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Wednesday 4 February 2015

Dabbling with DecoArt

Well over my time out from blogland , I felt I wanted to play with something new to keep the old grey cells going....I had briefly tried some of Andy Skinner Timeworn Techniques but never found the time to really play....now I had a break from blogland and had a break from crafting...the need to get painty and inky was back...so playtime...some kind words from Mark Gould and I was off to dabble....

Armed with some new DecoArt goodies thanks to my lovely hubbie...I set too, to just play..and here is the first piece finished..be gentle!

So I didn't have a total end in mind, just to play with the paints and mediums and see where I ended up ....I wanted to play with some colour...and lots of the yummy texture creating mediums....

I coated my mdf board with some gesso and then applied some crackle paste in places and also some modelling paste , stippled in opposite corners...just playing to see what happened...

I then added colour over the whole piece... and built up the layers of colour using a brush and also rubbing some of the colour on using my fingertip.... I used blue green light, cobalt turquoise hue and cobalt teal hue. Then some quinacridone gold, all from DecoArt media line .

....around the edges I applied some crackle paste and layers of paint.....

Just love the crackle , yummy! I love the smudgy feel of applying some of the layers of paint with my fingertip , rather than a brush..

So here are some close ups of the finished piece... I used a technique from Andy Skinner's Timeworn course...so cannot divulge the details but details of the course can be found here.

 For some of the idea-ology and die cuts I dry brushed some additional paint over them.

Here is the difference in the finish of the cogs... I used a splatter brush over the background to splatter paint across the background.. and aged the word band using some paint rubbed across using my fingertip.

Here is a close up of the stippled texture of the modelling paste which..I so want to play with some more...and this piece was all about playing and experimenting..

I used some of Brett Weldele's stamps and felt this ship's captain and the tentacles fitted the background colours... I coloured the images using distress markers.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by...I hope you like the first results of my playtime!

keep those fingers inky and painty!
and those hearts full.x
trace x


  1. Great to see you getting messy,love all that texture and added age. X looks like you had loads of fun, Ill look forward to seeing what's next x

  2. This is stunning Trace,lovely grunginess and rusting effects
    Lovely to have you back in blogland ;)
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  3. Beautiful piece of Art love the crackle look it really stands out . Never tried the deco art paints but after seeing this will be giving them a try . Thanks for the step by step tutorial

  4. Fantastic piece Trace! Super crackle and rusty techniques, fabulous!!!

  5. Gorgeous I so enjoyed a day course back in August with Mr S - love all the layers and overall aged effect good to see you back in blogland xx

  6. Great texture on this piece Trace and imlove the colours. Aren't the DecoArt products fabulous, hope,you continue to enjoy and get time to play . Tracy x

  7. Love all those awesome finishes, amazing!!!

  8. Wow oh wow Trace, this is gorgeous! I love the colours you used, the Quinacridone gold is one of my favourites too. This is so beautiful, I love the random crackling, it looks wonderful. Have you thought about joining the DecoArt Blogger Outreach programme? It might be worth considering..... Great job with those paints Trace. Nice to see you back too. Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Lurve all the ruuust serously, the rust is amazing - I almost expect it to mark my fingers as I scroll!

    X Sally

  10. Love the techniques and the colours too - fab project xx GailT xx

  11. this is wonderful Trace - brilliant crackle - it looks awesome! Fabulous and so glad you've had some playtime. Hugs rachel x

  12. MOST awesome and totally realistic on those gears!

  13. Wow! Back with a bang Trace, this is stunning!!! xxx

  14. Lots to admire on this piece Trace and thank you for sharing how you made it

    Love Chrissie

  15. gorgeous.. you go play again! :)

  16. Stunning make Trace and your textured areas/colour palette are indeed yummy :-)
    Great composition. Lovely to see you back in Blogland

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  17. Love the rusty effects and fab crackle - don't you just love the DecoArt mediums? A really great combination with those seaman stamps - it has the perfect feel to it. So lovely to see you get some time to play and experiment - bravo!
    Alison xx

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  19. Beautiful texture and detail- this is amazing!

  20. This is a stunning piece! I adore it! Wonderful work, Amazing background! A piece of art! BArbarayaya

  21. Fabulous project I love the texture and the colours, thank you for sharing

  22. I LOVE textures and colours...amazing piece!
    Best wishes from Slovenia

  23. Oh the joy of just playing! This is a rusty masterpiece my super talented friend. Jenny x


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