Tuesday, 11 February 2014


...its your light that lights the world...
- Rumi -

...hello everyone, just a quick post to share some Valentine crackle with you...

...I had a couple of natural rattan hearts, that were crying out for some DecoArt magic...

...I randomly coated the heart with Gesso, then when dry, I dry brushed over the top with Americana Sea glass (this is an amazing soft subtle green, the camera hasn't picked it up very well)...

...the same with the small one, a coating of Gesso, then a coating of Traditions Naphthol Red (a wonderful true red with high density pigment)...both hearts had One Step Crackle drizzled unevenly back and forth and left to dry over night...then I dry brushed over the lot with Gesso and wiped back...

...the plain wooden frame was covered in Texture Fierro (love this stuff) it has a wonderful course iron texture...

...this too was Gesso'd all over and rubbed back, when dry, Sea Glass was dry bushed all over and rubbed back...

...I then dabbed on some One Step Crackle, not all over just here and there and left again over night...a mixture of Gesso and Antiquing Medium was painted over the entire frame and wiped back and into all the crevices...

...out came the fine grade sanding paper and a good rub down all over paying attention to areas of natural wear...

...I love the washed out shabby look and the Texture Fierro has given the frame a rough/courseness...  

...a fun and easy project all made possible by the DecoArt beauties below...

...spread a little DecoArt love...



  1. Brilliant weathering and ageing and general shabby chic gorgeousness, as ever, Mel - a wonderful project. That frame looks amazing!
    Alison xx

  2. Very Nice, i love that old look!
    Greetz Patricia

  3. What a great piece this has turned out to be-I would never have thought of combining those. Clever crackling on all of them

    Love Chrissie x

  4. ABsolutely beautiful Mel, you have aged them so well and I love the two different colours. Anne xx

  5. I love this! It made up into a wonderful piece!

  6. This is gorgeous and so very creative -- I have not been as successful in weathering - your weathered frame is fantastic. I will keep your instructions and give it a go!!!! Thanks Mel!

  7. Gorgeous frame & hearts Mel, I adore the shabby feel to the frame, these paints are amazing...Brilliant work as always... Hugs May x x x x

  8. So gorgeous Mel. Love the way you've incorporated the texture onto this project. Jenny x

  9. Hi Mel hope your ok. Wow! That's so creative, I love the crackling look you have put on them. Also, I'm doing a candy on my blog and would love for you to enter !

    Love From Rebecca xx

  10. Great project Mel, fab result. xx Flora

  11. A gorgeous project, great decoration.

  12. LOVE that subtle crackle and how you arranged the hearts, Mel! That's what I call some true upgrading! Wow!
    Claudia x

  13. Adore! Wonderful bit of altering. Kim


...thank you so much for taking the time to drop by my blog...Mel :)