DIY-crackle-paint

There are lots of products on the market that can help you create a painted crackle finish.  But what if you’re on a budget, snowed in, or just trying to de-stash?  Here’s a frugal solution.

A lot of my friends are new to crafting, so I mentioned on my FB fan page that I was thinking of doing an occasional post where I teach some basic techniques.  People liked the idea, and even offered several suggestions for things they’d like to learn how to do.  Here’s one of their requests:  how to use glue to make crackle paint.

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I have done this process on wood and ceramic.  It’s really pretty basic.  First, paint your project with a base coat.  This is the color that will show through the cracks.  Then you cover the entire surface with white school glue (like Elmer’s).

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Don’t wait for the glue to dry!  Paint over the glue with the top color.  I used crafter’s acrylic paints.

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As they paint dries, you will see cracks form.

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Here’s the finished project!

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I love a crackled, distressed finish, so I’ve used this technique a few times.  I repurposed some old paintings to create decor for my daughter’s room.  These frames were originally gold, and I used glue and white paint to change them.  A little scrapbook paper and some vinyl wall clings helped complete the puppy wall grouping for her room.

If you haven’t tried making your own crackle finish with glue, I hope you’ll give it a shot.

I’d love to hear what you’d like to learn for future “teach me” posts.   What technique or product do you want to learn more about?

 

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