Where Dreams Are Born by Alison Hall


Each day we have a post from a That’s Crafty! Design Team member and a Relics and Artifacts Ambassador and the blog posts will go live every day at 11.00am GMT and 6.00am EST.
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It’s that easy! The winners will be picked at random on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

It's day 3 of our collaboration and we have a fabulous project from Alison to share.

Hi Everyone, Alison here today, with a rusty mixed media hanging. I couldn't wait to see what kind of paint effects I could achieve on the Relics and Artifacts. They take all kind of media beautifully, just like the That's Crafty! Surfaces, and I decided to use my favourite DecoArt Media products.

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Tags - 2 x Size 3, 1 x Size 5
Relics and Artifacts - Visage, Rising Spirit
DecoArt Media - Texture Sand, White Gesso, White Crackle Paste, Ultra Matte Varnish
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic - Green Gold, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Phthalo Turquoise, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Quinacridone Gold, Carbon Black, Titanium White
Ranger Archival Ink - Coffee, Jet Black
Rusty Wire
Old Book Page, Cream Lace, Ink Blending Foam

Here's what I did...

1. I began by prepping all of the MDF rectangles with white gesso, and applying white crackle paste onto the 3 MDF tags. TIP(to self!)...If you apply gesso under the crackle paste, it shouldn't flake off.

2. Next, I used my finger to apply some Texture Sand around the edges of the three small rectangles, and used a paintbrush to paint the large rectangle with Green Gold acrylic.

3. Once the Texture Sand was dry, I painted the three small rectangles with Phthalo Turquoise Acrylic, adding some Quinacridone Gold on the textured edges for a rusty effect.

4. On the large rectangle, I painted a few age splotches on the edges with Raw Umber, stamped some crackles and script with Coffee ink, then painted with a wash of Quinacridone Gold acrylic.

5. Next, I painted the Relics and Artifacts with DecoArt Media acrylics in Cobalt Turquoise Hue and Quinacridone Gold, adding detail to the eye with Carbon Black and a dot of Titanium White. I also used Quinacridone Gold to colour the Dresden Trim Halos.

6. By now, the white crackle paste on the three tags was nicely dry and crackled, so I painted them with Green Gold, adding some Quin Gold and Burnt Umber around the edges, then sealing the crackle with a coat of Ultra Matte Varnish. 

7. I stamped the Emma Godfrey wonderful phrase onto gessoed book page, cut it out, then sponged black ink onto the edges. I assembled the tags as shown, using glossy accents to glue the Dresden Trim, Relics and Artifacts, Bohemian Jewels, and words in place, then attached them to the three small rectangles, layering with cream lace, and gluing a large jewel over the rectangle's top hole. I glued the three rectangles to the large board, hiding the three lower holes, then added some curled rusty wire to finish.

I hope I've inspired you today.

Please hop over to the Relics and Artifacts blog to see some inspirational artwork from their talented ambassador Monica.

Alison x

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  1. Nice work and the color just brings everything together beautifully. Absolutely love the quote and the Relic pieces illustrate it perfectly. Well done, my friend!

  2. This is fantastic live the look you achieved on the Relics and it pairs so perfectly with the crackled tags!!

  3. Fantastic! Inspiring as always Alison.

  4. Really love this! Your color choices are just divine... the textures and details are really a treat for my eyes!

  5. Wow Alison....mega inspiring. Love what you have done with all the textures and effects. Think that someone has been at me with the age spot stuff! Xx

  6. that colour combo is so stricking, what a fabulous piece.

  7. Wow that is very striking amazing project

  8. Stunning. I love the color combination.

  9. This is gorgeous Alison, amazing crackle and love the colours and design.
    Fliss xx

  10. Ooooooooh wonderful,absolutely stunning arty creation,loving this one too :)
    Donna xx

  11. Great make Alison love this
    Amanda x

  12. Great colour co-ordination Alison and wonderful textures on this lovely project! xx

  13. Lovely texture and colour with great use of the R&As - wonderful project!!!x

  14. So glad I had chance to sit and read your blog Alison, so informative from start to finish. Those vivid colours marry together so well and I love that R&As eye.. Inspiring piece x

  15. Fantastically inventive triptych, Alison - with amazing crackle and brilliant use of the Relics.
    Alison x

  16. Wow, Alison, that crackle is fantastic and great use of the Relics and Artifacts--especially the face parts! They look like they've been aging for centuries!

  17. Fantastic Triptych! Love that crackle & patina on the faces. Awesome work.

  18. Alison,
    This is just Beautiful!! That incredible yellow crackle and gorgeous blue are divine together!!

  19. Alison, This hanging is way too cool! I love the Relics you used with the wording you added- Perfect! And that MDF board looks fab to work with!
    Jackie xx

  20. So cool! Love the crackle backgrounds for the fabulous relics and artifacts - wonderful colours and words! xxx


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