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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an eclectic kind of crafter delving into many pots. I am just about managing to keep up my Scrapbooking Diary (usually about 6 months behind), plus any cards as required. I have a new found love of Watercolour and Bible Journaling plus recently Faith/Art Journaling too. I've challenged myself to make an art journal page a day for this my 60th year. Previously I've also dabbled in ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Mixed Media, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband, our son has left home now. For exercise I usually play Badminton and go Ballroom and Latin Dancing. I also like walking/Geocaching and sometimes do a bit of Bouncing on my Rebounder (mini trampoline). I have been learning to play the harp for the past 10yrs. I am now officially retired. I am a born again Christian, currently worshiping at my local Vineyard Church.

Tuesday 6 August 2013

Craft Club Crackle & Micro Beads

At Ashtead Craft Club last week we learnt how to crackle. We used chipboard diecut shapes pre-cut or cut using the Cuttlebug and the big steel edge dies from Sizzix. Chipboard is advised as the paints are quite wet and thinner card can warp too much. Cardboard box card is fine.

We tried the Tim Holtz crackle paint  which comes in a pot and you just paint it on with the brush provided in the lid and wait (or use heat tool carefully if impatient!). I did the 2 seahorses with this medium. After it had dried and crackled nicely we used some metallic rub-ons on top which emphasise the cracks and adds further dimension.

I only have the clear rock candy crackle paint so it was good to try the coloured versions. Bet I could just mix some paint in mine though, even distress paint (must give that a go).

The other technique was using PVA glue and acrylic paint. First you cover your chipboard piece with a darker coloured acrylic paint and let it dry thoroughly. Then you cover it with a layer of PVA glue and let it dry only until it is tacky. Finally you cover it again with a lighter colour of acrylic paint. Again you can wait for the cracks to appear or chivvy along with a heat tool. I did the heart and butterfly this way.

Finally we were allowed free reign with MICRO BEADS! I don't have any of these so great to try something new. You just add PVA to where you want the beads, use a tray to catch the excess and pour them on. They do have a life of their own and tend to become a little static so beware!

Fortunately I had a pot to take my pieces home as the micro beads didn't all stick. I had a mix of blue, green and copper meads left in my pot.  To fix the beads I sprayed them with hairspray and that had the added effect of making the colour bleed a little which I rather liked. See butterfly before/after pictures above.

As I was doing an orange scrap-page of a friend's new baby I thought the heart I'd made would be just the right embellishment. However, as I wanted to balance the page I painstakingly separated the spare copper beads and made up two other hearts with them. Well worth the effort.


Anne said...

Love these ideas and you results with then BJ. Anne x

Karen said...

I use crackle quite often but I really like the effect of spraying those micro beads BJ. Little blighters get everywhere don't they haha xxx

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love crackle but find that it dries out too quickly.
But mostly I came by to say thank you for opening your heart to me when commenting on my blog post today.
Sending healing thoughts your way,