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Tarmac Technique

What a day I had yesterday full of fun, laughter and getting messy … definitely messy, with my crafty friend.  Before I go any further I bet you are wondering why I keep referring to her as ‘My Crafty Friend’, simple really, she would rather not have her name mentioned on the web.

Well the messy part was using Bitumen Paint … TAR … to you and me.  Ali mentioned this technique on C & C and she showed something which she had made, it looked rather cool.  She kindly gave details of where she had seen the technique used.  Off I trots to find out more details which you can find HERE.

Karen says dilute the Bitumen paint to about 50/50 with white spirit but my suggestion is to start with about 80% paint to 20% white spirit and see how you get on.

There has to be a before and after so the before is this rather pretty but very bright book box that I had in my stash (bought from Dunnes Stores for €5).  Below is the altered box … love it better now.


You really should have seen this when it was covered with tar you would have thought I had lost my marbles.



Now isn’t that just the coolest technique.


11 Responses to “Tarmac Technique”

  1. Irene Chillman says:

    OMG Shirl, this is incredible, absolutely adore it. I so need one of those.
    Hope you have a good weekend, and I’ll try and be in touch next week, hopefully not the day your out having fun with your crafty friend.
    Irene xx

  2. Crafty frenid says:

    Glad you had a great day with me i had a great day to getting all messy but must say it paid off, I love what I have done so far not quite finished but will have it done over the weekend speak soon friend happy crafting xxxx

  3. Anne R says:

    I still cannot imagine what it looked like covered in bitumen but wow, what a fabulous result Shirl, it is absolutely beautiful. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Anne x

  4. butterfly says:

    Absolutely love your transformed book box, what a brilliant makeover… The tarmac technique sounds amazing, and I certainly love the results here, so thank you for the link – I’ll definitely be checking it out. And all the stamping on here is just wonderful – love, love, love it!
    Alison xx

  5. Dot says:

    Hi Shirley. Your transformed box looks brilliant…glad you showed the ‘before’ pics! This looks like it was heaps of fun, and that’s the best type of crafting!!! Great colours too.
    Dot x

  6. coco says:

    Oh wow!! This is absolutely stunning and gives gorgeous results (at least in your hands Shirl lol). Never heard about this before… Looks like a fab technique, I would love giving a try on this technique, maybe one day! All on this is awesome (not only the technique!!). Hugs, Coco xx

  7. Avril says:

    WOW Shirley, this looks fantastic – just had a look at the technique, thanks for the link.
    Love the images and colour of the inside, a truly amazing alteration.
    Avril xx

  8. This is superb! It was quite a nice box when you started but oh my goodness, by the time you’d finished it looked superb! LOVE the way that bitumen front cover works and it’s great to have a real contrast with the sides/back and insides of the box. Great work Shirley. Jenny x

  9. marie fox says:

    hi Shirley, only one word WOW, stunning

  10. Hello! I love the transformation of the box, beautiful work!!
    You use the bitumen of Judea and white spirit? or is other product ??
    thanks for share! hugs from Argentina

  11. karen mdf says:

    Hi Shirl,

    Love it, I`m the lady from mdf man. Karen x

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