Tuesday 22 August 2017

Technique Tuesday #6 - Weathered Wood Crackle - DecoArt


1. Coat the substrate with gesso to seal it and then apply a coat of tinting base and cobalt teal mixed together.

2. Apply a layer of candle wax and then paint a layer of tinting base mixed with cobalt teal and yellow green light, heat dry and rub with a piece of kitchen towel to expose some of the colour underneath.

3. Mix some quinacridone and paynes grey together to create a 'dirty wash' and paint it over the surface. You will see the wax repel it but take a heat gun and a piece of kitchen roll and dab and dry it at the same time to create these dirty speckles.

4. Apply a yer of weather wood crackle medium which will also be repelled by any wax residue, let it dry naturally or help it along with some gentle warmth from your heat gun held high and away from the surface. You'll see where it is from the shine left on the substrate.

5. Apply some more candle wax randomly over the surface - remember the places that you rub hardest will be the areas that should be exposed. Now apply a layer of titanium white. You'll almost immediately see some cracking appear from the weathered wood. Leave it to continue cracking naturally for a few minutes ......

6. .... then repeat the drying and rubbing process as in #2 above. I didn't get as much cracking as I wanted and I think there were two things that prevented this - one is I probably rubbed in too much candle wax and should have kept more of the area free from it and two, I overworked the titanium white when I painted it on - but practice makes perfect.

7. I finished by blending over some ground espresso distress ink and spritzed it with water ....

8. .... before dabbing and drying it at the same time to achieve a more grungier look.

But of course you could leave it nice and shabby clean looking as in step 6 if you wanted to and seal it with a coat of ultra matte varnish. To seal the grungier one use a spray dealer like the DecoArt Americana spray sealer.

Here's the graphic if you are pinning the series.

Products used are mostly from DecoArt
Tinting Base
Media Acrylics - Cobalt Teal, Yellow Green/Gold, Titanium white, Quinacridone Gold and Paynes Grey.
Weathered Wood Crackle Medium
These can be bought from Country View Crafts.

Thanks for stopping by today and for all the lovely comments you are leaving on the techniques each week.

See you again soon.

hugs Brenda xxx


Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Great tutorial Brenda, love it to bits and must give it a go. Happy crafty week, Angela xXx

Monika Gulyas said...

Wow, this looks really weathered, really grungy!!! Great tutorial, Brenda!!! xx

Nikki Acton said...

Another stunning technique.Shall be taking that one! Xx

Annie said...

Thank You for sharing this fabulous technique Brenda...Its great to view other ways to use a product. Fabulous

Sending Huge Hugs
Annie xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Wow! This looks great!

Sue said...

This is wonderful Brenda, very shabby chic. I'm really enjoying your techniques xx

Redanne said...

Another brilliant tutorial Brenda, love this technique! Hugs, Anne xx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Fantastic tutorial Brenda, one of my very favourite techniques :)
Donna xx

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, this is amazing!! Wow!! I love the technique!! I'm bookmarking this to try it but I know mine will never turn out as fabulous as yours!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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sarascloset said...

Brenda, I am just so amazed at your level of creativity, and your willingness to share these techniques with us! This one is truly a favorite, and now I will have to do a little shopping to get a few of these products. Gorgeous, gorgeous grungy results! Sending big grateful hugs!

Jackie PN said...

WOW! Totally looks like aged wood with paint peeling off- well done! Gorgeous palette again Brenda- Loving on the blue hues!
Jackie xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Looks fantastic Brenda, so textural. Tracy x

A Pink said...

Fabulous technique , terrific result! Brenda. Using the candle wax reminded me of the batik I used to do back at college . Great post - thanks for sharing .
hugs x