Friday, 16 January 2015

Altered Calendar challenge with Darcy

Evening everyone, I hope all of you are doing okay, and that you enjoyed your Sunday. This morning I went swimming, 360mtr which is 20 lengths at my  local pool. I Then cut my OH's hair before I had time to play; but once I played I enjoyed myself so much, thanks for the challenge Darcy.

Darcy has started a new 'just for fun challenge' using a calendar which you alter to the prompts each month. You can read all about here.

Here is the first month of my calendar 

You had to leave some of original picture showing, add crackle and paper. Like Darcy I started with a thin layer of Matt Medium. 

I set about blocking in some of the picture with black Gesso

I sprayed DecoArt Media spray in Red and Shimmer mister  Yellow letting it drip. On the black the colours aren't  as vibrant but this what I hoped to achieve as I didn't want it taking over.

I loved how the spray caught the face which I had whitened with Translcent white Media Fluids also from DecoArt. I then used  Hansa Yellow and Quinacridone Gold, which I applied with my finger rubbing the colours in here and there. 

I needed to add some crackle so applied Weathered Wood in several areas and dried it with a heat tool.

I wanted to keep the same colour theme and so thought I'd experiment by spraying the Media sprays randomly over the glaze I was amazed how fantastic this turned out.

Next I added some book script to the skirt and painted it in Plum Fresco Paint from Paper Artsy . I didn't like how it looked so added some rough lines by using Grunge Paste also from Paper Artsy Once dry I gave the skirt another coat of the Plum. 

I used a Fude Pen which Dina Wakley recommends to add some details. 

And here is my finished piece.

I really enjoyed creating this page and I hope you like it too. Thanks for your visit.

Take care Debsxxx



  1. STUNNING Debs, some fantastic crackle and colours used, love her new look, you are very clever to re dress your focal point. Have done mine just waiting for some crackle to dry, it is not up to your standard but at least i have tried lol :-) xxx

  2. Love it, Debs. The crackle looks amazing.

  3. Great fun, well done. Love the experimental spray on crackle! X

  4. Hi Debs, great fun and gorgeous calendar page!! I love the touch of yellow on the right arm, and the texture is fabulous!! x

  5. the crackle and the detail

  6. Wow.. Wow Love it Debs.. brilliant transformation , and that crackling is awesome. X

  7. I too love that crackle and the effects of those colours in the background is fab..great page..Esther xx

  8. Gorgeous page Deborah! Great fun and fabulous effect, I love the crackle and great background. Fantastic original calendar you chosen. xxx

  9. Love this! The steps really help to show just how much you've transformed the page - really looks awesome!

  10. Really great transformation - obviously I love that crackle never tried sprays over crackle glaze . Still haven't got a calendar 😞xx

  11. I absolutely love what you've achieved here, Debs. I so want to join in with this challenge, as it looks such fun, but I'm worried that I'm not going to be able to fit it in! I can't find a suitable calender either. I really must get down to it because you have so inspired me! xxx

  12. Totally awesome !! I would definitely wear that dress lol :D XXX

  13. really cool outcome and such a fun calendar.


  14. W-O-W!! This is so fabulous I am lost for words! Gina sums it up - totally awesome!!! Chrisx


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