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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