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Post by Scrap Monkey on Sun 5 Sep 2010 - 14:09

I rather like the crackle effect that you can get, but am far far too poor to buy crackle medium and all that gubbins Sad . So, having seen it in Craft Stamper I thought I would have a go with acrylic paints and PVA glue; very pleased to report that it works! I have seen various instructions, but this method worked best for me.

You need either two contrasting colours of acrylic paint, or coloured cardstock and acrylic paint, plus PVA.

1. Paint your 'base colour' in an even layer and leave it to dry. (or cheat and use coloured cardstock, then you can skip this first bit).

2. When it is dry, paint over a generous layer of PVA glue. Some tutorials tell you to water it down, but to be honest I had better results with it neat. Leave it to dry.

3. Paint your top colour over the entire thing, working quite quickly. I found one of those foam brush things quite useful at this point. Straight away, start to dry it with a heat gun.....and the crackles will appear before your eyes!




Here's one I made earlier Wink , this was red paint, with lemon yellow over the top. (Ignore the stamped swirls on the right hand side!).
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Post by Lorraine on Sun 5 Sep 2010 - 16:37

Oh, super, Tina.
Thanks ever so much. I'll definitley be using that method. Mr Green

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Post by thriftycrafter on Sun 5 Sep 2010 - 17:10

Why ignore the swirls, they're pretty too.
A good method though, if I ever feel the need I'll be back to find this.

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Post by kimb on Sun 5 Sep 2010 - 17:34

ooh lovely ,i will give this a try
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Post by karinlouise on Sun 5 Sep 2010 - 18:33

oh wow that looks fab. definately have to have a look at doing this. put it on my list of to do stuff i think

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Post by Maria on Sun 5 Sep 2010 - 18:41

this looks exactly the same as the effect you get by buying the fancy gear, so blooming well done Tina, its lovely and thanks for showing us.

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Post by Guest on Sun 5 Sep 2010 - 18:43

I will try this method. I have some of the 'proper' stuff
but it's not cheap.

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Post by Di Masters on Sun 5 Sep 2010 - 19:39

Great effect and looks good.

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Post by Guest on Mon 6 Sep 2010 - 18:22

WOW this is fantastic just what I need to try out on my wooden hearts (when they arrive!) where do you buy your acrylic paint from? Just wondering if you know of any bargains Very Happy

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Post by Scrap Monkey on Mon 6 Sep 2010 - 19:48

MrsShorty wrote:WOW this is fantastic just what I need to try out on my wooden hearts (when they arrive!) where do you buy your acrylic paint from? Just wondering if you know of any bargains Very Happy

it's pretty cheap in Wilkinsons. Other than that I don't know; living in the back of beyond where there are no craft shops, I tend to get it all mail order.

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Post by karinlouise on Tue 7 Sep 2010 - 8:13

think I've got anitas from years ago. Still seems ok though cos its what I used on Lily's ATC tin.

range, Boyes, wilkinsons are the few I can think of em

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Post by supergran on Tue 7 Sep 2010 - 16:41

It would work with the sample paint pots you get at DIY shops, Lesley and I used it on ceramic flower pots, and she used it on furniture.

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Post by Guest on Fri 10 Sep 2010 - 14:05

great technique , great results

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Post by kt_dragonfly on Sun 12 Sep 2010 - 15:52

Mmmmmm tried this and my top coat bubbled but didnt crackle Hump

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