kroma crackle

adventures between the cracks

crackled fabric butterflies

Inspired by successful experiments with crackle on fabric, I made some crackled butterflies and used them to jazz up a handmade purse that I diverted from its path to the thrift store.

thread and butterflies

I started with a sheet of Lutradur  medium weight mixed media fabric and drew around cardboard templates with a fine tip marker to make a sheet of butterfly shapes.fine tip marker outlines

I gave each shape a couple of coats of acrylic paint – choosing pearlescent white mixed with bright colours to create metallic  tones – this is the colour that ends up showing in between the cracks. acrylic colours with pearlescent white for background

Once dry  I tinted Kroma Crackle with small amounts of acrylic colours and applied a layer with a palette knife onto each butterfly shape, adding a few dots of contrasting colours to create simple patterns on the wings.

 kroma crackle tinted with acrylic colour

crackle dried

Once the cracks had formed and the crackle was dry I added detail to the wing patterns using Copic brush tip markers.details added with Copic markercopic marker details

I added a layer of clear fluid acrylic medium for extra strength before cutting out the butterflies using scissors.

I used a needle and metallic green thread to stitch the butterflies onto the fabric purse and added a twig and some leaves which were also made with acrylic colours and Kroma Crackle on Lutradur mixed media fabric .

purse embellished with crackled butterflies

And now I have to find homes for a small flock of extra butterflies!

butterflies on lutradur mixed media fabric

One comment on “crackled fabric butterflies

  1. Gabriela
    August 9, 2013


    Love these butterflies! Fabulous appliques.


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