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July 25, 2016 2 Comments
Hello texture and mixed media art supply fans!
Today, let’s explore a variety of art supplies on top of the new DecoArt Media Crackle Paste!
If you are not sure what crackle paste is all about, it gives your surface a broken eggshell like texture once it’s dry. Take a peek at the picture below.
To play along with me, here are the supplies you’ll want to gather:
9x12 inch canvas board or panel, Dina Wakley heavy body paints, Dye-na-flow liquid color, Ranger Archival Ink Re-inker, crackle paste, a palette knife, Kaleidoscope Series stencils from artistcellar.com, a cosmetic wedge, a Koi Brush Pen, and a few random inexpensive acrylic paints.
In case it’s helpful for reference, here’s the back of the canvas board I used:
I decided to apply a coat of acrylic paint first. I chose to use red paint as the under layer. Once the paint was dry, I applied the crackle paste over the entire canvas, using a palette knife. Some areas were thicker than others, but no spot was too thick, as I wanted it to dry quickly.
After the crackle paste was mostly dry, I applied some light blue Apple Barrel acrylic paint and some neon orange acrylic paint from Target.
In a dry spot, I decided to try out a Koi Brush Pen to see how it would respond to the crackle paste. I was impressed with the color saturation. I also love the transparency of the marker, which allows the cracks to show through well. (See below)
The crackle surface intrigues me, so I wanted to try another mixed media supply that I love: Ranger Archival Ink Re-Inker. The re-inker has a fine applicator, so drawing a shape, like a circle, is fun and easy to do.
What I loved about this medium with the crackle paste was how the ink started to instantly spread underneath. The dark ink really made the “crackle” stand out. See close-up below:
Next I added some Dye-na-flow –yellow drips and green splotches. I wanted to see if it would bleed like the re-inker. Guess what? It did!
I played around with some Dina Wakley acrylic paint. Sometimes I watered it down with a wet brush so it wouldn’t be too opaque over the “crackles”.
Now, it’s stencil time! I added parts of Black Orchid stencil from the Kaleidoscope Series, using a cosmetic wedge and blue acrylic paint.
This canvas panel is not complete, but my mixed media experiments over crackle paste are finished for now.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Stop over on OrangeSpiralArts.com to see the finished canvas piece!
Happy creating and experimenting with the lovely supplies over at artistcellar.com!
July 28, 2016
Great overview of layering with the crackle paste and different products
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August 01, 2016
Thank you so much for your comment, Stephanie! I am glad you liked the post.