The idea to make this mask comes from my everyday life: I see almost every day an old cracked information sticker on public transport bus. (You can see that sticker in picture 1)
I was thinking a lot, how I could produce such cool pattern/effect on film. Then I found a set of cracking varnishes and I decide to make a mask with these transparent varnishes.
Here is a short description of how I made the mask.
Things you will need:
a transparent plastic sheet (you can find it in Office Supplies stores)
a set of cracking varnishes: 1.water based transparent varnish, 2.cracking varnish (you can find in art shops)
cut out an about 7×7 cm square from the transparent plastic sheet
fix it to the paperboard with adhesive tape so it’s easier to paint
now comes the first varnish, a transparent napkin varnish (decoupage technique), apply a thin layer on the plastic sheet
after 30 minutes, when the base varnish dried, comes the second varnish, which creates the cracks. Apply in smooth even strokes.
cracks will appear as the varnish dries. It’s recommended to use a hairdryer to speed up the drying of the varnish. The total time of drying is about 4 hours, but using a hairdryer, the cracks appear sooner.
the mask is almost ready; finally you need to cut out the right size.
It’s important to put the mask as close as possible to the film. In the case of Lubitel2 camera, I could take out a part of the camera, so it was easy to fix the mask to this part and put it back together.
Let’s see the result:
I like these cracked pictures, the cracks are unique and random.
You can even play with the size of the cracks too: if you don’t leave time for drying the first varnish and you paint the wet cracking varnish, you get bigger, wider cracks.
I will continue the experiments, so stay tuned ;-)
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