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. Ralph Lauren had just come out with a line of fancy faux finish paints like Suede and River Rock and Crackle Finish 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. Our room is still painted blood red crackle finish over a grey base coat and I still love it.
But you don’t really need special paint to get to get this look. All you need is white glue. Regular old Elmer’s.
Flower pots and crackle finish are a match made in heaven. If you plan to actually put a plant in your pot, i recommend sealing it with a couple coats of latex paint. Acrylic will also work. Paint 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 even coat, but not like dripping off.
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.
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.