Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fresh Look: my kitchen chicken {crackle paint technique}



Have you ever used a crackle paint technique? It’s something that’s been on my list for awhile and I found the perfect test subject in my kitchen.



Nestled on my spice shelf was this cute speckled chicken. I’ve had it for years and although I don’t have  country kitchen d├ęcor, she’s been happily sitting there looking very country for the longest time. Funny how things just start to blend in. Time for a fresh look…


Crackle Paint Examples FinalPhoto Sources:  1. Cameron Homemade   2. Frivoli Tea   3.  Wild Roses & Blackberries   4.  EHow
You can buy crackle paint medium or you can diy with Elmer’s Glue. Here’s the Elmer’s glue tutorial from their site. It couldn’t be easier.

How do I use Elmer's to create the painted crackle effect or antique look on furniture or crafts?
  1. Paint the object or furniture with an acrylic craft paint. Let dry.
  2. Cover the paint with a coat of Elmer's Glue-All glue.
  3. While still wet, paint on another coat of a different color of acrylic paint. The painted item will begin to crackle as it dries.
  4. When dry, cover with another coat of the Elmer's Glue-All as a sealer.

Blog White Chicken
I followed the instructions but my chicken didn’t crackle very much with one side having more cracks than the other. I had read that a thicker application of glue will result in large cracks and a thinner application will result in small cracks. In my attempt to get a lot of small crackles, I don’t think I applied enough glue.



It’s okay – she was test subject and I’ll practice the crackle technique on another piece using more glue next time.



In the meantime, she’s back up with my spices looking less country and partially crackled. 

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Carolyn
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