There are different crackle mediums, most common is one component crackle medium -Country Crackle
Usingthis mediumwe obtain the effect of crackedpaint
1. First paint your item with dark acrylic paint (I used dark brown) , leave it to dry, than cover it with Country Crackle medium. Depending on thethickness of themediumwe cangetbiggerorsmallercracks. Leave it to dry again
2. Now paint it with lighter acrylic color. If you want to add decoupage on it, you must use very light color (I used white). Depending on theapplication of the paintyou cangetdifferent shapesof cracks. Ipaintedusing a flatbrush anda roundsponge brush. Leave it to dry.
Please note! The paintstarts to crackalmost immediately, so do not paint twicein the same place!
3. Now is time for adding decoupage. I used napkin, rice paper, soft paper and classic paper for decoupage, to showyou howdifferentpaper typeslookson thedecoratedsurface. I used matt decoupage glue
4. As you can see on the picture, after gluingcracksarevisible through thepapernapkin and rice paper.Protect your work with mattorsatinvarnish, withso manylayers ofvarnish untilthe paperblendcompletely (napkinusually3-4 layers. rice paperabout 6-7layers.thickerpapers-10-20 layers or more,until the "stuck on" appearance disappears.)
Two components crackling lacquer is used differently and gives totally different look. It is used over finished item, meaning your item was painted in light color, napkin was applied and everything is t dry.
Then apply first component using dry brush. Leave it to dry and when it has dried you can apply second component.
When everything is dry crackles are not very visible so now you should use metallic powders (porporina) and rub them into cracks.
Available crackling lacquers: small (universal for most projects) web (the most difficultto obtainbutmy favorite-onlyusing thislacqueryou canuse thehair dryer, ifcracksdo not appearnaturally) large (perfect for larger projects- cracks are wider and bigger)