Sunday, June 17, 2007

Crackle backgrounds

Decided to get the crackle medium out again this weekend & have a play, the thing is, once the backgrounds were done, I had trouble finding the right images to complement them & in the end decided on the above butterflies.
I use the Folk Art Crackle Medium which is dead easy to use in 3 simple steps:
1. Paint your card with a basecoat of acrylic paint (this will be the colour that shows through
the cracks), leave to dry.
2. Next apply one coat of crackle medium (thin coat for small cracks, thick coat for large cracks)
& leave to dry.
3. Finally apply your topcoat of acrylic paint over the crackle layer ensure you use long smooth
even strokes & don't overlap or go over an area again as this will obscure the crackles which
form as soon as the topcoat is applied. For web-like cracking you can sponge on the topcoat....
have to admit that I haven't tried that one yet though!

5 comments:

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

thanks for the info and tips...I struggle with this and the stuff drives me maaaaaad rofl
Gorgeous example...perfect image to suit and fab composition.

Judy said...

Yum, I just adore crackle medium - you have done it so well. Looks just great.

Hermine said...

Great background. Love it.

The Colourguru said...

nice work G.....I always muck up crackle medium.......I need to revisit it. Well Done xK

sharon (glitterangel) said...

I hate trying to use crackle medium, you've done a fantastic job with yours.