Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Take one old picture frame.

I thought I would have a little experiment of making my own Crackle Paint
using Acrylic paint and PVA glue.
So I popped down the local charity shop and bought an old frame for 50p.
(last of the big spenders me!!)

I had  bought 2 frames the same and this is actually  the 2nd one 
 as I forgot to take a photo of the one  I used 
before I painted and added the embellishments.
Anyways there are loads of videos on You tube showing the technique.
I first dismantled the picture. I have kept the one in there for later use.
I then painted the frame with a coat of yellow acrylic paint.
I used 'Jo Sonja' paints for this.
Once dry I gave a liberal coating of PVA glue  all over
and whilst  this was still wet coated with a further acrylic  paint.
This time I used dark brown as I wanted the yellow to show through.
The crackle amazingly starts to work almost straight away but I
left to dry over night and was pleased with the results.
This is a great saving so will be using this technique all the time in future.
No more expensive pots of crackle glaze  for me. 
Tip. I wanted my crackle to run the same way as the grain of the wood
so painted the PVA glue on the same way.
If you want a more bark like appearance and small crackle lines  then paint
the PVA on  first one way and then the other.
I stamped the picture using Chocolate Baroque's
'Harebell Butterfly' stamp set
using Distress Ink in Walnut Stain.
The flowers were coloured using Distress Marker Pens.
I wanted the scene to have an Autumn feel to it
so instead of using blue for the Harebells I went with
Tea Dye and pulled the colour out with picket fence
to make the flowers look like they were faded out.
The butterflies were coloured in using SU Stampin Pastels.
These have been in my stash for years and are a NBUS.
(Never Before Used Schtuff).
Background was given a very light brush over with pale blue pastel.
The sunflowers were made using
Cheery Lynn designs DL 121 Sunflower die.

I stamped another butterfly out from the set and fussy cut and popped him
on the top of the frame  as if he had just settled there.

This is to showcase my  Butterfly challenge #15
which is to use  Autumn colours on your butterfly.

Entering into the following challenges:

Darnell's challenge#2 Never before used schtuff
Cheery lynn Designs #15 Die cut flowers.
Lexi's Creations #125 Autumn colours.
Make My Monday #  Autumn fall colours.
Die Cuttin Divas #184 Fall is here.
The East Wind #15 Feel the fall.
Crafting For All Seasons #86 Colours of autumn.
Scrappers Delights #32 anything goes/ or no design paper.
Simply Create Too # Fall/autumn.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #143 use up your scraps. (yellow/orange divider card pieces).
One Stitch At A Time #220 Anything goes with a flower.
Our creative corner # Autumnal image.
Seemacrafts # Autumn is coming.
The Mirror Crack'd #1 Anything (mixed media ) goes.


Carol said...

This looks wonderful Mrs A, must try it using PVA. Hope you're feeling better. Carol x

Debbie said...

Stunning transformation Mrs A.
Love taking something simple and making it look lovely and you certainly did that. Gorgeous. debbiex

Ann said...

A great improvement - now a special gift instead of a boring picture frame. That was 50p very well spent!

Jo said...

wow! what a transformation, and looks fabulous! xx

Ali said...

What a wonderful transformation. I love the autumnal design.
Ali xx

shulsart said...

Great job on the picture frame, love the crackle wood look. Gorgeous sunflowers and butterfly. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

Lula said...

Your own crackle paint works fantastic! Beautiful frame! Thanks for joining The Mirror Crack'd challenge.

Carol S. said...

Gorgeous frame. The crackle effect also works with emulsion paint and PVA glue. Thanks for joining us at Crafting For All Seasons. Hugs, Carol S. DT

Darnell said...

It's amazing to me that you can do such a marvelous trick to an old frame, Mrs. A.! Your new butterfly work of art is magnificent!! I especially adore the last butterfly that just happened to come by for his picture. Serendipity!! (Design genius!)

Hey, I see that you are almost at the 300 follower milestone! Congratulations!! Thank you so much for playing in my second NBUS Challenge! Hugs, Darnell

Di said...

Great stuff Mrs A!! What a clever alternative to crackle glaze too :)

Hugs, Di xx

Brenda in IN said...

Another WOW project from you!! The frame is fantastic and the picture is gorgeous. I truly love those sunflowers.

Kathleen said...

What a great transformation and such a lovely image, gorgeous sunflowers.

Kath x

Claudia N. said...

Great crackle effect!

Thanks for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner!

Claudia x

Sandra H said...

Oh my goodnesss Mrs A this is such a transformation it's well worth paying the distressed look on the frame is gorgeous ....beautiful sunflowers and Butterflies and that 2nd butterfly does look like it had landed their .....truly is beautiful xx

Cec said...

I love how your frame turned out. You have created a lovely fall decor piece with some fun techniques. Thanks for joining us at The Mirror Crack'd.

Unknown said...

Wow so different might have to have a go at this thanks for joining us at seemacrafts bwcka dt x

Susanne Rose said...

Wow! Super cool! That's such a great idea! Thanks for sharing this gorgeous frame on The Mirror Crack'd Challenge Blog. Have a nice day, Susanne.

Sherry said...

Don't you just love it when a plan works out!! Fabulous job. I like the rich dark brown you used and it's an altogether lovely piece.

It's great finding alternatives like this as the little pots of crackle glaze etc are not only v expensive, but tend to dry up on me before I've used them. Thanks for the tip :) xx

Unknown said...

lovely project, thanks for joining us for the seemacraft design challenge

pauline said...

Stunning ,Thank you for joining in Seemacrafts Autumn challenge ,PaulineMargaret DT member

Juliz Design Post said...

Love that frame, fab effect and yes probably better than some crackles. Your sunflowers are a nice splash of colour on your frame. Good luck with the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs.
Julie x

Crafting Vicky said...

WOW this is totally gorgeous!!!! Love the crackle finish!

Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at The East Wind. Hope you will join us next time DT Crafting Vicky.

CraftyGirl said...

Wow, beautiful job on this frame. I may have to give it a try soon. Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!


CraftyGirl OSAAT DT

Sarn said...

Beautiful transformation Mrs A. Thanks for sharing how you did it too.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sarah said...

Great upcycle! Well worth that 50p! Thanks for joining Die Cuttin' Divas!

Sarah, GDT

Unknown said...

Awesome project!!!! Thanks for joining in this months challenge on Seemacrafts. Hugs, Donalda DTM

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Mrs A
Wow, what a great idea. Looks terrific and my word, a whole heap cheaper than crackle glaze.
Best wishes.
Ang x

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

That looks amazing! What a beautiful project! X

Karen Petitt said...

Stunning, absolutely stunning! I happen to have found some frames and other things that I can alter this week - I know where to come to when I get stuck! Love this so much Karen x

JD/ Jill said...

Your project turned out very pretty!

Marina said...

Wow, what a transformation - gorgeous!
Thank you for joining us at Make My Monday. Marina DT

Chriss America Real said...

I am totally & completely impressed! Now I want to make one too! This is just so lovely! Thank you for sharing it with the Stitchy Angel Design Team!


Chriss – OSAAT Design Team

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Fantastic alteration to the frame, the crackle paint worked fantastically.
Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Mirror Crack'd.
Haooy crafting, Angela x

Rhonda Van Ginkel said...

What a beautiful frame and I love the cheerful sunflowers you've added!!! Thanks so much for joining us in our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs this week.

Debbie Adams said...

Wow, this is just stunning. :D Your frame turned out lovely, so awesome.
I love the picture inside the frame, its gorgeous.
Thank you for joining us at One Stitch At A Time Challenge.
Deborah DT

Greta said...

I am completely in awe, Mrs. A! Incredible project--love the beautifully colored butterflies!

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

The crackle effect is beautiful Mrs A, the butterfly makes it special.

Warm hugs

Nikki Byrne said...

Stunning altered project :) Thank you for joining us this challenge at OSAAT and good luck. Hugs NIKKI DT

Lin said...

Oh wow, what a gorgeous creation. Your home made crackle looks amazing, and I love the soft autumnal colourway.

Thank you so much for supporting our first ever challenge, we really hope to see you back again.

The Mirror Crack'd

Pat (mspfd) said...

Lovely work. Thanks for joining us for the Simply Create Too Challenge #70.

Irina Gerschuk said...

Oh, amazing project!!!
Thank you for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs!