We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Friday, 15 February 2013

Looking old?

I've always liked doing stuff that looks a little old and distressed - a bit like me!  Got together with a couple of friends last weekend, and we each did our own thing.  I like the aged look using bitumen (diluted with white spirit), but wanted to try it on different paints, so decided to do a couple of samples.

First I covered some board with pieces of card - some embossed, and some die-cut.

Then painted with pearl paints, and a bit of metallic paint, I quite like this as it is, but wanted to stick to the plan!

Painted on the bitumen solution - let it dry, and then wiped most of it off with white spirit.

Although the colours are quite subtle as the pearl paint is pale and translucent - and I changed the colour of the birds - I do like this.  It has a sheen to it which the photo hasn't captured particularly well.

Then I had a go with pastel acrylics (Fresco again!).  These colours are more defined, and I didn't put the bitumen over the whole piece.

Again, the photo has lost some of the colour.  Borrowed a brushful of Liquid Leaf to highlight the hearts - must get some bottles of that stuff, as it is stunning.

I do like this look, so will have another go on canvas board, and combine with other techniques.

Enjoy the sunshine!


  1. Hi Kay, nice post, What is bitumen solution and where can I get some?
    MariaS x

    1. Hi Maria - bitumen is the stuff you put on flat roofs, but it needs to be diluted with white spirit. Rose has a tin of bitumen, so I'm sure she can let you have some!

  2. Hi Kay,
    The last picture is my favourite. Love the colours.