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Hello again!

This week I started a pretty big project. I wanted to turn a vintage vinyl record binder into an art journal. It's a perfect fit, each page around 12 x 12, and it has HUGE POCKETS!

When I finish, it will be an Alice In Wonderland themed altered art book.

How exciting, right?

So, I finished the front cover, but needed something on the inside cover of the book. I picked up a brown paper sack with a handle, (when in Wonderland, you'll likely need a bag to carry home your treasures) and started painting on it with a super shabby layer of white gesso on the top half of the bag. On the bottom half, I applied a layer of DecoArt Media Crackle Paint, and a bit of DecoArt Media Crackle Paste.

With crackle paste, the thicker the layer - the more dramatic cracking effect you will have. That's why I like to apply it with a palette knife. When dried, it makes for some incredible texture!

Once it was completely dry, I randomly sprayed the bag with Dylusions spray in "After Midnight" and "Vibrant Turquoise". Then I grabbed a textured paper towel and mopped up the excess. That paper towel also created its own effect, which I really liked. 

Keep in mind, Dylusions will react with your next layers, so when you spray it - mean it! It has to be something you can live with later. 

From here, I used modeling paste with the Artistcellar "Ocean Waves" stencil. I just scraped the paste through the stencil with a palette knife and then brought in some more white gesso to block out some of the heavy color background for lettering! I also brought in some Dye-Na-Flow in "Midnight Blue" and finished it off with some lettering with a black acrylic paint marker. My marker was quitting on me, so it made the lettering a little splotchy, but I liked that effect here. 

Next, I glued the bag to the inside cover of my book, and I plan to fill it with a fun surprise. Perhaps Alice In Wonderland paper dolls? 


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, 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 to see the finished canvas piece!

Happy creating and experimenting with the lovely supplies over at!