Monday, November 19, 2012

Misted Rock Salt Chipboard Tutorial ~ Tracey Sabella

Hi everyone! It's Tracey Sabella here to share my Misted Rock Salt Chipboard Tutorial with you today. I changed up a technique I viewed by Michelle Grant to suit the Maya Road Doors in the November Kit.

 I've recreated this technique for you using a chipboard gear from my stash. If you would like to see more details, click on the photos to enlarge.

Misted Rock Salt Chipboard Tutorial

White gesso or acrylic paint
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist ~ Almost Black
Rock Salt
Ranger Crackle Accents
Mod Podge - Glossy
Prima Distress tool, or other wire brush.
Paint brush
Craft Mat (Optional)
Heat tool (optional)

Step 1: Paint chipboard piece with white gesso or acrylic paint. Allow to dry or use a heat tool to speed things up. If you use a heat tool, don’t hold it too close to the painted chipboard and keep it moving or your wet gesso can overheat and form bubbles.

Step 2: Mist with a dark mist. I used Tattered Angels Almost Black mist, but you could use any non-paint based brand or color that is translucent or even make your own from re-inker.

Step 3: Immediately cover the chipboard with rock salt. The salt draws the wet mist on the surface and leaves a beautifully splotchy and distressed surface as it dries. If you have a more solid chipboard piece, you could use less rock salt and spread it out some. With the door in the kit and this gear shape, the chipboard is narrow so I used a heavy coverage of rock salt. You can let this sit overnight, or give it 10 minutes or so for the rock salt to draw up the ink, then use your heat tool to speed the drying time.

Step 4: Once the rock salt is sprinkled/piled on, mist again.


Step 5: Once the mist is completely dry, brush off the rock salt. This really has some nice distressing. I could have easily stopped here but wanted even more dimension and kept on going.

Step 6: Use a stiff wire brush to remove some of the mist, leaving scratch marks.

Step 7: Squeeze some Crackle Accents across the piece, then spread it out with your finger.  Set aside to dry. Do NOT use the heat tool. (You could also use Ranger’s Clear Rock Candy Crackle paint for a similar effect.)

Spread out:
When dry:

Step 8: When the crackle is completely dry, it will be loose in spots and flakes off easily. I decided to go with this and chipped off some of the crackle here and there for a more weathered, distressed look.

Step 9: Using a paint brush, apply a sealant so the crackle will stay in place. I used glossy Mod Podge. If you don’t have a sealant product, you can thin down regular white glue that dries clear. (Elmers or similar product).

Now here is what it looks like when dry:

I hope you have learned something new, and will have fun playing with this technique. You can stop at nearly any point along the way if you like what you see or experiment with different colors and products.

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