Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Crackle Tutorial

As promised, here is how you crackle finish. You'll be amazed at how simple it is to do.

First, start with a plain piece of cardboard/chipboard. I used my Sizzix to cut out this star shape.

Next, choose a color of paint for your base coat. I ususally use a dark color underneath and a light color on top. The dark color is what will show through once the paint crackles. Here I used Making Memories copper glaze.

Once the paint dries, apply the Crackle Medium. This is what the bottle of Crackle Medium I use looks like. It's by Folk Art and you can buy it at Wal-Mart. I used a sponge brush and covered my painted star with it. Let it dry before proceeding to the next step.

This next step is where the magic happens. You will now apply your top coat. I used Making Memories acrylic paint in Manila. The trick here is to use alot of paint when you brush it on AND don't go over it again or you'll mess up the crackle layer. Just lay it on thick with one brushstroke on each application. When it starts to dry, the top coat will start to crack and you will end up with something beautiful like this...

Ta Da!! Click on the images to get a better look. Email me if you have any questions. See there, and you thought I was some kind of altering genius! Now you know better! Ha ha!!


momoferika said...

I for one have to give this a try. You know I've always wanted to know how to do looked so hard to be honest with you. Thanks for the step by step instructions...with teenagers I get fuzzy brain so this is perfect for me LOL.

Amy Birch said...

Ohhhh, I want to try this!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Jocelyn said...

Great job!!!

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