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Easy Painting Technique: How To Paint A Crackle Finish

Create a beautiful rustic look with simple wooden frames and an easy painting technique. Learn how to paint a crackle finish in 3 easy steps!

Using a few dollar store wooden frames and my easy technique for creating a crackle finish with supplies that you most likely already have in your home, this project comes to life quickly! Painting a crackle finish adds a rustic touch and fun texture to your project. Turn a boring frame into something exciting! Learn how to paint a crackle finish!

How to paint a crackle finish with just paint and glue! Easy painting technique!

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How to paint a crackle finish with just paint and glue! Easy painting technique!

how to paint a crackle finish

Learn how to paint a crackle finish! I’m a huge fan of this fun technique. You will use supplies that you most likely already have, and no two crackle projects are exactly alike. Half the fun is waiting for it to dry to see the beautiful results!

What you need: 

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Tools you need to paint a crackle finish - paint, school glue, picture frames

supplies Needed: 

Painting wood picture frames brown

Instructions:

1. Crackle technique: paint the base coat

Choose a dark color of acrylic paint for the base coat. For this project, I used a dark brown. Any dark color will work. This coating of paint will be mostly covered by your lighter top coat but will peek through after the crackling has occurred.

Paint all edges of your frames with the base coat of paint. Allow this coat to fully dry before going to the next step.

Spreading white glue on a brown-painted picture frame

2. Crackle technique: add glue

Once the base coat is thoroughly dry, add a thick coat of white glue. Paint it over top of all of the base coat. Immediately go to step 3 before the glue dries.

Adding white paint on top of the brown-painted picture frame

3. Crackle technique: paint the top coat of paint

While the glue is still wet, add a thick coating of your chosen top coat of acrylic paint. In my example, I am using white acrylic paint. (It is important to do this third step while the glue is still wet).

Watch the paint crack on the picture frame

As the glue and paint begin to dry, you can watch the colors separate and crack. No two projects will be alike. Half the fun is watching it dry!

How to paint a crackle finish with just paint and glue! Easy painting technique!

So much fun to see how it turns out! The crackle technique creates a beautiful piece with lots of personality!

How to paint a crackle finish with just paint and glue! Easy painting technique!

Almost as much personality as my cute little granddaughter. Now the hard part is to choose which photos to use!

How to paint a crackle finish with just paint and glue! Easy painting technique!

Create a unique decorative frame with this fun painting technique!

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8 Comments

  1. Hi Beverly! According to the Mod Podge website, it can be used for this technique in place of white glue. Hope that helps. Suzy

    1. Perfect! I love when that happens, don’t you? Happy crafting, Marlene! Suzy and I would love to see a photo of your project when you’re done.
      Best wishes,
      Carrie
      Ideas for the Home by Kenarry

    1. Hi Stacey,
      This technique works best when the dark color is on the bottom, but you can definitely try it with a light color on the bottom and the dark color on top. I would recommend testing it out on a sample piece of wood first before you so it on an entire project. We’d love to hear how it turns out for you.

      Best wishes,
      Carrie
      Ideas for the Home by Kenarry

  2. Hi
    Can i do this on a large board and once dried paint a saying on top? As well I was wondering if chalk paint would work and when all done wax on top of it?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Debbie, you could easily paint a saying on top. As for chalk paint, I cannot give you an answer as I have never used it for this type of project. I would try a practice piece to see if you get the desired effect before working on the final piece. Hope that helps!

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