Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Bits & Bobs

Is it me or is it flipping cold today? Guess I have been used to the good weather we have been experiencing lately and it’s a bit of a shock to the system!

Anyway thought I would quickly share with you what I have been up to the past couple of days. First up is Tim Holtz Distress Crackle paints, I was lucky enough to be sent a few samples from PI to play with and I know many of you have been using them for a while now but I wanted to show you my way. 
I was a bit wary as I have used many crackle paints and not all of them do what they say on the tin!
The first experiment was On a Decopatch Papier Mache box.

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AS distress-crackle
I was really happy with the result and this is how I used it.
I first base coated with black acrylic paint…Americana of course! :) for two reasons, the first because black was the colour I wanted to show through the cracks and secondly I have always found crackle paints work better on sealed surfaces. The brush attached to the lid of the Weathered Wood crackle paint I found far too floppy as I wanted an even surface to stamp on so I used a regular 1/2 inch square brush, this made it much easier to get an even thickness. As soon as the cracks started to appear I blasted it with the heat gun to finish the process…so far so good, nice even cracks with the black showing through and a nice smoothish (It’s a new word…honest) surface. I then dry brushed with a little Americana Light Buttermilk and Burnt orange
Here is a close up of the crackle paint

I also tried this straight onto cardstock, it worked ok, the cracks were not as even and when I put it through the Andy test…(bending and scratching) the crackle paint started to come away so the next piece of cardstock I coated with Ranger Matte Glue & Seal first, this worked brilliantly!
I have to say I love this stuff..I have read that there have been issues with it drying up but I think Ranger have sorted that problem so its all good!

Ok next up is a wooden box I got from the Craft Barn, you can view it here.
This time gesso is the order of the day!

I have kept this box simples, I stamped into gesso and painted with Americana acrylic paint, another technique I will be demonstrating at the Craft barn extravaganza.
Finally a little bit of Tile Art…I love painting with acrylic paint on ceramic bisque, the two go together perfectly…if you have not tried it yet you really should give it a go!
This tile was decorated using Gesso, Americana acrylic paint, Alcohol Inks, Stazon White and Archival ink.

And this one for all the Rivet & Rust lovers out there! Acrylic, Distress crackle, Distress ink and Bits & Bobs!

You can get your tiles here!

Have a great day,



  1. Oh lovely work, the tile is my favourite. Looking forward to the Craft Barn and seeing more of your work.

  2. We should all do such "bits & bobs" Andy! Love them all and am going to seal my grungeboard next time I crackle it. Looking forward to catching up properly at the Craft Barn - if they don't split us up!!!
    Lindsay x x

  3. Beautiful work
    Love the "smoothish" surfaces lol.
    My favourite is the wooden box, luuurve it!

  4. busy busy. I like the look of that tile. never tried it before. I tried the Americana spray image transfer and failed dismally lol. maybe the tile will go better. love the crackle box and the rivets and rust.

  5. Great stuff Andy !! The finishes on these pieces are fantastic !

  6. Loving the new look of you blog! and loving the tile art!

  7. For those of us living in other countries. How did you create this beautiful piece


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