How to Begin Crackle Painting a Wall | Paint Techniques

How to Begin Crackle Painting a Wall | Paint Techniques

And today we’re going to explore how to achieve
a crackle textured finish. So in order to actually get crackles one has
to always use as one’s base rabbit-hide glue which is also called ‘size’, and it’s a clear
liquid which you can find at some art stores. And basically you’re going to roll it on your
roller and apply it to your surface. And it’s always a good idea to actually seal
the surface or possibly use a paint that’s at least an egg shell base. So now our size has become a little bit tacky
which means it’s still wet because it will never actually completely dry out, but it
will drier than when we first applied it. So in order to find out when the size is absolutely
ready for you to apply your textured finish, it’s a good idea to look at the back of the
containers on the labels to see because each product has different drying times. So this product that I used has a three hour
drying time, so we’ve waited out three hours and now we’re back to put a textured finish
on top of the size. So here I’m using just a synthetic texture
which is a fairly rough plaster and I’m just going to apply it all over this square. So you can manipulate this any way you like. I did want a little bit of movement in this
finish so it is, for all practical purposes, fairly smooth which a few ridges here and
there. So that is step two of the crackle texture. We’ve done the size and now we have completed
the texture part.

13 thoughts on “How to Begin Crackle Painting a Wall | Paint Techniques

  1. Could you please give some good examples of products to use – your crackle is the best ive seen on the internet. Is your plaster homemade?

  2. I am living in Brazil and products are very different here.
    What is sizing exactly? What is it actually made of? Can you tell me other names for sizing?

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