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)
- a brush
- a paperboard
- adhesive tape
- a hairdryer
- 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 ;-)