Monday 10 March 2014

Cracked Heart

DecoArt One Step Crackle and Texture Crackle Mediums

I replaced the glass in the frame with a paper mâché heart, that I cut in half and cut into the edge by about 1/2 " to allow flexibility fitting it into the aperture,  packed with newspaper and glued with Glossy accents and left to dry
Followed by a coat of Glue and Seal applied as a base for the Crackle Texture

I wanted to add more detail and to make prettier, the additional elements were made using paper clay. The large flower and bees, were moulds I made and the butterflies and small flowers were all Martha Stewart
These were left to dry overnight and attached with Glossy accents

At the same time I added the DecoArt texture crackle paste as this also need to dry overnight
I kept taking a peek as the cracks were forming, I was so pleased with the result the cracks are stunning really fine around the base and larger in the centre

I applied a single coat of Carbon Black as a base, over the main frame

For the Crackled Heart I used DecoArt Acrylic’s True Red, followed by Vivid Violet, Plum and Black Plum working out darker to the edge
Then a very light almost dry brush of Metallics Purple Pearl once dry I added a wash of black to tone down the colours and fill in the cracks and wiped back in the centre to highlight the colour

Next step was applying the Elegant Finish metallic paint this is great so easy to use, you just need to add small amount to the brush and sweep across the areas you want to highlight it’s like liquid silver

I applied one step crackle to the frame around the heart, this gives lovely cracks and dry’s in about 2 hours . I finished with a wash of black to fill the cracks and tone down the gloss a little

The Ribbon was coloured to match the heart using DecoArt So Soft Fabric paints, Crimson, Wisteria, Dioxine Purple and Black
I spritzed the grey ribbon and applied the colours with a brush, once dry I highlighted with the metallic silver So Soft

Thank you for looking; if you have any questions please just ask

Jools  :)



  1. Wow, this is absolutely fabulous, I love your work, Jools and this one is no exception !
    Corrie x

  2. Brilliant alteration Jools, just love the colour on the heart xx

  3. Wow, totally stunning!! LOVE this, so lush and oh how I just love all those crackle effects!! Great colour effects too! Decoart are just so lucky to have you on their team, - you really know how to show off all their amazing products, this is stunning!! Love the paperclay embellies too!

  4. This is totally amazing! Thank you for such a fabulous step-by-step tutorial. I feel very confident in buying the texture crackle now. Such a exquisite project. Does it need a home?? ;)

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE this !!!!!! Fabulous and creative !!!!!! Thanks a lot for sharing such beautiful ideas !!!!
    Hugs from Monica.... Spain