Sunday, 23 August 2015

Garden Keepers: by Tracy Evans

Welcome to my second Guest Designer post, thank you again Louise and Helen for inviting me along, I have really enjoyed altering these pieces!

This time around I have altered one of the fabulous Calico Craft Parts Arch Shrine Kits, these are a fabulous size and I have so many plans to alter more! I began by painting the Arch with a coat of Gesso and then I applied two coats of DecoArt Dark Grey Value 3 Fluid Acrylic.

Once the layers of paint were completely dry I then added a coat of DecoArt Weathered Wood and once that was completely dry I then added a coat of DecoArt Crackle Paint (Andy Skinner's Mega Crackle Technique); the crackles are amazing. Once everything was completely dry I then applied a coat of Matte Medium to protect the layers.

To add further interest to the inside I also added some stencilling using Graphite Texture paste through a stencil.

This is a flower keepers garden so obviously I added some flowers; these flowers have resin faces for the centre which I coloured with touches of Dark Grey Fluid Acrylic, applying with my finger. I also added touches of Crackle Glaze to the petals.

I added a Remnant Rub to the back wall along with a further resin flower, again adding touches of Fluid Acrylic to colour. I also added lettering to the top of the shrine "Garden Keepers".

I also included another one of my favourite Calico Craft Parts the ATB Cube Kits, these come in three sizes and are absolutely fantastic (I have lots of plans for more of these!). I did not add the top to this ATB Cube as I wanted to use it as a pot to add my flower. I painted the Cube with Fluid Acrylics, added the flower and also included a Prima Doll, along with Remnant Rubs to the body and touches of Fluid Acrylic, applied with my finger.

Two further flowers and a further doll have been added to the opposite side along with some dry moss.

From this angle you can see the depth of the shrine.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy Evans x x

Arched Shrine Kit

ATB Cube Kit


  1. I love shadow boxes and this one is so lovely with the garden theme! Wonderful deep crackle and sweet dolls and faces Tracy - what a wonderful project! Julia xx

  2. This is quite haunting and mysterious. Fantastic crackle effect. A lovely piece of work x

  3. Oh wonderful! I love the blooms stencilled onto the back wall of that fabulous crackle, and the Frozen Charlotte dolls look amazing. Love the rub-ons to add detail, and the fantastical flower heads!! Brilliant.
    Alison xx

  4. Such a beautiful garden themed shadow box! The crackle looks wonderful and I love the monochrome colour scheme, - it has such an etherial quality to it. Beautiful background on the inside with those stencilled flowers, and I adore the idea of the faces inside the flowers! Brilliant piece!

  5. Just lovely - the colors are so intriguing as well as the placement of all the lovely garden pieces. Wonderful project Tracy. j.

  6. Fabulous! Love the flower faces and amazing crackle

    Jools x

  7. A superb project Tracy, the crackle is amazing, I love the frozen charlottes and the flowers are gorgeous! Anne xx

  8. Love the Relics & Artifacts dolls here, what a beautiful piece!

  9. So love Art Shrines and this is gorgeous. Happy crafting, Angela x

  10. Love your shrine Tracy! The crackle and flower pieces- just perfect together! Yummy!
    Jackie xo

  11. Love, love, love this ! Fantastic Tracy !
    Corrie x x

  12. I'm going to repeat what Corrie said, love, love, love this Tracy! Deb xo