Cracked Skeleton Leaf Hearts

Cracked Skeleton Leaf Hearts

Posted by DecoArt on Jul 29th 2015

See techniques for stenciling, crackle, and colorwashing in this heart ornament tutorial.

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Applied a Coat of Media Gesso to a wooden heart.

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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.

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Allowed to dry for approximately 3 hours until the cracks formed completely.

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The butterflies were made from air dry clay.

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Removed from the moulds once touch dry, with the edges tidied with a craft knife and allowed to dry fully for 24hrs.

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Attached to the heart with Liquid Glass.

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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 and Payne’s Grey.

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Followed with Burnt Umber to warm the colours.

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Gradually building the layers for stronger intensity, but adding water to fade into the centre.

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Applied the same colours to the butterflies, mixing then with water.

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Wiping back with a baby wipe to expose the raised areas and applying more colour and water until a desirable colour effect is achieved.

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Tie off with jute string and a wooden bead to complete.