3 DIY Crackle Paint Techniques

Crackle paint can give a beautiful, faux antique look to a variety of DIY projects, whether you’re painting furniture that you’d like to have an old, weathered look, a painting project or even the walls of your room. In case the name doesn’t adequately convey the result, crackle painting is basically a technique which causes cracks and flakes to appear in the dried paint surface, as if the object or walls were several decades old. There are a variety of techniques to achieve larger or finer crackling in you DIY craft project; just check out the rest of this article to discover 3 of them.

Crackle Paint Technique 1: Crackle Medium for Small Cracks

An easy way to get started with crackle painting is simply to get some crackle medium from your local craft or hardware store. Simply paint the ground of the surface that you want to crackle; let it dry; apply the crackle with a brush or sponge; then paint over the crackle medium with paint or finish and let dry. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to see if there is anything special you should know about the specific type of crackle that you purchased.

Even if most crackle mediums are the same, though, the manner in which you apply it can achieve different aesthetic results. If you’re going for a look of small, delicate, spidery web of cracks and fissures, like in the veneer of an Old Master painting, then you’ll want to apply as thin of a coat of the crackle medium as possible.

Crackle Paint Technique 2: Crackle Medium for Large Cracks

However, maybe you’re going for a different look: namely, a more modern, or edgier, appearance of bold, large cracks and fissures. If you want bigger cracks, then you should apply a thicker coat of the crackle medium.

Crackle Paint Technique 3: Try Using Glue

If you’re going to be completing a lot of DIY projects that require crackle painting, then you might want to consider a cheaper alternative to using special crackle medium. Many DIYers have reported excellent results using glue instead. Hyde’s glue is the most popular choice, but Elmer’s glue can also be used effectively as well. Simply apply the glue in the same manner that you would apply the crackle medium: prepare and paint the surface. Let dry. Apply the glue evenly over the surface with a brush or sponge, then paint over with the final coat of paint.

Just like the crackle medium, if you apply the glue in a thicker or thinner layer, you can achieve a finer or larger crackling. You might want to practice on a spare piece of wood, or other object, so that you can perfect your crackling technique to achieve your desired look.

You also might want to get in a little practice if you’re using glue, since it can be stickier and messier than crackle medium.