Thursday, 6 November 2014

CC3C - Challenge 14

Hi All,

This challenge is coloured crackle, see page 53 of Tims Compendium of Curiosities.  At a recent craft fair I purchased some Christmas 'Words'  These are made of MDF and have a small stand so they can be used as table decorations, this seemed the perfect technique to alter them so here we go...

So, I first painted the word and the base with white gesso then, using a combination of dusty concord, salty ocean and broken china distress paint I crackled and coloured using the coloured crackle technique.  Once the crackle was dry I fixed the word to the base.  I seem to have got quite a nice crackle this time, I think it depends on the thickness of the product.

Using some of Tims woodland trees I coloured them using the evergreen bough distress spray, turning my fingers green at the same time, and left them to dry.  When the ink was dry I used a sort of dry brushing effect to put some snow on the trees, I also added a little glitter before the snow was dry.

Once all the pieces were dry I added the trees and a snowman, that I had on the Christmas cake last year, and a small robin to the piece.  Then I added more snow round the base of the pieces, trees and snowman and alone the tops of the word as though it had been in a snow storm.

I painted some chipboard snowflakes with broken china distress paint and sprinkled some glitter into the paint before it dried just for a little festive sparkle.  These were then added to the word here and there.

This is the first of my Christmas preparations done but I now know what I'm going to do with the other two word plaques that I purchased, Noel and Santa.

As usual there are some stunning examples from the Curiosity Crew, Thanks Linda for the chance to see such fabulous work.  Also thanks to The Funkie Junkie for sponsoring this challenge.

Right where did I put the  distress crackle paint....



  1. This is gorgeous!! The color choices are fabulous with the colored crackle technique. Love it!!

  2. Love how blended your colors for the crackle, Lyn. Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at CC3C!

  3. Lyn...this is absolutely darling! Your crackled SNOW really gives that cold and frosty feeling! What a great find at your craft show. You've given those MDF letters such a festive feeling! Thanks for sharing this adorable holiday decor piece with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  4. Super fun! I love the mix of colors with the crackle. Great home decor piece for the holidays!