obsessed with crackle paint/paste, lol, and I wanted to create something for our home that is bright and cheerful and reminiscent of springtime and here it is …
A piece for our home
Love the flowers and bird
Lots of texture and embellishing
I am happy with my watercolouring on the flower
Lovely little crackles!
I used my hummingbird mould and air dry clay, lovely depth the mould has
A final look, I am happy with the end result
Created for me and especially for these Challenges
All Aboard for the Birthday Challenge Celebration
Country View Crafts Challenge Inspired by Tim Holtz
Creative Artiste Challenge #24 Anything Mixed Media Goes
I was inspired by the lovely shades of blue. I don’t own any of your products, yet!
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Welcome Spring
Mixed Media World Challenge MMW#22 Mixed Media Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge make your own background
Stamping Sensations Challenge Close to Nature
Stamps & Stencils Challenge Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
I want/need to do this again and soon. It’s an awesome crackle, the best I have achieved, I love it! I shared a heart hanging in mid February which I altered using Indigo Blue stencil, stamps and the other side with a Stamplorations stencil. I have several of these left to decorate. I purchased a pack of these hearts that I planned to alter with UTEE years ago but I didn’t like how the UTEE warped the heart and sometimes it cracked off. I have a box of chipboard pieces that have languished in a box in my craft room, no more, lol.
And this is how I did it:
1. Applied white gesso on the heart and used my brayer to cover it.
2. I used my heat tool to dry it.
3. Applied acrylic brown paint to the heart and used my brayer again and quickly heat dried.
4. I applied the DecoArt Crackle paste. In some areas there was a thin amount of crackle paste and in others thicker, because I wanted to see what would happen.
5. Left it overnight to dry because I’m not sure how the paste would react if I heat dried it.
6. I removed the lid from my favourite Distress paint, peacock feathers, and put some of the paint on the heart. I left it to dry for about five minutes, but it may have been a little longer as I was going with it and I lost track of time.
7. I used a baby wipe to remove some of the excess paint. The whiter areas are smaller crackle and the larger crackles are more peacock feather in colour.
8. I stamped the flower twice onto white card snippets and coloured with my Distress stains.
9. I have a box of my air dry clay embellishments ready but not painted so I applied a light layer of black acrylic and applied Pebeo Dyna iridescent acrylics to colour him.
10. At the same time that I added crackle paste to the large heart I applied it to two small die cut hearts. I coloured the little hearts with my Distress stains and left them to dry.
11. I had a couple of Wild Orchid Crafts flowers that had gotten a little battered so I decided to colour them with my Distress stains and put them to one side to dry.
12. Once everything was dry I tried different layout of the embellishments until I was happy, took a photo with my mobile, it helps lol!
13. I turned the heart over and attached the organza ribbon using double sided tape. I used an old battered piece of patterned paper to cover the back which just so happens to hide the ribbon.
14. I attached the embellishments to the heart using a wet glue and once dry I photographed it.
It took me some time but I had so much fun playing with my DecoArt crackle paste and Tim Holtz paints and stains. I must admit I am in love with the end result, hopefully more like this will follow soon. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x
Leonie Pujol stamp set: Entwined Beautiful Bloom
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine Issue 9 heart dies
MISTI; Brayer; Silicone mould; Heat tool
Paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress paint: peacock feathers
Distress stains: picked raspberry; spun sugar
Pebeo Dyna iridescent acrylics: Blue Black, Blue Green, Green Yellow
DecoArt Americana acrylic: black
Wild Orchid Crafts: Chrysanthemums
Pink Micro Beads
DecoArt white crackle paste
Air Dry Clay
Stickles glitter glue: Platinum
Ranger Glossy Accents
Pinflair 3D glue gel
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape