Fourth post about the faux finishes and today Michelle shows us how to master the crackle effect with a combination of techniques which she used on her gorgeous Scrapbook page.
I wanted to try a few different products to maybe compile a 'which' report on the different crackles we have in stock at The Craft Barn but was amazed how many different crackle products there were on the website!
Needless to say, common sense prevailed and I stuck to trying just four different products, Dreamweaver Crackle Paste. Croco Crackling Colour, Crackle Accents and PVA with Acrylic paint.
Here's the how to
To make the test fair I cut four pieces of mountboard and painted them with a peachy orange acrylic paint.
I followed the directions on the crackle medium as follows
(Top) On the top piece of mountboard I layered a thickish coat of Dreamweaver crackle paste over the terra paint
(Next) On the next mountboard, I spread a thick coat of Transparent Croco Crackling Colour over the terra paint
(2nd from bottom) On this mountboard, I spread a coat of Ranger Crackle Accents
(Bottom) On this piece I spread a coat of PVA glue then immediately coated it with darker acrylic paint
All the pieces were then left to dry
As you can see all the different crackle medium had different appearances and characteristics. I was surprised at the difference in texture between each of the medium
When this piece was totally dry I painted it liberally with Broken China Distress stains which I left to soak in then wiped off with a baby wipe, after which I just rubbed a bit of terra paint along the edges of the board.
The thin piece of mountboard is the home made PVA crackle. This worked really well and has completely different texture from the commercial crackle.
This is the piece coated with Croco Crackle Colour, which has also been coloured with vintage photo Distress Ink. Quite a bit of crackle lifted off when I cleaned the stain off and left quite a coarse crackle texture.
And here's the way I've used the pieces, to create a scrapbook page with photos of Anthony Gormley's installation on Crosby Beach.
Dreamweaver embossing paste: Crackle
Distress Stains: Broken china and Vintage photo
Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz: Stuff to say
Andy Skinner acrylic stamps: Antiques
7 Dots Studio - Wonderland: Mad tea party and Quadrille
You can also create crackle effects with: