Cracklin My Chalk And Clay, And Paintin My Shoes!

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

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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.

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My first youtube video was crackling  (you can find it here  CRACKLE VIDEO)

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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!

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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)

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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

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The top 1/2 of each side I applied the glue in a stippled fashion

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the bottom 1/2 of each side I brushed the layer of glue smooth

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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

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crackle chalk clay paint painting shoes

and then waited for it to dry.

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Once dry I grabbed the CeCe Caldwell’s Pittsburgh Gray

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and brushed an even coat over the dried glue

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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…

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I got out my Liberon wax,  figured that would be a good way to seal up my shoes

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crackle chalk clay paint painting shoes  cece caldwell

crackle chalk clay paint painting shoes  cece caldwell

I even gave a quick swipe to the rest of the shoe, to brighten up the leather

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Wiped the excess…

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then did the other…

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When it dried I took the buffer to it…

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to give them a nice shine –

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It was working fabulously!

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 Is this not a hoot?

crackle chalk clay paint painting shoes  cece caldwell

crackle chalk clay paint painting shoes  cece caldwell

I am realizing that I have REAL style baby….    (sheeeeesh!)

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SPIFFY!

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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.

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Back to the crackle board.   For the top color I chose CeCe Traverse City Red –

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brushed it on –

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Quick and easy…

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and then I look down and think

“Oh my gosh, I LOVE my new shoes!”

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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.

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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…

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Sealed off with Clear Wax and Gold Mica

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Now THAT would have been fancy on my shoes!   🙂

Happy Painting! 

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6 responses to “Cracklin My Chalk And Clay, And Paintin My Shoes!

  1. You are adorable! Love the shoes and the crackle lesson!

  2. You made my day with that picture of you buffing your shoes!!! Amazing how they turned out!

    _______________ Jeff Marler Sent from iPhone

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  3. Hahahaha ha, I love it! I haven’t laugh so hard all day! Ps got your replies and am coming up with a plan soon thanks you a the BEST!

  4. You are a genius! I love how you showed the difference between stippling the glue and brushing it. I have done the glue technique, but was not happy with those long cracks, and also not happy with painting over wet glue!

    And well the shoes, the shoes are what make you FABULOUS!!

  5. Thank you for this!!!
    fun reading!!!
    will this also work with enamel paint?

  6. I don’t know We don’t carry any enamel paints BUT if you try it let us know!

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