October 7, 2011
Behind the Scenes : Beautiful Crackled Boxes
Posted by Hannah Milman
photo by David M. Russell/Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
I had such a fun time on television demonstrating our new Martha Stewart Crafts Paint line with Martha. We made these beautiful crackled boxes—perfect for gifts and jewelry.
Beth writes: "Have you tried the crackle effect on the papier-mâché boxes or the jewelry cardboard boxes?"
The answer is yes, Beth. The boxes we used were a combination of real wooden boxes and the thicker sturdier papier-mâché boxes. The crackle effects will work on these surfaces, but be sure not to oversaturate your boxes so the paper does not warp as you work with it.
Weather crackled boxes
These boxes were created using one of our eight specialty effects. To create them, first paint the box with a base coat of a color of your choice. Then apply a layer of Weather Crackle Effect. Let dry completely, and brush one final coat of a contrasting paint color and watch the magic happen!
Weather crackle closeup
I especially love using the Fine Crackle Effect to create an old china and porcelain look.
1 I especially love using the Fine Crackle Effect to create an old china and porcelain look.
2 Close-up of the Fine Crackle Effect.
3 A favorite trick of mine is to use our patterning tape to create a plaid. After the painting the box with our pearlized paint Eclipse, tape straight lines across the box. Paint between the the tape with our pearlized mother-of-pearl paint.
4 Remove the tape, and repeat the steps, now taping vertically. Peel the tape away to reveal the beautiful results.
5 I surprised Martha at the end of the show with a strand of 70 white pearls I had been collecting for over a year for her birthday. I hand-drilled each pearl and strung them on a leather cord.
6 A special shout out to Hosanna Houser and Barbara Fight for helping produce this segment; they love crafts!
7 Thanks to Martha and the crew for a fun day!
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