A Heart You Can Feel by Karen Elaine

Hello again Creative Spirits! I love experimenting with new supplies and techniques especially when I don’t have a goal or project in mind. I thought it would be fun to try the DecoArt Media Crackle paste on one of the finished Mineral Paper sheets from my May 24th post. Mineral Paper comes in pads as well as origami paper which is a perfect size for the 6” Artistcellar stencils.

I applied a medium coat of paste on the mineral paper sheet over one of the stencils from the Kaleidoscope series (Sunflower) with a palette knife and lifted the stencil off carefully. I really liked the bright white paste and the texture was different than other crackle mediums I have tried.

While the paste was drying, the mineral paper buckled quite a bit then and flattened out again. Let the paper dry until completely flat before doing the next step. The cracks that had formed on the surface of the mineral paper looked really cool but was a little too pasty white for my taste.

I applied a wash of magenta and blue Splash Ink over the paste which really brought out the details of the cracks. I love the way the color settled into the lines and stained the paste just enough to make it blend with the background.

I thought of many ways I could use the finished sheet in a collage or a background for a card but I couldn’t help to fold it into a heart instead. I wanted to see how the crackle paste would hold up to folding and I was surprised that it stayed on the paper with very little coming off during creasing. I like the way the folded heart feels on my fingers as I move them across the surface. If you would like to fold this super easy heart, you can find the directions here.


Lisa Cousineau
Lisa Cousineau


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