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You will be if you have yet to discovered Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paints. These paints co-ordinate with the Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Ink pads and the same colour name is used whether it is an ink, ink pad or paint. Colour names include Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain and Scattered Straw.
These paints are primarily used in altered art, scrapbooking and card making. Each pot is 4oz and costs around £5. They are widely available from crafts shops and online including from Amazon.
Each pot has a brush in the lid for easy application. However this brush is quite chunky so if applying to small embellishments or small areas you may want to use a smaller brush. To use you simply paint onto your required surface this could be anything from card, wood, chipboard, grungeboard, canvas etc. Dry time caries according to the surface painted and the thickness of the paint applied- you will easily see when the paint is fully dried. The paint add a lovely textured finish to projects.
In the pot the paint looks just like normal paint once applied and it begins to dry cracks begin to appear showing the colour underneath. The effects vary according to the thickness of the paint but could be shabby chic, grungy or distressed. You can even ink or stamp onto the dried paint.
You can buy wide range of altered art items to decorate from crafts shops and online such as jewellery and keepsake boxes, bird houses, letters and numbers and more. These are great fun to decorate and make lovely gifts.
My favourite paint in the range is the Rock Candy. This paint is clear, and looks lovely painted over parts of card or scrapbook pages to create an aged look. It looks lovely painted onto embellishments such as flowers and really does look stunning. What I love about the clear is that whatever colour it is applied over shows through so you do not need to colour match as you would if trying to match the red of your project with that of one of the paints.
Whilst these paints do last well, depending on the size of the surfaces covered they are quite expensive for what they are. However they really do look lovely and in my opinion are well worth the expense, particularly the clear Rock Candy. They are so versatile and really look stunning on projects.
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