- Don't scrimp or be over zealous with the application of PaperArtsy Grunge Paste. Aim for a good coverage that has some depth.
- Let the PaperArtsy Grunge Paste sit for a few minutes or so before stamping into it.
- Very, very lightly spritz the stamp and the PaperArtsy GrungePaste applied to the substrate with a bit of water before stamping. I find spritzing from a distance can help control the amount of water released.
- Stamp with the aid of an acrylic block as the block allows you to firmly press the stamp into the paste/ apply a bit more pressure than if you were to stamp without it.
- Fine detail stamps work better than bold, as they won't displace too much paste, giving a nice sharp result.
Above the small dotted stamp, below the line stamp! The depth of the impression, the grunginess and texture definitely made me happy, especially those dots! :D
I applied PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze (FF22) thinly over Deep Sea Fresco (FF198). Pea Coat (FF27) was the top coat applied with a sponge. Sponges application is thin and even producing small and round cracks. For bigger cracks, apply the paint more liberally.
At this point, after painting my art block with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - French Roast (FF32) I thought the sides of the block looked quite plain so rustled up some PaperArtsy Grunge Paste stamped strips to decorate.
I kept the colours and techniques I'd used so far the same but chose a different stamp from set 041 to stamp into the Grunge Paste. As I was working with thin strips, they only allowed me to stamp one row of the 12 dot stamp along the length multiple times but it was easy enough to do thanks to the design of the stamp. I may have gone a bit wonky at times but I was ok with that as it all adds to the grungy look and feel of the project.
You can see the rusting of the heart in these photos too.