That photo says it all. I've been out of the loop long enough that when I went to grab a crackle medium, I got the one I really DISLIKE as opposed to the one I *LOVE*.
And I smeared a lot on, with delight, until the brain slowly creaked into gear and this thought wandered through...."Anne, this is way too thin....it doesn't feel right...."
omg...I then read the label closely.
I began swiping as much as possible off the BG color and had to let it sit and dry. Next day it looked workable and I put on the RIGHT ONE:
....Along with some microglitter blown into the damp surface of the crackle medium. (uncap the bottle, hold close to mouth and gently blow across top--you'll get a very fine distribution of glitter) You can see the light pink in the top layer.
It was hard to choose what color I wanted:
Yes, you can have a few too many choices.....
I hit the wet surface with a hairdryer to help get the crackling going as my patience was running thin and I kept thinking about the MISTAKE stuff that was underneath.
But sometimes, THERE ARE NO MISTAKES.
I really couldn't see the results that well until I put a wash of dark over the crackle~~that *mistake* medium had made the other one work perfectly! I would have never considered using them together, and since I have several bottles of the one I don't like so much, this was GREAT!
As I said, NO MISTAKES!
I applied some lettering (another adventure because the surface was very slick, but pattern tissue and medium weight matte gel did the trick) then finished off the bottom with decorative upholstery tacks, copper wire and beads.
And the finished piece:
I was happy with how everything came together after adding the spoons. Had to make a frantic call to my dear friend Jan at Laughing Dog Arts to figure out how to attach said spoons as the insulated staples I was using were loath to go into the wood panel nicely. Jan is much calmer than I am...she said, "A small nail for a pilot hole?"
Thank you....perfect. *whew*
So, happy art finished and mailed out, recipient happy, I *can* still make art so I'm happy, and there are no mistakes really.
Although the amount I had working on this piece sort of pushed that envelope as far as possible, I think. ;-)