Saturday, August 20, 2011

My favorite crackle paint medium: Deco Art One Step Crackle

Because I love texture, and the look of antiqued pieces, I am a crackle paint fanatic. In fact, the last time I went shopping for it, I bought all the bottles they had on the shelf! I use it a lot. The only thing I dislike, is the small bottles. I would love to be able to purchase larger containers and use this on small home decor or furniture pieces.
Deco Art One Step Crackle is easy to use, too. After painting a first layer of acrylic paint, I take a smooth, flat brush and apply it on top of the first layer in single strokes. Try to not go back over a first stroke, or it may not crackle in that spot. If you missed a spot, you can simply wait for it to dry and go back to do that spot later. After the surface has completely dried, you should be able to see the cracks. At this point, I pic a color I want the cracks to show (I usually choose brown, cream, or black) and mix it (acrylic the way) with a bit of Golden or Liquitex acrylic varnish, I wipe the mix onto the surface with a small sponge, making sure to push the color into the cracks. I keep another sponge that is damp, and some paper towel, around to wipe off any paint that may sit on the top of the piece (not in the cracks). I will post a pic later...I am being called to dinner by Happy crafting!


  1. Hi,

    Thanks for this interesting post! Should the Liquitex acrylic varnish be gloss or matte? What's your personal preference?

    Also, what's the difference between the Golden and Liquitex acrylic varnish? Which one do you prefer?

    Thanks :) I'm looking forward to reading your other posts as well.

  2. Oh, and one more question :). What brand of acrylic paint would you recommend?

  3. One Step Crackle is the best I have esed!

    I wrote to Deco Art and asked if they have plans to sell One Step Crackle in largers sizes.
    They said it's possible if there is enough demand for a larger size.
    Please contact them if you are interested in buying this in a size larger than the current 2 ounce size.
    And pass this message on. Thanks.

  4. Does the paint have to be wet when crackle is applied? instructions do not say, and I waited for the paint to dry and it did not crackle, can I salvage this? it is on a plaster frame. thanks