Glam Grunge by Donna Gray


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It's Day 6 of our collaboration and it's Donna's turn on our blog today with a fabulously grungy/glam project.

Hi everyone,

I’m absolutely thrilled to be here today joining in this amazing collaboration with That’s Crafty! and Relics and Artifacts, combining creative forces with some awesome products from both brilliant companies. I decided to go for a sort of glam grunge…..if such a thing exists of course! 

I used an MDF That’s Crafty! upright for this as my base as it will take anything and everything you throw at it! For my main focal point I chose to use this gorgeous heart and flame.

The upright was coated in a couple of coats of Fresco paint and crackle glaze to give the cracked effect. The heart was painted with a coat of DecoArt Crackle Paint and a mixture of Luminarte Silk Paints. The flame was painted with a mixture of Pebeo Iridescent Paints and coated with a layer of DecoArt Glamour Dust Paint.

A close up of the heart so you see the crackle effect.

A close up of the flame so you can see the shimmer and shine on it.

A quick sprinkle of a mixture of Infusions and some spritzes of water resulted in a nice grungy background which is ready to go!

I just had to use one of my favourite Dinky stencils to add some detail with one of the new fab Oxides too.

Some background stamping with a new That’s Crafty! texture stamp to replicate a crackle effect. I also added the script stamp from this set too which you’ll see later on the finished creation.

The gorgeous hand and key were coated in a mixture of Distress Paints with a piece of rusty wire attaching the two together. I also adhered some bling with these beautiful Relics and Artifacts jewels, they really sparkle and catch the light.

Here is my finished piece. I really like the addition of the sparkly bling against the grungy background as it provides such a great contrast I think, hope you all do too ;)

Here’s some close ups for you of the finished creation. I’ve added some Tim Holtz ephemera as I thought they complimented the look I was aiming for ;)

Supplies Used:

Relics and Artifacts – Ancient Heart, Milagros and Regalis
Relics and Artifacts – Dresden Trim and Bohemian Jewels
Luminarte Silk Paints

Now over at Relics and Artifacts Blog, Chrissy has another fantastic project to share with you.


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  1. Donna this is wonderful, I love the colour palette and texture achieve and R&As hands are amongst my most favourite, they are perfection.
    Gorgeous art.
    Lynne xx

  2. Cracking piece Donna, I really do love that R&A Ancient Heart. The bling against the grunge looks amazing. Thank you for sharing your inspirational creations with us all.. Tracey x

  3. Absolutely love the grungy effects on here Donna and they are perfect paired with that amazing glamorous heart. Beautiful embellishing too.
    Fliss xx

  4. Love the hand heart combo - stunning design and layers xx

  5. Donna, this page is absolutely Gorgeous!! I just adore your crackle and glimmer and your colors are so delish!!
    Well done!!
    Jackie xx

  6. Glam grunge at its best, love the hand holding the heart on the wire, fab touch.
    Amanda x

  7. I love the grunge background and then all the shimmer! The hand holding the wire and key is so clever.

  8. Donna, This is absolutely Beautiful!! The contrast of the rough textures and the shining jewels is sheer perfection!!

  9. Love everything about this!! Fantastic!

  10. Oh, wow - this is so cool! Love the contrast, like you said, between the bling and grunge. I have never made anything like this - would love to give it a go! Thanks for sharing, I feel very inspired to try something new (to me). Fabulous piece of art!! xx

  11. Donna, I love the incredibly beautiful effects and colours on this piece. Its combination of jewel-like and 'shabby' work so perfectly!

  12. Ooh this is truly wonderful! The grungy yet blingy feel is fabulous and the heart is awesome! xxx

  13. Gorgeous love,love love it! x

  14. Fabulous work, Donna! Amazing use of all the different iridescent paint media, to create a magical patina effect. Love it!

  15. Thank you so much for your kind comments everyone, I really appreciate them :)
    Donna xx

  16. Wow, so different! Love all the soft colours!

  17. I love the shimmer of colours amongst the grungy texture and decay - this is really fabulous, Donna!
    Alison x

  18. A fabulous balance of glam and much lovely texture and shimmer!

  19. Brilliant glam and grunge with fantastic texture and details.
    Very cool project Donna!
    Gill xx


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