Tuesday, September 30, 2008

decoupage crackle finish-decorative box

Decoupage-crackle finish technique


wooden box
acrylic paints(brown,cream,metalic gold
colored photocopy
decoupage glue
sand paper
crackle medium
crackle varnish 2
oil paints-linseed oil
1-Sand the box,remove the dust with a tack cloth or damp rag.Apply acrylic paint(cream color on the top)(apply brown acrylic paint inside of the box.).Let it dry. Apply 2 times.
2-Decoupage:Cut out picture.
3-Brush backside of the picture with decoupage glue or medium.Apply to the box and smooth out any air bubbles.Brush with more glue on the top,Then let it dry.
4-Crackle finish:Apply crackle varnish-2 one coat.Paint lightly and in one direction only.Don't go over the same area twice with your paint brush.Let dry.Apply crackle medium.To create small cracks,use a thin coat.If you'd prefer larger cracks,apply a thicker coat.Let dry.Wait the recommended drying time.
5-Apply oil paint over the crackling medium.Then wipe off the excess paint with linseed oil.
6-Apply two coats of varnish for protection.

Friday, September 26, 2008

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

paper napkin decoupage lamp

paper napkin decoupage lamp

ceramic lamp
decorative napkins
glass cleaner
paper towels
napkin decoupage glue
paints(acrylic colors)-white,gold
hi-shine glaze

1.Prepare the surface of the ceramic.Sand andclean with glass cleaner. Paint white colored acrylic paint in two coats.Let dry.

2. Cut out all the pictures to be used in the lamp. Use fine scissors to carefully cut out the designs you want from the paper napkins. Separate the napkin layers and carefully take off the top layer.Place the napkin onto the surface of the ceramic lamp and brush some decoupage medium over the center.Press out any bubbles (eliminate wrinkles)Let dry.
3-Apply hi-shine glaze
Also see projects
paper napkin decoupage projects-ceramic plate
birdhouse-paper napkin decoupage

Friday, September 5, 2008

Crackle Finish Technique and transfer technique

Faux painting finishes
Crackle is a faux painting finish,by using two different varnishes(crackle medium and crackle varnish 2-available from craft and paint stores).You can be used on wood,biscuit ceramic,metal and polyster.


wooden table
acrylic paints(cream and brown)
sand paper
picture to trasfer(colored photocopies of images)
transfer medium
crackle medium
crackle varnish 2
oil paints,
1.Prepare the surface of the wood.Sand and always paint white or light colored acrylic color.Apply 2 times.
2.Transfer technique;Cut out images to be transferred.
3.Apply medium to the surface.Let dry 20 minutes.Then apply medium again.Place image print-side down on the surface.Use the finger gently push down the picture and push out the wrinkles.Let dry at least 4 hours or overnight.
4.Take a wet but not dripping washcloth and lay it across the back of the paper and wait for a minute. Slowly and lightly begin pressing the washcloth around the paper until becomes more transparent . Start in the middle of the paperand peel off carefully. Work slowly and occasionally apply more water until another large layer of paper is gone. At this point as the image dries there is usually some bits of paper left leaving a sort of white haze.Start the process of wetting and rubbing over again until the images is crisp and clear.
5.Crackle finish:Apply crackle varnish-2 one coat.Paint lightly and in one direction only.Don't go over the same area twice with your paint brush.Let dry
6.Apply crackle medium.To create small cracks,use a thin coat.If you'd prefer larger cracks,apply a thicker coat.Let dry.
7.Apply a matte or satin finish.(sealer)