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True Love Stories... Mixed Media ATB

By now I'm sure you know that the AP team is sharing projects created using DecoArt products during the month of January.  I am so happy and excited about this as DecoArt has a newer product line called DecoArt Media which is an entire line dedicated to mixed media artists.

I decided to start off by making an Artist Trading Block ...

I used several products from the Media line and thought I'd share a bit about each....  

I started off by gluing down my vintage text and collage images to the block using DecoArt Media Matte Medium.  It can be used as a collage glue, photo transfer medium, a clear ground and more. The consistency of this medium is very nice - it's slightly thicker than most of the thinner "white glue" like collage glues on the market which makes it far easier to control and I found it to be less messy.  I love the matte finish - it's great as a "clear gesso" and doesn't dry "slick" or glossy like so many collage glues tend to.

Next I used DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze - This stuff is so much fun!  You just paint it on and let it dry.  You end up with a fine eggshell cracking as you can see in this photo...   Of course the size and extent of crackle depends on how thick or thin it is applied. 

The reason the crackle shows up so well in the photo is because I applied a layer of Raw Umber DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream over the Crackle Glaze.  Simply rub a small amount over the surface and the cream is deposited in all of the tiny cracks and crevices.

Finally I used DecoArt Media Crackle Paste - Another really fun product.  Apply the paste over your surface and let it dry.  Thicker layers create larger cracks while thinner layers create lots of tiny fine cracks.  To highlight the cracks in the heart I used Titanium White Antiquing Cream.

All in all I have to say I am ecstatic about the Media line and can't wait to experiment with it in other projects.

Altered Pages supplies: Collage Sheets - Vintage Travel; Stupendous Stamps; Postcards;  Victorian Butterflies; Artist Trading Block; Copper Foil; Pen Nib; Burlap Fiber; Vintage Text; Aleene's Tacky Glue;


  1. I really like your ATB. Great idea to collage it!!

  2. This project is not only a fine piece of art but an amazing tutorial. Thanks

  3. Lovely ATC, and very good description of the products, Roni!

  4. I enjoyed your post and pinned to That's Clever! I have crackle medium but it did not work on my last project! I will have to try Deco Art paste.

    1. I have the Deco Art crackle paste and crackle glaze. Both work great.

    2. What type of Crackle Medium? While I was experimenting I did notice that if you use a heat tool to speed drying you get far fewer cracks than you would if it was left to dry naturally. Same with the Crackle Paste. I think this is true for most crackle mediums...they need time to work their magic and speed drying just doesn't work.

  5. The Crackle Glaze leaves such a great texture! Have not tried the paste - is it thick/stiff to be rubbed on?


    1. The Crackle Paste is like Embossing or Modeling Paste - it's thick enough you could use it paired with a stencil or mask.

  6. It's very beautiful. I love it. Johanne Lacombe


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