Luce Change: Beyond the Pail

When I was thinking about an article to do for this Metal issue, my eye fell upon these three cute little metal pails which were gifted to me with hyacinth bulbs and which I thought would be perfect for kitchen windowsill herbs. There was a little story attached to them as they were given to me as a hostess gift when I wasn't the hostess! My husband had invited some friends over for one of his legendary curries in France whilst I was still in England and a friend's girlfriend had bought these for me and was crestfallen to have to present them to a man! Of course, I was absolutely thrilled when I arrived a week later to pink hyacinths in bloom and the accompanying delicious scent with already an idea in my mind for the pots once they were over! So thank you, Morgane! 

For my technique today, I have used the Crackly Tissue Paper by Paper Artsy which is very inexpensive and very robust, allowing you to paint it and get it wet without it disintegrating, but still having the benefits of tissue paper in that you can work on awkward shaped surfaces. I have used their Fresco Finish Paints which come in Opaque, Semi Opaque, and Translucent coverages but it is the tissue that is the crucial item on this occasion. The idea is that you can stamp your image and paint from behind so that the colour shows through on the front without losing any of the stamped detail, even when using the opaque colours. I have used some herb stamps I happened to have but you could of course use floral stamps or really any design you fancy.

First off, I removed the handles with a pliers to make it easier to work, and painted the outside of the pails with the paint in Cinnamon, which was the same colour as the pails but enabled the crackle effect I wanted in the next step. The paint dries almost instantly.

Then, I applied the Crackle Glaze evenly. You can use a credit card or spatula and you only need a small amount. You need to let it dry thoroughly and it takes longer than the paint so go off and have a cuppa and don't prod!

Once it's dry, slap on your pale colour. I used Vanilla. Again, it dries almost instantly and you will immediately see the cracks appearing.

Next, I used a script stamp all over the pails with Sepia archival ink, just holding it in my hand without a block to get a background effect.

Now for the stamped focal design! I decided I would have one herb on each side of my pail, so I could turn it around if I had bought a different herb for a recipe in the supermarket that week - I scrapped Chervil - I mean, who cooks with Chervil! I used Onxy Black Versafine because Leandra from Paper Artsy recommends this for detailed stamps on the Crackly Tissue but it is quite oily so it won't air dry and you will need to heat set it.

All the herbs stamped up and heat set.

I wanted the names of the herbs to stand out so I turned the tissue over and painted the name plate with Snowflake, which is a white opaque.

I then started to colour my herbs, again from behind, using Toad Hall, Guacamole, Green Olives, and Limelight. Now I am definitely no Botanist, but I do know that Sage and Rosemary are quite a grey-green, so I used mainly Toad Hall. Oregano can be quite yellow-toned so I used more of the Limelight. When you are working from the back you can be quite splodgy in your colouring.

Turn over and add some colour from the front but be much more delicate with your brush strokes now, particularly with those opaques like Toad Hall.

You can keep turning over to add more depth of colour from behind until you are happy.

Cut out your pieces and colour the edges of the oval from behind with Green Olives.

Colour the reverse of each piece with Mermaid, which is opaque. This will make your design really pop once it is applied to your pail. Try to keep it still so the paint doesn't transfer to the reverse.

I went around the edges of the herb labels with a black fine liner to make them stand out more.

I then did the edging from the front with the Green Olives.

Slap some Gel Matte Medium onto your pail. I took my centre point for my oval image based on where the handle slotted in and put one image on each side.

Position your image on the pail and apply gel medium over the top. Do the same on the other side.

A quick blast of the heat gun will dry it but also iron out any wrinkles. You can apply gel medium over your whole pail now to protect the item. You can also put a gloss glaze on the image to bring out the colours more.

To finish off, I painted some lolly sticks ('popsicles'?) with the Mermaid paint as markers and I happened to have some twill ribbon with herb names on which I cut out and glued to the sticks - you could use a Dymo label maker or similar. I couldn't get quite the herbs I wanted in the supermarket so a little culinary artistic licence has been used!

I hope you will be able to apply this fun tissue paper technique to your crafting! Let me know how you get on!

15 unruly observations:

  1. Love the idea , fab crackle trace x

  2. Nice design and I love the crackle effect you achieved!

  3. What a great idea the effects look terrific

    Best wishes Chrissie xx

  4. Beautiful customisatuon - they look like you bought them from a posh shop.

  5. What a delightful project! I will be keeping an eye out for some pails. Reading your tutorial was delightful also. I especially like "go have a cuppa and don't prod". :) It's so stinkin' hard NOT to "prod"!

  6. Wonderful - great idea and thanks for the tutorial!!! If only I could come for a visit to have some of your husband's famous curries - sounds delicious to me and I would be sure a bring a delightful hostess gift as well!!!!!

  7. Great tutorial, Lucy, and what charming results!


  8. A really great tutorial, Lucy, thank you - lovely to see the detail on those beautiful images staying clear and sharp, and I love your painting of them. The crackle looks so fabulous on the tins - altogether a wonderful project!
    Alison x

  9. Lovely idea and a great tutorial.....think I need to try these paints for myself!


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  11. Beautiful!! Those would look absolutely perfect in my kitchen. :)) Great detailed tutorial.

  12. What a beautiful transformation of the plain planters... love this idea. Great tute, too!

  13. Missed this! these pots are fantastic they must look wonderful by the pond in your UK garden. XOXO Zoe


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