Chalk Painting Techniques Paint Crackle Finish
TIP OF THE DAY! LET’S TALK the Chalk Painting Techniques Paint Crackle Finish. HOW TO ACHIEVE A CRACKLE FINISH ON YOUR CHALK PAINTED DECORATOR ITEM!
Vintage-furniture hounds spend years tracking down painted pieces that have just the right patina, its cracked layers of colour just oozing with charm. You can shortcut that journey with contrasting shades of Paint. I love the muted contrast of a crackle finish and it’s super easy to achieve!
Start with your base colour (one of my fav’s (of course) is one of Marilyn’s metallic chalk furniture paints, in gold, silver or copper, as the base coat – so just a smidge of the gilding shows through – one or two coats!) & allow to dry.
Get your hair dryer plugged in and ready!
Apply your chosen “top colour” quite thickly, working in small areas only, say 6″ x 6″ (that’s how old I am!) or 15cm x 15cm and quickly dry each small area with your hair dryer – start about 30cm away and slowly get closer for the desired crackle effect. DON’T GO TO CLOSE with your hair dryer as you will definitely end up with the spray look!
OR, should you decide for a “quick fix” (that’s me!) use one of our fabulous Special FX Paints, Marilyn’s Crack Finish, it goes on clear, and shrinks and cracks the paint colour layered on top of it, revealing glimpses of the base shade.
Whichever you choice a “crackle” effect ages furniture right before your eyes. Which means you can create your own version of a piece’s history, with colours of your choosing, whether you’re aging one that’s actually old or not.
This photo is a commissioned project and is one of my most fav crackle finish projects. It was not cheap to achieve, although I gave the bathtub two coats of Marilyn’s Marigold Yellow Chalk Paint, followed by a coat of Marilyn’s Metallic Gold Chalk Furniture Paint, topped that off with a coat of Marilyn’s Crackle Finish & then finished with a coat of Marilyn’s Heirloom Chalk Furniture Paint. The results were absolutely amazing, if I say so myself! (Which quite obviously, I do!)