What normally takes
many years of wind and weather can occur almost instantly on any painted surface
with a few brush strokes of crackle medium. These waterbase, non-toxic mediums are
easy to use on furniture and decorative accessories.
with One Color (Aged Look)
- Apply the crackle medium
over the basecoated surface. Let it dry 30 , 60 minutes (you may need a bit
more drying time depending on the weather.) When the Crackle Medium is dry there
should be an overall sheen to the surface. If any areas appear dull, apply another
coat of Crackle Medium.
- Next apply a coat of FolkArt® Clear
Satin Varnish. This is the coat that will be crackling. You will need to load your
brush fairly heavy and work in small areas. DO NOT overstroke, as this will make you
cracks disappear. Simply apply and move on to the next area. Let dry 24 hours.
- The varnish will dry clear and you won't be able to see
the cracks until you apply FolkArt® Antiquing Medium. You will need to antique in
the cracks so that the surface will appear aged. Apply the antiquing medium onto the
surface with a regular sponge by first dampening the sponge so it will be soft and
pliable. Squeeze a small amount (1/8 teaspoon , ¼ teaspoon) of antiquing onto
one side of the sponge. Squeeze the sponge together to press the paint into the
surface of the sponge.
- Rub this antiquing onto the surface of
your project and into the cracks. When the surface looks appealing to you and the
cracks have been rubbed with enough paint, wipe or rub any excess paint off the
surface with a clean, slightly damp soft rag or another sponge; be careful not to
remove too much from the cracks. Do this before the antiquing medium has dried. If
you wait too long and the medium is dry, lightly sand the surface with very fine
sandpaper. This will remove only the film of paint left on the surface. If you used
too much antiquing paint, sand the entire surface and start
Crackling with Two
- To crackle using two colors, apply one coat of
FolkArt Crackle Medium over base painted surface with a foam brush. Allow to dry 2
, 4 hours. When the Crackle Medium is dry there should be an overall sheen to
the surface. If any areas appear dull, apply another coat of Crackle Medium.
- Apply a contrasting paint color over the dried Crackle Medium.
Brush the paint onto the surface with a foam or soft bristled brush. Be very careful
not to overlap or restroke the area. Crackling will begin instantly and if you go
back over it, the cracks will mess up or disappear completely. Work as fast and
smoothly as possible.
Different Degrees of
- You can easily create different degrees of
crackling, from subtle to bold. For a subtle crackle, apply a thin coat of medium.
For a bolder look, apply more Crackle Medium.
- Crackle Medium
will also react differently according to the applicator with which you apply it. For
bolder cracks, apply it with a sponge. For finer cracks, use a brush.
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Crackle Medium. |
| || Apply color over crackle medium - dark over light
| || Finished crackle - dark base with light top coat.