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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