Retreat – Part Two!

I was just reading back over my retreat post and I realised I completely forgot to mention two tecnhniques that I tried on the frame that I did that I really loved… so please indulge me with a little bit of a re-visit!

1. Painting with Glimmer Mist

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I don’t have a lot of Glimmer Mist but I really like some of the effects you can create with it. With the wood swirl on the top of the frame I painted it with Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist (so to be really basic – I took the squirty lid off the bottle, dipped my paintbrush in, making sure to get some of the good sparkly stuff on it and away I went!). I love the effect it created on the wood, giving it a really authentic looking wood finish. I then gave it a coat of Dimensional Magic to give it a really cool gloss.

If you’re not sure what to do with Glimmer Mist or you’re not a fan of the randomness of spraying it, try it with a paintbrush and I’m sure you’ll have a whole new appreciation for what they can do!

2. Crackle paint and ink

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This is my favourite effect of all – I painted the frame with a generous coating of Tim Holtz’s Distress Crackle Paint in Antique LInen (so quite a creamy colour) and once it had dried I gave it a good going over with some brown Distress Ink to really bring out the cracks in the paint – while I was doing this, some of the paint flaked off a bit, but I think it just adds to it (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!).

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