Everyone is getting their Easter craft on right about now and I’ve seen some pretty cool thing. My hero, Mark Montano, posted a tutorial for these adorable “Matryoshka” eggs. I have also seen a couple of tutorials for crackle finish eggs using a special crackle finish medium. I am super 90s so crackle finish is near and dear to me. When we bought our house in ’98, we painted our bedroom with a crackle finish. Back then, Ralph Lauren had just come out with a line of faux finish paints like Suede and River Rock and Crackle Finish that were available for about $40 a gallon. Yikes! Regular paint was like ten bucks a gallon way back then, but we wanted our first home to be super fancy so we went for it. Sixteen years later, our room is still painted blood-red-over-grey crackle finish, and I still love it.
But, FYI, you don’t really need special paint to get to get this look. All you need is white glue. Regular old Elmer’s. Here’s how:
I didn’t have any wooden eggs lying around and I didn’t feel like going to the craft store so I rooted around in my craft closet and found a decorative wooden cross. I lightly sanded the edges to get the fuzzy stuff off, but didn’t get too carried away. The crackle finish hides any imperfections anyway. Then I painted on two coats of the base color and let it dry. The top color needs to be a little on the thin side. Not watery, but thin enough that it will spread very easily. I would say the consistency should be like ranch dressing. Also, the paint brushes you use are important. I would recommend a stiff brush for applying the glue and a soft fluffy brush for the top coat. The base coat doesn’t matter.
Alright, you ready? You have to work kind of fast, so squirt a good amount of glue onto your project. You need a thick coat, but not like dripping off. You can manipulate the appearance of the crackle by the way you brush on the glue. I used long straight strokes on this cross and got linear cracks, but if you use a cross-hatch technique you get a more checked look. I wonder what would happen if you swirled it circularly? Hmmm.
Then immediately float the top coat on over the glue. I don’t know if that’s a real painting term but I mean gently apply it over the glue, do not put any pressure on the brush. You don’t want to blend the two layers. Wait and watch as the cracks materialize before your very eyes! I tried to get the cracks appearing on the video but it was really had to hold the camera and paint at the same time. Here’s a good shot of the “after”.
See? So simple! I bet you will be crackling your little hearts out now. Let me know how it works for you in the comments.