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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Closeup: Crackle!

I survived the "'round the county" dessert run and have been having fun with my buddy Jen Starr sending me "Elf Yourself" which is freaking hysterical! In the course of 20 minutes I had made one of my nieces, nephew and the new pup, Charlie, and there is also a "Scrooge Yourself" where I put Brian's picture in it...initially he didn't know who it was...! Here's another one, with Pearl, Oliver, Minnie and Foofie Toes, a.k.a. Moxie. It's off the charts!

Tim and I finally caught up on a new Tips and Techniques Sheet on the Distress Crackle Paint(tm). I am having so much fun playing with this paint. I know we've only scratched the surface on this so far...I get crazy imagining the possibilities. Here's some examples of some freshly painted tags. You'll note that the paint is initially quite shiny. It is self-leveling, minimizing the look of the paint strokes. I also like to paint in different directions or in a wavy pattern, such as here:
When the wavy paint dried, it created such a neat look, with the cracks "wavy"! How cool is the crackle? One thing that many people think is that the crackle they will achieve is such as that seen with other crackle products that are out there. Those pull away the paint to reveal what is underneath. This just cracks! Remember that the thicker is it applied, the bigger the cracks. Remember, though, that we're not talking the Mojave Desert-type of cracked earth-but crackled. It's a tactile, textural look and experience. Here's some closeups of crackle..they almost look like those things you see in magazines and on kids' shows: "Guess what this is?" Isn't it just neat to see hot it looks closeup? How I love my camera!
This is just too much fun! For some references to finished projects I've made with the Crackle Paint, look here, here and here on my blog! Have fun with family this weekend and hopefully have time to play and enjoy the time...
Crackly Hugs,
Robin

8 comments:

Rachel Greig said...

Wow - love those photos Robin! Definitely looks like cracked mud! (although different colors!)

Enjoy the cheesecake!

Wendy said...

GREAT photos & tips. THANKS!!
I am lovin' this product!
Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Have a GREAT day & a nice LONGGGG weekend.
Make ART!
Wendy

Wendy said...

Just HAD to come back for a quick inspiration...look!
STILL LOVE it!
Wendy

Margot Potter said...

I can't wait to make something cool with this stuff...it's awesome!

Great photos!

Love you,
Margot

cain81 said...

Robin,
Love your blog, I've been reading since my good friend Wendy Vecchi came back from the U. Love your project to her...fabulous work!
Had to tell you I am a hit this WE with the kids and the elfs! HA! We laughed til the tears rolled!! To Die For!
Thanks for the fun and inspiration,
Linda Cain

Jean said...

cool, Robin! and I love the elf thing!!! it is hysterical!

Lyn said...

I have used the crackle on several altered projects...have not even ventured to use it on paper yet...LOL! Thanks for showing it up close!

How was that cheesecake? (Good thing we have one in Freehold now, huh?)
Lyn

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