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If you have ever wanted to create a vintage crackle effect for your projects, then you have come to the right place. In today’s video tutorial I’ll show you a really quick and easy way to create a crackle with a vintage look and feel. Here’s the kind of look you can achieve with this technique.

Vintage Gold Crackle. Paint Effect

Vintage Gold Crackle. Paint Effect

You Will Need

  • Jar of water
  • Black mount board or chip board painted black
  • Palette Knife
  • Piece of rag or cloth for cleaning tools
  • Small pot or lid from plastic milk bottle to mix in
  • Palette to mix colour
  • Winsor & Newton: Galeria; Modelling Paste
  • Daler Rowney Interference colour: Shimmering Gold

Method

It’s easiest to understand with the video tutorial, but given the global nature of the internet, I’ll put written instructions in as well so if English isn’t the language you use, click on the translator tab at the side of the blog for translation.

Put some modelling paste into bottle top

Mix some Shimmering gold into the modelling paste, a little at a time

Apply the modelling paset onto the mount board using the palette knife (then put the knife into water so the paste doesn’t dry on to it)

Press another piece of black or dark coloured mountboard on to the paste, move the boards around a little to create more texture.

Peel the boards appart while the paste is still wet.

Set boards aside to dry. The gold colour will be more obvious once the paste has dried. Less paste will show more colour.

Options/Added Extras

Another way to add texture is using a scrunched up plastic bag. Apply layer of paste to the board, then while the paste is still wet, dab into it using the bag. As you lift the bag off it will leave texture on the board in the paste.

You will get different effects depending on

  • How much paste you apply to the boards
  • How long you wait before applying the board/bag
  • Experiment and see what effects you can create and which you like.

Links

For links to suppliers of modelling paste and acrylic paint, please check out the Art tab at the top of the blog.

You can also use the techniques I showed previously in my earlier films, to add different texture effects to your paste

  • Faux Crackle
  • Embossed Stone Texture

Hope you give this technique a try, it would be great to add small areas of texture to projects or as surface decoration to boxes and cards. Would love to see what you create using the technique, do let me know what you create.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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[Appologies for the delay in setting the second video to public, oops!! All sorted, it will work fine now].

As part of the Adventures in Acrylics online workshop series, I’d like to share a way to spice up your existing colour palette. This time with the help of metallic colours. If you are a colour magpie like me, and would love all your favourite colours as metallic or interference colours, there is an affordable way to do this. In today’s tutorial I’ll share another way to achieve this.

Make your Palette metallic with Winsor & Newton Galeria; Metallic colours

Make your Palette metallic with Winsor & Newton Galeria; Metallic colours

Earlier in the series, I showed how to use interference paint to take a regular palette of colours and give them a mica flip.

This is another option to take your colours and transform them into metallic colours of any hue.

You Will Need

  • Jar of water
  • Non stick craft sheet (for easy clean up)
  • Palette knife
  • Plate to mix on
  • Winsor & Newton Galleria acrylic paint. Options: Silver, Gold and Copper

Method

  • Put a small amount of gold paint onto your palette
  • Put a small amount of colour paint onto your pallet in a different area
  • Mix a small amount of metallic paint into your chosen colour.
  • Mix using the palette knife

If the colour you are mixing into is opaque and over powering the metallic, work in the other direction. Starting with the metallic colour and adding just a touch of your straight paint colour until you get the depth of colour you like.

The metallic colour shows up best on or over darker colours and surfaces.

Options/Added Extras

Experiment applying thin washes of metallic colour over surfaces painted in dark colours.

Try painting your surface in the metallic colour and adding a thin watery wash of colour to it. This will produce a more matt effect, but the metallic will show through more transparent colours.

Links

For suppliers and manufacturers, check out the Art – Supplies tab at the top of the blog

Hope you enjoy this tutorial and give it a try. Its fun to experiment mixing your supplies together. By varying the amounts of metallic and colour you can get a huge amount of options from just a few colours. :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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Earlier in the week, I gave you a selection of cards to help you gather supplies for your own custom-made creative retreat. In today’s episode; Follow your Dreams.

I know not all dreams are possible, but some ARE. Take one small step toward your dreams and it could change your life. Dreams are important, follow your dreams, the small ones, the achievable ones. The ones that will lead you to the bigger ones you never thought possible.

Print out the next set of cards to help you find your dreams. Write them down and you will then see the smaller steps that take you towards them.

Staycation Turned Art Retreat: Part 3; Follow your Dreams

Staycation Turned Art Retreat: Part 3; Follow your Dreams

How to Use

  • Click on the Download image you want to print, to open the picture to full size.
  • Right Click with your mouse and choose ‘Save As’ from the list of options.
  • Once it is on your machine, you can print it as, is or open a Word Processing programme and insert the image. This will give you more control of the final size of the page.

Options

  • You can of course use the retreat concept for any kind of creative style not just art.
  • Print out the new page and gather your dreams for S.T.A.R.

Hope you are playing along with STAR, what are your dreams?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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If like me you are staying at home this year, how about treating yourself to a creative retreat? Even better when its free. In the last episode we gathered our supplies, today lets explore Where to find Inspiration.You can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places and where you least expect to. Where do you find your inspiration?

Print out the next set of cards to help you find inspiration, useful when your mojo is a no-show ;)

Staycation Turned Art Retreat: Part 2; Finding Inspiration

Staycation Turned Art Retreat: Part 2; Finding Inspiration

How to Use

  • Click on the Download image you want to print, to open the picture to full size.
  • Right Click with your mouse and choose ‘Save As’ from the list of options.
  • Once it is on your machine, you can print it as, is or open a Word Processing programme and insert the image. This will give you more control of the final size of the page.

Options

  • You can of course use the retreat concept for any kind of creative style not just art.
  • Print out the new page and gather your inspiration for S.T.A.R.

Hope you are playing along with STAR, where do you find your inspiration, what inspires you? Join me in Part three for Following your Dreams.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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I was looking at Surface Treatment workshop book by Darlene Mc Elroy and Sandra Duran Wilson and they had a technique called pulled paper. In their technique, they were leaving traces of paper behind on a surface to make it look aged, but it gave me an idea for creating dimensional texture with texture paste.

This is a really simple technique but gives a pretty result that is random and interesting, I think it looks a little like that feathered kind of pattern you used to see on marbled paper. Perfect if you are new to texture paste.

You Will Need

  • Daler Rowney Texture Paste
  • Acrylic colour of your choice I’m using Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic paint as it has a flow formula
  • Plain Paper  or plastic food bag (like you put sandwiches in)
  • Mount board
  • Flat Palette knife; I’m using Langnickel K4

Method

I’m including written instructions so that if you struggle with English, do use the Translate this site to have the instructions in your chosen language :)

  • Apply a thick layer of texture paste to the mount board, using the palette knife
  • Allow the paste to sit for a moment or two, just till the first sheen goes off it.
  • Lay a piece of paper over the texture paste and smooth over GENTLY just to make sure the paper is in full contact with the whole surface of the board.
  • Carefully peel the paper off the board, in one direction and preferably in a single take.
  • Tis will leave a feather like texture in the paste
  • Allow this to dry fully and then paint over with your chosen colours.

Options/Added Extras

  • As an alternative to pressing paper into the paste, try using a plastic bag. Smooth it on and peel it back, this one can be used repeatedly.
  • Try scrunching up your paper before you apply it to the paste for a different effect
  • Vary how long you leave the paste before you apply the paper.
  • Try scrunching the bag up while it’s on the paste before you remove it for another look again
  • For a coloured background, mix your chosen colour of paint into the paste before you apply it to the board. This will lighten your colours as the texture paste is opaque.

Have fun and experiment, it’s often through ‘happy accidents’ that you find new techniques :) Here’s a few that I found while experimenting with texture paste for the first time.

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Links

Where to buy materials list

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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Texture paste is a fantastic way to add texture and dimension to art projects. Today’s tutorial will combine a variety of textures and colours in a simple but effective way to create a stone like effect. A great way to try texture paste for the first time.

You Will Need

  • Daler Rowney: Texture Paste
  • Embossed cardstock (I used 300 gsm card embossed in a Cuttlebug with my favorite folder)
  • Jar of water
  • Rag
  • Sponge
  • Royal Langnickel: K4 Palette knife
  • Heavy weight cardstock
  • Mount board or chip board
  • Palette
  • Winsor & Newton: Galleria Acrylic Paint; Paynes Grey, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber

Method

  • You will need a piece of dark embossed cardstock. I used a piece of 300 gsm card, which I embossed using a Cuttlebug die cutting machine and my favorite embossing folder. You could also use textured wall paper if you wish. (see my other videos for how to emboss cardstock. I’ll add link at the end).
  • Apply a layer of texture paste over the whole of the embossed surface of the card. You don’t need too heavy an application, you still want to be able to see the embossing through it.
  • While the paste is still wet, apply bubble wrap over the card stock and pull it up off the piece, this adds light texture. For a less uniform pattern, you could also use plastic bag to dab on to the surface.
  • Allow the paste to dry overnight. Drying time may be faster if you have a thin application or are in a warm climate. Do not force the paste dry with a heat gun. (Oh ok, just a little but only if you have a gentle one and DON’T over heat it.)
  • Apply paynes grey gently over the high areas of the embossing, this will bring out the pattern and also the texture.
  • Allow each colour to dry before you add the next or they will blend rather than layer
  • In a few places add some Burnt Sienna
  • In a few places add some Raw umber, this is also useful to tone down any overly bright areas.

When you are happy with the look, allow all the layers to dry fully and then glue the finished piece onto sturdy card such as mount board or chip board.

Options/Added Extras

For a more distressed darker look, add extra Raw Umber around the edges of the board.

If you find it gets out of control and you have heavier applications of colours that you don’t like (yes this happened to me! when I tried this on a larger piece). Water down your Paynes Grey on the palette and apply a light colour wash over the piece. Dab into it using the rag, to vary the depth of tone.

Here’s what that does to your piece.

Grunged version of embossed stone

Grunged version of embossed stone

Experiment with different tools to apply your texture paste and different mark making items to vary the textures you get. It’s so much fun to put a layer down and see what you can do with it. The texture paste is quite forgiving as long as you put it onto a sturdy surface. Use it on mountboard to have more ‘fiddle’ time, without the tearing the card apart. I do sometimes experiment till a card gives up (not always intentionally) but that’s a great way to learn.

Here’s the book I made with my panel to store my sketches in.

Embossed stone book

Embossed stone book

Have fun experimenting and I’d love to see what you create with texture paste, do leave me a comment and show me what you have made.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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If you love the texture of crackle but would like a fuss free way to create it, check out this video tutorial for creating texture with gesso. This is a dimensional paint effect so not one to stamp or journal over, but it makes a fantastic tactile finish.

Faux Crackle paint effect. The really EASY way

Faux Crackle paint effect. The really EASY way

You Will Need

  • Daler Rowney Gesso; White
  • Broad Palette knife. I’m using Langnickel K4
  • Rag
  • Jar of water
  • Non stick craft sheet
  • Palette
  • Paint colours of your choice

Method

I’ve included a written version of the instructions so those who need to can use the translate this site, to have the instruction in your chosen language.

  • Apply a generous layer of gesso to your mount board using the palette knife.
  • Using the flat face of the knife pat/dab into the gesso, this will leave a texture in the surface. Vary the pressure for different sizes of texture.
  • Continue until you have an effect you like and allow to dry.
  • For a coloured background add a light wash, then use a rag or sponge to apply colour just to the raised areas of the texture.

Options/Added Extras

  • For a coloured background texture, mix your colour into the gesso, bear in mind the colour will appear lighter as gesso is opaque.
  • Put a small amount of gesso in a separate container and add particles of sand or glass beads for a different more textured result.

Links

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, would love to see what you create using the techniques shown.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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