While shopping in the craft section of a local store I saw a trinket that had the coolest finish. After inquiring with one of the workers about how it was done, I was dead set on trying it. I’ve recently become obsessed with trying new techniques, and since I had a particular project in mind this was the perfect opportunity for me! So what was it???!….
CRACKLE! It gives a weathered and time-worn appearance. I just LOVE the way it looks!
I’m sure you’ve all seen the decor trend with the word ‘JOY’ displayed, and a wreath being used as the ‘O’. Well, you’re about to see it again. HA! I had a branch type wreath that I used last year, and wanted to incorporate it again this year. However; it was more of a brownish color and my look has since changed (Imagine that!). To solve that issue, I just added some white and metallic silver acrylic paint to it, then some glitter in silver and white, and then modge podge to seal the glitter.
Here’s how my completed project turned out:
What I’m quickly realizing through this new obsession of mine is that some of the most difficult looking, are actually the EASIEST! This is so easy it’s almost ridiculous. Want to learn how to do it? Let’s go!
What you will need:
-Whatever object you’d like to crackle. I used chipboard letters. You could also use thicker, wooden letters.
-Crackle medium similar to this.
-Acrylic Paint. You will need 2 colors. One as the base coat, and one for the main color. The base coat you will see hints of color from when it crackels. I used white as my base, and red as my main.
-3 foam brushes similar to this. One for each color, and one for the crackle medium. Unless you prefer to wash between uses. Then you could use one.
Additional supplies (if you would like to make this exact look)
-2 Canvas Size of preference.
-Wreath of choice
-Hot glue gun/hot glue
What to do
- Paint your object its base coat color. This is the color you will see through the crackled spots. Let dry.
- Paint on your crackle medium. Let dry.
- Paint your object the main color you want it to be. You will need to paint rather quickly, and do not put on too much, nor paint on multiple coats. The finish won’t be as nice.
(If you’d like to seal it after you could, but I didn’t feel the need).
That is IT! You will watch it crackle before your very eyes! Because I’m a big nerd, I LOVED this part.
*Optional: Center letters on canvas and adhere with hot glue. Hold firmly in place until set.
Simple, yet elegant. What do you think?