"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Thursday, April 10, 2008


I'm working on a round robin book that I'm not quite finished with yet, but needed a crackle finish. If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you will remember that I posted a sample done with the Tim Holtz crackle paints. I was not terribly impressed with this product - it didn't crackle enough for my taste and is expensive too. Here are some samples I made today with a very simple crackle finish using Elmer's Glue-It-All - yes, the cheap Elmer's glue we all know - and cheap acrylic craft paint.

Both samples were made with the same materials and the same way, but with different amounts of glue. First a piece of plain chipboard was painted with a coat of acrylic paint (brown in this case). When dry, I added a coat of Elmer's glue and while it was still wet, covered that with a coat of acrylic paint in a different color. This can be left to air dry or dried with a heat gun if you're impatient like me.

The sample on the left shows the results when you use a relatively thin coat of glue. I used an ivory paint for the top coat. The right sample shows the results of a thick coat of glue and white paint. I think these result in a far nicer "crackle" than the more expensive Ranger product.


glitterangel said...

Wow, a great finish. I too prefer a larger crackle finish than you can achieve with the Ranger paint.

Mary Lynn in Texas said...

Thank you for the neat technique. It really looks great. As usual, your blog looks lovely, and I still adore your header.

Darlene said...

I LOVE the large crackle finish on the right! I have also tried commercial crackle-type products and have not been satisfied.

Thanks for sharing your technique - I'm definitely going to try it this weekend.

Jean said...

Wow , great results! Thank you for sharing your technique!!!