Saturday, 4 April 2015

Grunge Paste Fun

Hi Everyone,

The current challenge over on the Paperartsy blog is to use Grunge Paste or other texture paste.

You can find out all the info and see the DT inspiration HERE

The May edition of Craft Stamper magazine arrived the other day and in it Elizabeth Borer has a masterclass on stamping onto fabric - including stamping on hessian. I wanted to give this a try so here is my finished piece:

To start with I took a wide piece of hessian ribbon, it was really thick and sturdy.

I smoothed the Grunge Paste on with a palette knife as Elizabeth did in her project, once dry I added a second layer just to make sure I had a nice surface.

Next I added stamping with black archival and the Clare Lloyd Paperartsy plate ECL04 and heat set.

I coloured my girl using Spectrum Noir pencils then coloured the background around her using a babywipe and Chutney, Chartreuse and Pumpkin Soup Fresco paints. Then frayed the edges of the hessian for a nice rustic look:

I then created a tag to mount her on by spreading a thick layer of Grunge Paste onto a size 8 tag then stamped into it using the zigzag stamp from the same Clare Lloyd plate.

I painted the tag using Chutney and Seaweed then lightly dry brushed some Chartreuse over the top before rubbing over a little Renaissance Treasure Gold to really highlight all that texture:

I stuck my hessian girl onto the tag using gel medium as she is quite thick and heavy (poor girl!)

And there she is all done:

A couple of close ups:


Loved making this - the textures are great and I love the effect of using the pencils over the grunge pastey hessian!

Thanks for looking,

Claire x




  1. What a great tag, love the GP on the fabric. and the pencils work so well over the GP

  2. This looks fab Claire, and I love how you got the GP smooth enough over the hessian to get a lovely clear crisp image and your choice of colours is very complimentary xxx

  3. what a great looking tag, so rustic…stunning.

  4. I love your tag Claire, I was reading the article the other day - just need time to play.
    Have a great Easter, Avril xx

  5. Wow, Claire, this worked so well! I love the stamping over the Grunge Paste. You've also explained so clearly and so well in your step by steps. I must try this. xxx

  6. Got my CS on Saturday and have just read it, the masterclass is great isn't it. Glad to see you tried the hessian technique it looks amazing, and i love how you have used the GP by stamping into it. Bravo, you have rocked this Claire! :-) xxx

  7. She looks ace on the hessian. X

  8. Absolutely love the paste on the hessian, such a cool rustic look.
    Alison xx