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Saturday, 5 March 2016

Crazy for Colour !

Hello Everyone!

At Anything But Cute this month the wonderfully talented and lovely Branka is hosting our challenge, which is 'Crazy for Colour'.  To celebrate the Springtime we would like to see you create a mixed media project using Vibrant Colours.  It can be a tag, a card, an art journal page or anything else, just as long as you use vibrant colours!

I decided to give an old air freshener bottle a make-over.


I absolutely love the 'faux crackled glass' technique that both Wendy Vecchi  and Tim Holtz use and I thought it would look beautiful using some vibrant colour!


The first step is to wash the glass well in soapy water, rinse and dry thoroughly - as any oil or dirt will affect the outcome.  Cover the whole piece evenly with Ranger Glue 'n' Seal (Matte).  Leave to dry naturally.

Coat well with Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  Try to make it a fairly even coat, you don't want big blobs of paint as these will be more likely to chip off later.  I find it best to leave this to dry overnight, I never use a heat tool when doing this technique.
When it is dry you should have some lovely big crackles!
Now for the fun part!  I use an old pizza box as a 'spray booth'.  This part is messy.
I used Mermaid Lagoon Distress Spray Stain (you can use alcohol inks too if you prefer) to cover the whole of the piece.  It doesn't look great when you first do it, the stain seems to 'pool' in some of the cracks but don't worry, it will look great when it is dry.  Leave it to dry naturally for a couple of hours at least.  Don't be tempted to use a heat tool, natural is best!
Next up is the flower.  I used a mixture of Red and Orange DecoArt Media Misters (the colours are really vibrant), mixing them in a separate bottle and I just sprayed the whole flower.  The flower came as part of the air freshener set and is made of a very lightweight material which took the colour beautifully!
Now, for the most important step (in my opinion).  I covered the glass with a coat of Ranger Glue 'n' Seal, this time in the gloss finish.   At this stage you will feel like your colour is lifting from the glass, Distress Stain is water based and will react with any liquid you put over the top, but just keep applying it in small gentle strokes.   I left it to dry thoroughly and then applied a second coat.  It gives the glass a lovely glossy sheen and it protects the crackle from chipping off.  I would not recommend washing the glass but a gentle dusting from time to time should not dislodge the crackles.
Another view of the finished pieces.
If you have not tried the technique before, I hope you will now!

So, if you feel inspired to go 'Crazy for Colour' then please do join us at Anything But Cute, we would love to see you join in Branka's wonderful challenge.

As always, thanks for looking and I hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xx

38 comments:

  1. Wow Anne, I am so blown away with this project!! I have just added red and orange Media Misters to my list because the vibrant colour you achieved is just amazing! I have never had any luck with the cracked glass technique on my own, so I am totally going to try this again, but using your tutorial steps! Such a creative recycle project and you sure nailed the Crazy for Colour theme! hugs :)

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  2. I am DEFINITELY trying this! Thanks you so much for the detailed explanation. That bottle has just had the most awesome makeover!

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  3. Gorgeous crackles Anne and I adore the colour. I loved the step by step and didn't think distress spray stains would go over the crackle paint so I have learn't something too. Your flower is lovely too and finishes the project beautifully. Mo x

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  4. OMG, Anne, as Pamellia said, you really nailed my theme! Your colours are sure so vibrant and beautiful! I've never managed to achieve such a perfect result using that awesome faux cracked glass technique! It's fantastic! Big hugs to you! Branka xxx

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  5. Wow anne its stunning. Who would have thought that would work. Looks brilliant. I will definitely have to try this. Have a great weekend lovely lady. Hugs rachel x

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  6. Fantastic. Your cracked glass is wonderful and a technique I must try now that you have shown me how to do it in a such a perfect step x step. My late Mother had an 800 piece collection of blue glass so she would have loved this too. The flower took the colour so beautifully and is a great against the bright blue.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  7. Well, let's try this again! Wow, Anne! You rocked this theme with your colorful vase (pronounced vaaaas since this is obviously a true piece of irreplaceable art!) and gorgeous flower! Your crackled glass technique is done to perfection--I've done it plenty of times, but never with these fantastic results! Great color choices, too, in my opinion! HUgs!

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  8. Ooooh, this is spectacular, Annie! You could sell these in your art gallery!! Seriously! I am swooning over that vibrant and shiny blue! Love and hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  9. Wow, that vase is gorgeous! Creative Blessings, Tracy x

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  10. Now Blue and Red is a surprise and go so beautifully together! Gorgeous! Love the cracked glass look and end results are stunningly deliscious. Seems like patience is a must with this technique. Hehe! So vibrant and lush! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  11. Hello Anne, what a wonderful vase and flower. Great tutorial and one I will definitely being trying. Thankyou for sharing. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  12. Hi Anne, love your perfume bottle and what a fabulous way to recycle, the blue and red combination is a favourite of mine. The red flower really pops against the bottle which is also a fabulous shape. This would make a wonderful gift, hugs. Tracy x

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  13. What a gorgeous crackled bottle and lush flower! Anne You have given it a whole new life with such a fab make over. Great tute too of the technique - your tips and tricks have inspired me to give it another go as up to now I've not had a great deal of success with it , other than on tiny vial bottles .
    Hope you are having a lovely weekend
    hugs x

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  14. Ooh I like this Anne. Such a great technique and beautiful colours. I treat my OH to mini bottles of aftershave etc and then steal the empty bottles back for these projects!! Elaine xx

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  15. WOW!!! This looks amazing, the colours are so vibrant. I'm off now in search of glass bottles so I can give this a try! xx

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  16. My Mama had a bottle that looked just like this (well not nearly as luscious) and I was accused of breaking it!!!!!!!!! Too bad I didn't have yours Anne to prove that I didn't - eheheheheh!! I REALLY didn't!!!! What an INCREDIBLY CRACKALICIOUS Vaasssssssss (as Sara says!!). LOVE LOVE LOVE the BRILLIANT colors - wow. Sets of that lovely flower just perfectly. I bet there's gonna be a lot of bottle crackin' now... super inspiration!! XX j.

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  17. What an amazing transformation and those colours are brilliant! What a great way to achieve that effect on the glass - I would never have thought to try distress spray over the crackle paint and you have now inspired me to have a go! Hugs, Chrisx

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  18. You've got that crackle technique refined perfectly and what an amazing alteration to the little set. Love your bright colours.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  19. This is gorgeous. Off to raid my stash to see what, if any, of these items I can find. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  20. Wow Anne, truly stunning!! Absolutely adore the crackle effect you managed to achieve, and oh my goodness, that flower, - wow, truly amazing!!!

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  21. Anne - your bottle is so gorgeous and looks quite expensive! The flower colors came out beautifully -- I love vivid color - I do, I do! You have won the number one spot in my book!
    sandy xx

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  22. Thoroughly loved this beautiful art creation you've made from 'just something', and what a terrific recycle. The turquoise glass looks grand with the bold color on the flower. Thanks for all the pictures & explanations. This must be one of the simpler art pieces you've shared, but again, it's gorgeous & shows your usual attention to every detail. How lovely it is going to look - displayed while you wait for Spring! TFS & Hugs (hope you're feeling much, much better now).

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  23. My jaw hit the floor with this beautiful project! That crackle is amazing and so elegant! I love that bright red flower in that stunning little turquoise vase! Wow! Hugs and now I must go check out your poppies!

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  24. You have created the most wonderful crackle Anne and the shade of blue is lovely and vibrant. It really pops next to the red of your beautiful flower.

    Sending huge hugs
    Annie x

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  25. Wow, this is gorgeous Anne! You have really got that crackle technique perfected and gorgeous color! Bobbi xx

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  26. Wow - what fantastic crackle you achieved on the bottle and the colours are scintillating together - fabulous!
    Alison x
    (Don't know whether I'm going to get to Aberdeen Harbour, sadly, but I have it on my list - thanks for the tip!)

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  27. That is some gorgeous crackle!! I can never get clear crackle to work like that! The colours contrast and pop wonderfully, love how the colour has turned out on the flower xx

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  28. So simple, yet so stunning and elegant, and bright may I say!
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  29. So simple, yet so stunning and elegant, and bright may I say!
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  30. Brilliant project Anne, love it and a great tutorial too. Have a lovely week, Angela x

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  31. wow! What a fabulous result. Love the colours and the crackle effect is perfect.
    Jo x

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  32. Wow Anne! what a stunning project - both the blue on the vase and the red on the flower really pop with vibrancy! Your crackle is gorgeous and is so lovely being transparent with that beautiful blue stain! A wonderful repurpose of that air freshener! Julia xx

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  33. The colours are stunning Anne. I love the finished effect on the bottle.
    Toni xx

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  34. Oh my, Anne!! Fantastic colors, texture and explanation!! Love this! xxx Lynn

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  35. That little vase is fabulous!!! I LOVE that you used Spray Stain...I wouldn't think that would work, so I LOVE that I learned something new! Gorgeous!

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  36. Amazing result, love these gorgeous colours and what a great technique, Cathy x

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  37. Amazing result, love these gorgeous colours and what a great technique, Cathy x

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  38. Love the gorgeous vibrant colours and the crackle looks so effective! xxx

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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