Sunday, 30 August 2015

DecoArt Cracked Skeleton Leaf Hearts Tutorial

Applied a Coat of Media Gesso to a wooden heart

 Applied Crackle Paste with a palette knife through a Clarity Large Leaves Stencil
Not all the way to the edge as I wanted a distressed look and the Gesso will also take colour differently to the Crackle Paste
 allowed to dry for approximately 3 hours until the cracks formed completely
 The butterflies were made from Air dry clay
Removed from the moulds once touch dry, with the edges tidied with a craft knife
 and allowed to dry for fully for 24hrs
Attached to the heart with Liquid Glass
 I wanted to create a very soft ethereal look, the colours were applied as very diluted washes with the colours built up gradually around the edges

Starting with  Prussian Blue, Pathalo Paynes Grey 
Followed with and Burnt Umber to warm the colours
  Gradually building the layers for stonger intensity, but adding water to fade into the centre
 Applied the same colours to the butterflies, mixing then with water
 Wiping back with a baby wipe to  expose the raised areas and appling more colour and water until a desirable colour effect is achieved


  1. You are soooo talented - that is why they pay you the big bucks!!!!!!
    Sandy xx

  2. Absolutely stunning ! Jools Your hearts are just my kinda thing . Gorgeous crackle and colour tones and a great step by step -thanks so much for sharing how you made your fabulous hearts and butterflies x

  3. Love these Jools, fantastic shading and elegant butterflies.
    Julie x