Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Crackling Up

So many projects in the works . . . and none of them done!  Oh well, instead of posting a start-to-finish tutorial, I'll show you this fun technique I learned here.  I have been messing around with this great (cheap!) way to make a crackle finish a lot lately.  I'll be honest, I'm probably spending a little too much time watching paint dry ;)  Anyway, here's how you too can make something crackled & cool!

You will need:
Acrylic paint (be bold, do TWO colors)
Elmer's glue
Brushes (I use foam)
Something to paint
I like both looks - crackle on straight chip board/upcycled cardboard, and when it's showing a peek of another color.  You decide which you want to do - if you want two colors, then paint your base coat and let mostly dry.   Now, cover your piece in glue.
The more uneven, the better (in my humble opnion!).  The thicker the glue, the larger the cracks (and vice versa).  Spread the glue around with one of those brushes - if it starts to dry, put a little more on.  Or leave it - there won't be any cracks in those areas!
Don't let your glue dry!  At least, not all the way!  Spread the paint on nice and thick - I think thicker paint also makes larger cracks, but I cannot quantify that claim!  However, I thinned the white paint on this first board with a little water and the cracks are a quite a bit smaller.  
Set your pieces somewhere safe to dry and then watch the magic happen!  Or, if you have more important things to do (like wash your hair, etc), maybe just come back in an hour or so.  It takes a little longer to dry with that glue layer.  Isn't it amazing?  (This is my second board, where I painted on a lime green base coat and did not thin the white paint - see the larger cracks?)
 What am I making with these interesting bits?  Well, I can't tell you - but I'll show you next week, after they are done and have been shipped & received :)  Have fun making your own crackled items - once you start, you can't stop!
This little birdie is for sale at my shop :) See - I can't stop!  These are made using upcycled cardboard packaging.  I'll be adding more fun shapes soon!  And what else will you be seeing soon . . . why some of these little beauties - I saw it, pinned it, and had to MAKE it - because these teeny bows are too darn cute.  I'm making non-jewlery items with my bows - I'll share more soon!

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  1. Great tutorial!

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  2. Hi Cameron! This is my first visit here, found you through Home Savvy AtoZ and I'm happy to have found another craft blog! I've become your newest follower and hope to see you over at my place soon. Have a nice day,

  3. This is a great trick that I did not know. Thanks for sharing and for joining our Link It Up Thursday party.

  4. Your little birdie is so cute! Thank you for the tip, I'm definitely going to try it! I found you on Today's Creative Blog. Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. How very clever!! I am going to have to try this for sure. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  6. This is such a great technique! Just pinned it :) Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!


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