Tonight I ran the first class of the Up-cycling course at the House for an Art lover. We had great fun the group of 8 ladies and myself. Two hours full of taking some objects back a few years with some antiquing techniques… distressing and crackle-Crackle glazing.

This class runs at the House for an Art Lover for another 4 weeks. We will have a follow up course in the autumn. If you want to hear about it drop me a line.

This is what we did tonight :

Ageing a piece of furniture, or a small object:

Distressing a planter pot:



You will need, two complementary colours of emulsion paint mat finish (water based) like dark brown and off white or pale yellow and dark brown, a small planter, a flat 1 1/2 inch paint brush and a piece of sanding paper medium (120).

Start by rubbing off the pot of any dust, then apply the first colour (for example the dark brown) with a loose brush in a irregular manner, vary the amount of paint used on different area of the pot and steeple some paint in some areas to create the effect of dust gathering with time.

Leave the pot to dry. If necessary touch up.

Make a “glaze” by mixing in a jar 4/5 of paint (second colour i.e. the off white) with 1/5 water. Apply loosely on top of the first coat, this does not have to look even.

Allow time for the pot to fully dry to a hard finish.

Using your sanding paper rub off some areas in an irregular manner of the top coat showing the bottom coat. This has to be done in a very irregular manner to look authentic.

You can use home made stamps or small stencils to create a light pattern for extra decoration.

Crackle glazing a small piece of wood:

To crackle a small piece of furniture or a small item you will need:

One or two shades of matt emulsion paint, some polyurethane varnish (any finish), some ready made gum arabic or some gum arabic granules and some warm water, a hair dryer and finally a 1 1/2 inch flat brush. (brush will be cleaned with water apart from when using the polyurethane varnish.



Apply one or a succession of two emulsion paints to your object. When fully dry apply one coat of polyurethane varnish, leave to dry until tacky (you can touch it with your hand but it is not yet dry however its not fully dry underneath. Apply a coat of the gum arabic. Leave to dry then using the hair drying to hot setting create some cracks in the gum arabic drying. When cool, rub in a mixture of artist oil with linseed oil. A good shade is burn umber.

Leave to dry (probably two or three hours or an overnight) and when fully dry protect with a coat of polyurethane varnish, preferably satin finish

Next week we will do some printing and some stencilling…

Fun to do 🙂

Betty xx

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I am a Christie's trained artist born in France but living in Glasgow. I work with Eco Techniques like Natural dyes, Eco Printing and Indigo dyeing using recycled material. I learn, teach and share my techniques, I work with communities and travel to Asia

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