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Monday 17 October 2016

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 2

Hello travellers, welcome aboard to Terminal 4. This is Tracy Evans here to share the second leg of our Destination Inspiration journey for the month of October. You can view  Destination Inspiration, Terminal one HERE.

So what do we have in our bag to inspire you:
Product: Crackle Paste
Technique: Layering Colour Through Stencils
Colour: Greens and Golds
Substrate: Some Kind of Box

I decided to continue with a spooky theme to coordinate with our current challenge from Anne which you can find HERE.
I began by breaking up crayons into small pieces and adding them to my skull mould. I used all green tones as per our ingredients.
Melt the crayons with a heat tool and tap the mould several times onto a flat surface so that the melted crayone moves into all the crevices of the mould. Continue to add broken crayons until the mould is full and then allow to dry completely, overnight is best.
Now onto decorating the box; I used one part of a box, the base in this case. I mixed DecoArt Media Crackle Paste with a touch of DecoArt Media Green Gold Fluid Acrylic. The main reason for this was not only to tint the Crackle but so that once decorated I did not have any white areas showing in my design. Do not mix too much paint with the paste or the consistency will change.
I painted the inside of my box with two coats of Green Gold Fluid Acrylic and then dried with a heat tool.
I created a wash with the Green Gold simply mixing the Fluid Acrylic with a touch of water.
I then added the wash over the Crackle areas.
I then created a wash with Burnt Umber Fluid Acrylic.
The wash was then applied over the box base to give a vintage tone to my piece. I love how the darker wash settles into the cracks.
I added a panel to the inside of my box base and decorated using Tim Holtz Twisted Layering Stencil. I applied several layers of Peeled Paint Distress Ink first to the stencil using a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam and then added touches of Gathered Twigs Distress Ink for shading.
I love adding layers of colour to stencils, it adds so much depth to the design.
I removed the skull from the mould and then added touches of gold highlights using DecoArt 'Gold Rush' Metallic Lustre.
I love how this came together and the gold highlights really pick out the detail in the skull. I also added a touch of background stamping to the back panel using Tim Holtz Ledger stamp.
A few delicate splatters of paint add a further layer of interest to the background along with cotton twine and a circular piece of rusty tin wire. I also included two Idea-ology stickers.
The crackle paste really adds wonderful texture to the box base. I applied the Crackle Paste randomly so that some areas were left open and no Crackle Paste added. This adds to the worn vintage feel.
This angle shows you in more detail all the layers added to my design.
Thank you for travelling along with me, I hope you enjoyed the journey! Please pop back next Monday to see the next creative step along our journey from our next Creative Guide.

Please check out our current challenge (link in the side bar) and of course there will be more inspiration for you over the next couple of weeks.




  1. Love the skull and how you made it!

  2. Brilliant Tracy, so glad you shared the crayons and mould technique, the whole project is amazing xxx

  3. The way you made the skull is super clever, what a brilliant idea, and a super way to use up old bits of crayon! The effects, specially with the gold lustre is amazing. Love the rest of the project too, - a fantastic halloween spooky creation!!

  4. A super DI step by step Tracy x adore the skull and how you made it using the crayons x the stencilled detail fab too x
    Background texture and stencilling make for a spooktacular creation

    Huge hugs Annie xx

  5. Fantastic! Tracy Those melted crayon skulls are so cool- thanks for sharing how you create these. Just scrolled up again and spotted the hands - perfect embellie ! Terrific inspirational use of the contents of the travel bag .xx

  6. Brilliant! Love the melted skull and the cool touches of gold!

  7. I LOVE your crayon skulls Tracy! So happy to see how you made this one. Wonderful circles of wire and threads!

  8. What an incredible make Tracy - the skull is superb (I love how some of the crayons remained whole too) and the gold highlighting looks fantastic. The box lid looks amazing with the crackle and those little hands are such a perfect finishing touch. I so want a mould like that one now! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. This is fantastic, love the skull and wonderful texture. The colours and crackle look amazing.
    Linda xxx

  10. Magnificent Tracy!!! I love your skull creations and the way this one has been set beautifully in the creepy forest crackle box. An amazing use of the ingredients xx

  11. Fabulous Halloween creation using those goodies from the travel bag! I especially love the skull, and will have to check back on your blog to see where that little goodie came from. I must add that to my Halloween collection! Great use of the crayons with the mold, and your crackled base is perfect! Love this!

  12. Thanks so much everyone, I really appreciate your comments x X

  13. Ah this is amazing - thanks for sharing Tracy - I need some molds!!! Nikki xx

  14. Bwaahaaaaa bwilliant! heehee Brilliant Tracy!! xx

  15. That is fabulous Tracy, the skull is truly terrifying and love the crackle texture on the box frame. An amazing creation with the contents of your travel bag, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo