Sunday 29 March 2015

Alteration For DecoArt Mixed Media Blog

Hi everyone. Thought I'd share a post of mine which has been featured on the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog. Of all the strangest things, it features the alteration of a teapot! I just kept looking at this old teapot and thinking 'it should go in the bin' - but on the other hand I kept thinking 'I could do something with that'. Needless to say, I eventually got round to it and here are the results: 

Completed transformation.
Teapot in its original condition including large chip and crack.
Teapot is given two coats of Multi Surface Paint to prime it.

Die cut swirls from grungeboard, die cut leaves from grungepaper and half pearls are stuck into position.

The teapot is now given two coats of DecoArt Titan Buff fluid acrylic.

Die cut swirls leaves and half pearls are coloured with a mix of Green Gold fluid acrylic & Gold metallic acrylic.

 Areas of the teapot are roughly dry brushed with Raw Umber fluid acrylic.

 Detail image of dry brushwork on spout.

DecoArt Media line products used to antique the teapot.

 The teapot is covered with crackle glaze.

 Detail showing raw umber fluid acrylic in cracks of the dried glaze.

 The blue/green tone is achieved by coating the teapot with Patina Antiquing Cream which is wiped away using a baby wipe.

Metallic gold is added to the rim of the pot over the crackle glaze.
Lid knob detail image.
Teapot handle detail image.
Spout detail image.

 Rim of spout with additional gold acrylic added. Note the glaze extends inside the spout.

Hope you like the transformation. I hate tea myself but there are some gorgeous antique teapots around which always attract my attention - this is one project which I will keep! Thanks for visiting.

Further news: I am going to show my work at Mixed Media World thanks to Donna of Inky And Quirky who gave me a heads up that they currently have a challenge going on that this piece would fit. It must eons since I last entered a challenge so I thought it would be fun to go over and have a look at MMW. Loads of inspiring art being shown both by the DT and the entries - amazing!


  1. Wow, wow, wow, absolutely brilliant!!! What an amazing transformation, that Patina Antiquing cream just gives such a gorgeous colour tone to it all, and of course the crackle glaze never fails to disappoint. Really, really stunning, - no wonder you are hanging on to this one Julia! Oh and great step by step photos too!

  2. WOW Julia what an amazing transformation of your tea pot. Sensational embellies and colours, the Patina is just exquisite:-) xxx

  3. Wow,love the colours and textures on this Julia,beautifully done.
    There's no reason why you can't enter this for the MMW challenge ;)
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  4. From an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan!! What wonderful work!

  5. A fabulous transformation Julia! It's beautiful! xxx

  6. I have nearly the same tea pot! I should try, now you perfectly showed what it could turn out in your talented hands!

  7. That is so beautiful, what an amazing transformation! Truly a work of art, thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous 'new' teapot and these great techniques.

  8. I absolutely loved this when I saw it on DecoArt blog Julia and it is lovely to see it again here. A wonderful transformation into a beautiful work of art! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Wow, an amazing project, it looks stunning, an antique of the future.
    Yvonne xx

  10. Simply stunning, Julia - I'm bowled over. Glorious crackle, as ever... a really inspired and inspiring piece of altered art.
    Alison xx

  11. When you say to "stick on" the grungeboard swirls, do you mean as in gluing them? If so what glue are you using ? This is a wonderful project and your steps are very clear. I can see doing this to vases from the thrift store. Always looking for a unique gift. Voila !

  12. Oh Julia,this is stunning! I am a Tea lover and this just a lovely tribute to all tea lovers...would love to have one, lol! I love the use of die cuts here and the antiqoe look with the cracks is just perfect. So PRICELESS, love it!

  13. What an amazing transformation, it's gorgeous.
    xxx Hazel.

  14. Wow Julia, a fabulous transformation!!! :-) For me, despite I don't hate tea I never have enough time to have tea properly using such beautiful teapot haha.. but I think I also couldn't resist keeping this one for myself if I had such beauty at home. :) Bises, Coco

  15. Oooh! Texture heaven....LOVE the crackle...of course ...the muted colours, well everything about it! One stunning transformation. Ruth x

  16. How wonderful is this? LOVE LOVE LOVE that you did this, and now I want to too! I need an old pot! Gorgeous!!!

  17. Julia, this make left me breathless! How exquisite!!! You rocked this!! xo


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