Hi, it's Tracey here to share a shabby bird house I decorated featuring a crackle paint technique using Helmar Craft & Hobby PVA Glue. You might be surprised that I haven't used paper on this project! I've gone back to my roots as a crafter. I've been wanting to try this technique out for some time now and am delighted with the results. Of course this technique would work on chipboard or heavy weight paper as well.
Shabby Bird House
Tips and Techniqes
First I painted and crackled the house. Instructions are included below in my tutorial.
Next, I adhered tree bark to the roof using Helmar 450 Quick dry Adhesive. I cut it a little larger than needed, then trimmed after it was adhered to the roof. The bark came on a roll in the floral department of our craft store.
Paint your object with a base color. I've cut pieces of chipboard to demonstrate. The chipboard only required one coat of paint to cover, but the wood bird house needed two coats to cover since it had not been primed. You can paint the base coat on the entire project before beginning the crackle process.
Brush a medium layer of Helmar Craft & Hobby PVA Glue across the painted area. Work in small areas at a time. I worked with one wall of the bird house at a time, then went back and crackled the roof and base details a bit at a time.
I kept all my brush strokes going in the same direction resulting in a linear crackle pattern. If you swirl on the glue, it would change the pattern of the top coat crackle.
Allow the glue to dry a little. It should still be white, but should lose the shiny, wet look. You can let it sit about 8 to 10 minutes, or use your heat tool briefly. If using a heat tool, heat just until the glue loses it's shine.
Brush a thin layer of contrasting color of paint across the tacky Helmar Craft & Hobby PVA Glue. Be careful not to brush over an area a second time as that portion will not crackle. It's OK if you don't get complete coverage as you are looking for a distressed crackled look. I brushed on the paint with strokes going in the same direction as the glue strokes.
Allow to dry or speed up the drying process with a heat tool. The paint will crackle as it dries.
If you use a heat tool, keep it moving and don't put too close to the surface as this will cause the paint to bubble.
You can see where the paint is thinner, there is more of a crackle effect than where it went on thicker. After the paint is completely dry and set, you can sand the edges lightly to further distress if desired.
You could even paint projects like furniture with this technique if you finish with a coat or two of sealant.
Today I wanted to share a restyle project I did. At a concert I was at this summer, one of the vendors was giving away these free little notebooks. I loved how cute and small they were, but they had the vendors logo on the front, so I decided to revamp mine.
I used my 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to glue down wooden letters on the front of my notebook, covering up the vendors logo. I'm a bit impatient when it comes to waiting on glue to dry, so that little bottle of 450 Quick Dry is one of my go-to glues!
Once the glue was dry, I painted over my letters with an aqua blue acrylic paint. Then I used more of the AMAZING 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to glue a ribbon down to the notebook above my letters.
Did I mention how much I love the fact that 450 Quick Dry dries so fast? It really lives up to its name! :)
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I have a little pin cushion problem!!! I love them, I'm not sure why but they just really seam to appeal to me!! If I find something that looks like it could be a pin cushion then that is exactly what it will become as with this lovely little goblet I recently found at a thrift / op shop.
What you will need:
A vessel of some type to hold your pin cushion ie: goblet, small bowl etc
Firstly cut yourself a piece of mesh/lace at least twice the diameter of the opening of the vessel, this can be cut in to a square or a circle. Sew a simple running stitch (moving your needle in and out at regular intervals) around the mesh/lace being sure to leave a long tail at the beginning and end.
Pull the threads in gently and stuff the inside of the mesh/lace until you have the desired amount, do not overstuff or your pincushion will end up being too hard. Pull in the threads and tie them altogether. Trim threads.