13 May 2015

Snap, Crackle, Crackle! at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. I'm back with my contribution to the Funkie DT samples for the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Snap, Crackle, Crackle!' Pamellia is our host for this one and here's how she introduces the latest theme;"Let's see some cracks on your creations! You can use crackle paint, crackle paste, crackle glaze, crackle accents, an old cracked image, a piece of cracked UTEE, a cracked pattern from a stencil or stamp, you can even doodle on your crackle design! Anything goes, as long as is cracks me up!!"

So, you know when you get a creative idea in your head (usually at the most inopportune moment!) about how you want something to look, but you're not sure how to accomplish it, finish it, or even whether it will work. Well that was definitely the case with this journal spread...

(click on the images for a closer look)

You won't believe what this started with - a covering of Aged Mahogany and Tarnished Brass Distress Paints smooshed around with a baby wipe! After that came a coat of white gesso to tone it all down and give a look of worn plaster. Before adding any paste I stamped 'Becca' to make sure her position on the page was clear, then out came the Crackle Paste and Crackle layering stencil. Once completely dry I added a thick layer of plain paste over 'Becca', let it partially dry, then pressed the stamp back into the paste. Now it was time to add a little colour...



I love how the Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals and Starbursts develop a wonderful shimmer to them and are fixed when dry. The colours used over the gesso and paste come from the Industrial Chic set and enhance that aged plaster look that you get in old frescos. You can spritz them, paint with them and splatter them (all of which were done here). Time to own up now - I restamped into Becca using Black Archival Ink but it didn't come out as cleanly as I'd hoped (the more paste you use the less easy it is to restamp your image). So I stamped her onto a single ply of tissue with Archival Ink and adhered this over the stamped paste area to fix it. Job done - it worked!



With most of the design in place I needed to add some contrast colour. Using a mix of the green shades from the Industrials sets to colour a strip of paper, I then stamped on it using one of the images from the Tim Holtz Classics #3. The image worked so well I stamped it over the crackled paste areas on the rest of the spread. Having stuck these strips into place they were emphasised with a Distress Marker. You'll also spot copper filigree metal embellishments (with alcohol ink altered pearls) a wonderful Dream key, the stamped sentiment from Tim Holtz Life Quotes set and a couple of Idea-Ology rub ons. A final splattering of Picket Fence Distress Paint brought everything together.



It feels good to get this design out of my head and down on paper (making room for other stuff!) and I'm really pleased with how the crackle element worked. It's been really exciting to take a peak at what my Funkie team mates have come up with for this theme too, and I urge you to head on over to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see for yourselves.

Thank you so much for dropping by today. I hope you feel inspired to join in with the 'Snap, Crackle, Crackle!' fun and even give journalling a go if you've been tempted but not yet tried it.
Whatever you're up to today, take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


22 comments:

  1. Love your journal page today, all the techniques you have used with the combination of products is fab.

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  2. an absolutely stunning Journo page ! Jenny So glad you released your creative idea onto the page to share with us all !! So much fab detail, texture n for me, perfect colour palette . Those LSG products sound n look great! Really is Incredible , even better close up n yet again I find myself thinking 'Wall art'!!

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  3. Wow Jenny, this is just incredible! LOVE that image with her flowing hair, and the way you carried that flow with your crackled texture is just genius! Love the splashes of aqua, just beautiful! hugs :)

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  4. Hi Jenny, another of your "works of art" LOVE it
    Patricia x

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  5. WONDERFUL. Love the crackle work and the vintage look of this. What fab art. j.

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  6. Gorgeous Jenny, I love how,the design flows across the centre of the two pages, lovely. Love the touches of colour too. Fab pages. Tracy x

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  7. absolutely beautiful Jenny - I thought you had done Becca in film and fibre ... but your technique is so very different - awesome outcome - gorgeous pages.

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  8. Amazing spread you created, I like it a lot! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

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  9. Lovely journal page! Thanks also for the extensive description. I love how you didn't give up after restamping the image didn't work - I've done this also several times, (stamping on tissue paper and adhere that over the previous stamped image, or just apply some gesso over the previous image and restamp. In your case with the paste this was not possible, so the tissue wrap is a great idea. It looks great, I also love the green colours!
    greetings,
    Debbie.

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  10. Wow Jenny, that is beautiful! Amazing depth of colour and the texture is fabulous, love your journal page!

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  11. Fabulous pages Jenny! The faux fresco is wonderful and the stamped image on tissue looks amazing! Sue C x

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  12. Awesome journal pages Jenny x

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  13. I would have loved to be a fly on your creative wall whilst you made this! LOVE LOVE LOVE the texture you created, and you freaked me out when you said you started with Aged Mahogany...WOW!!!

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  14. This page is amazing Jenny- I love how this has come out, it feels like there is so much magic on the page!
    Hugs
    Georgie xx

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  15. What a fantastically creative page, Jenny. Firstly I adore the plaster/stone look of the background - that's one for the dollshouse world! - and then the amazing technical skill of embedding Becca amidst all that fabulous crackle... wonderful!
    Alison xx

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  16. Love this! You are so talented Jenny! xx

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  17. Goodness Jenny - what a gorgeous page spread - even with you telling me what you did - I can't totally conceive of it - I need to play around more with all the 'stuff' I have! great texture and stampings on this! Julia xx

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  18. WOW, Jenny! I do believe that this started out with Aged Mahogany & Tarnished Brass DPs! You are just awesome like that and know how to work your paints!! :) :) I want to run my fingers all over these pages, Jenny :) The texture that you've built just get my fingers wanting to reach out and touch!! Oh, and love your fix with stamping Becca onto tissue then laying it over the stamped paste. You just rock everything you do!! XOXO-Shari

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  19. A fabulously creative page, LOVE the earthy tones and the way you've created the face is wonderful! Ruth x

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  20. Super pages, Jenny! Love tute, too. TFS!

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  21. Stunning page Jenny, I love how you added the image, it has so much wonderful texture and yet it looks so beautiful - I would say this is a triumph! Still playing catch-up.... Anne xx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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