Using Crackling Medium

Apr 29, 2007

Using Crack­ling Medium
By Lisa M. Pace

Sup­plies Needed: Acrylic Paints, DecoArt Weath­ered Crack­ling Medium, Paint Brush and chip­board (exam­ple is Maya Road Scroll Corners)


I have found that when using crack­ling medium, foam brushes are not as effec­tive as using a paint brush.

  1. Choose your paint col­ors. In this exam­ple I am using Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Pink Lip­stick and Spotlight.
  2. Using your paint brush, paint your chip­board using the paint color you want to show through the cracks. I used Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Pink Lipstick.

Crackling Medium Tutorial

  1. Set aside and allow to dry.
  2. Once the paint is dry, using your paint brush, apply DecoArt Weath­ered Crack­ling Medium over the painted surface.

Crackling Medium Tutorial

  1. Allow to dry com­pletely. Depend­ing on the thick­ness of your appli­ca­tion and the humid­ity this can take from 15 min. to an hour. Please note: The thicker you apply the crack­ling medium the larger the cracks will be.
  2. Once your crack­ling medium is dry, using your paint brush, apply thin coats of paint using your sec­ond paint color. I used Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Spot­light. You want just enough paint on your paint brush so that your brush will glide smoothly over the crack­ling medium. Do not go back over any of the wet paint. You will be paint­ing over the crackle effect and the first paint color (Pink Lip­stick) will not show. Just paint a sec­tion and move to the next.

Crackling Medium Tutorial

Crackling Medium Tutorial


  1. Allow to dry.

Crackling Medium Tutorial

  1. Once dry, adhere your fin­ished embell­ish­ment to your project or layout.

You can paint over your dried crack­led embell­ish­ment with any of the Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Glazes, accent with rhine­stones, but­tons, Stick­les, etc.

Have fun!

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  • Ste­phUK

    Thanks so much for the tuto­r­ial Lisa. :grin: I’ll be sure to try it out. Loved the cards you made too. Have a great week :grin:

  • bell

    :eek: OMG!!! thank you so much, now i know what i was doing wrong. i was going crazy, some times it would work, oth­ers time no such luck. it was dri­ving me crazy so thank u,. much love

  • Melanie

    I’ll Digg this, thanks!