We had a Level II workshop earlier this week, and one of the boards we worked up was a chalk/clay paint crackle, using school glue
We know the process, brushing on a layer of school glue, and while wet brushing chalk/clay paint over it – and then watching it crack as it dries.
My first youtube video was crackling (you can find it here CRACKLE VIDEO)
A simple enough concept, but one that can cause a few loud, frusturating sighs. There is something unnatural about painting OVER a layer of gooey glue. You have to be careful not to push/pull/over stroke it, you need enough paint but not too much paint….
So, it was a pleasant surprise when I was playing around and found that the chalk/clay paint cracks over a layer of DRIED GLUE!
This excites me… When you brush over a layer of dried glue, you don’t have to worry about over-fiddling – you can just brush on your layer of paint like you would if you weren’t going over glue…. AND it creates a little finer of a crackle, not so potent, which would make a better overall crackle if you wanted larger areas covered.
So I took this old board that was painted CeCe Nantucket Spray , and a pair of shoes (keep reading)
I painted the right side with a metallic silver – I wanted to see if this would work over a metallic paint base) and then applied glue to both sides
The top 1/2 of each side I applied the glue in a stippled fashion
the bottom 1/2 of each side I brushed the layer of glue smooth
While I waited for that to dry I started my second experiment – seeing if it would work on my old leather shoes.
I stippled the glue on
and then waited for it to dry.
Once dry I grabbed the CeCe Caldwell’s Pittsburgh Gray
and brushed an even coat over the dried glue
and I waited for that to dry. If you click on the photo you can see that the paint did indeed crackle, even over the leather, but it was pretty fine – not heavy enough for my taste…
I got out my Liberon wax, figured that would be a good way to seal up my shoes
I even gave a quick swipe to the rest of the shoe, to brighten up the leather
Wiped the excess…
then did the other…
When it dried I took the buffer to it…
to give them a nice shine –
It was working fabulously!
Is this not a hoot?
I am realizing that I have REAL style baby…. (sheeeeesh!)
On a serious note, isn’t this fun? I did this three days ago, and honestly, I’ve worn these shoes to work ever since! They are so comfortable, and now they don’t just look like wide, frumpy black shoes.
Back to the crackle board. For the top color I chose CeCe Traverse City Red –
brushed it on –
Quick and easy…
and then I look down and think
“Oh my gosh, I LOVE my new shoes!”
Right side is the Traverse City Red over Metallic Blend – it worked fine over the metallic base, and the left side is the Traverse City Red over Nantucket Spray
DRIED GLUE in the middle.
Notice how the top half created a broken allover crackle, from stippling on the glue. The bottom half, where the glue was brushed on, created longer cracks…
Now THAT would have been fancy on my shoes! 🙂
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