Crackle is a process of making a layer of paint that has been placed over another layer, crack, giving an “aged” look to new and old furniture, walls, almost any surface. The crackle product is “sandwiched” in between the 2 layers, and, because of the chemical action of the layers, causes the top layer to separate and crack from the underlying layer. It can be a very simple process and easy to do. Cracks can be made large or small, placed in certain sections or covering everything. Terra Bella Paint & Finishes Crackle can even make a clear varnish topcoat crack, which can be difficult or impossible with other crackles. This Crackle can even make the Terra Bella Texture crack, another difficult feat.
Crackle should be protected with a Liquid Wax or Varnish coat. Crackle can be used on any surface from paper to hard stones.
After crackling and before putting on the topcoat, the crackled piece can be stored indefinitely and will crackle weeks, months, or years later. Crackle can be used in : Stenciling, Scrapbooking/Memory,Altered Art,Fine Art, Decoupage,Furniture, Mixed Media, Faux Finishing, Decorative Painting, Stamping
Directions for Use: Brush or sponge Crackle over an already dry surface. Let Crackle dry. If heavy crackling is desired, apply a second coat and let dry. Brush or sponge topcoat of paint, varnish, glaze or wood texture on top of dried Crackle. It is necessary to work fast and not keep going over the surface. Repetitive brushing tends to pull off the underlying layers once the crackling process has begun. Let dry. For an antique look, apply a coat of Liquid Wax or Varnish as a top coat, let dry, then apply Tinted Liquid Wax into the cracks.
- Vertical brushing gives vertical cracks - A sponge gives random cracks - A light amount of crackle gives a crackleur effect-very small cracks - A criss cross motion with a bristle brush gives small random cracks.
A Green Product
Water based and non toxic, contains no VOC’s Cleans up with soap and water.
Bottled in 4 oz., quart and gallon containers.
Works well with any of Terra Bella Paint & Finishes products. MADE IN THE USA Zero VOC, No Heavy Metals