Easy Crackle is a more refined, more subtle crackle compared to our other product called Crackle Tex. Comes in a quart container; 8 ounce sizes also available.
Easy Crackle by Artisan Enhancements reproduces the sophisticated, aged, antiqued look of weathered paint and/or plaster. Easy Crackle is a clear medium that will allow paint or plaster to create a chipped/crackled effect for a subtle classic appearance. It can be applied with brush or roller. Easy Crackle has no VOC. It cleans up easy with soap and water.
Easy Crackle is formulated for application on cabinets, furniture, walls and previously painted or primed surfaces.
How To Use:
Simply apply a base coat (if necessary) and let dry. You can apply Easy Crackle over your natural wood if you want that to be your base.
Brush or roll on a liberal coat of Easy Crackle and allow to thoroughly dry. To speed up process you can use a hair dryer. Once dry, apply a liberal coat of paint and watch as Easy Crackle does all the work!
Cracks will appear when second coat starts to dry (do not over work the top coat application). The base coat is the coating that you will see through the cracks.
To achieve a natural irregular crackle finish, apply Easy Crackle and coat of paint with a stipple effect (blot paint on). To create a linear cracked look, brush Crackle Tex and paint on with linear strokes. To create heavier cracking apply more product and paint (or use Crackle Tex).
Allow to dry and use Artisan Enhancements Clear Topcoat Sealer to seal.
**If cracks do not appear, not enough Crackle Tex or paint was applied. Try to first re-wet top layer by spraying water on your piece and brushing it in lightly. Let dry. If cracks still do not appear, reapply product but with a heavier hand.
Seal container tightly and do not let freeze or expose to direct sunlight or extreme heat. Do not apply product when air and surface temperatures are below 50°F (10°C).
Check out the photo of the chippy hutch- it is an idea of what you can do with this product:
Tara is a customer of one of my favorite talented stockist in UK- Perry of Dovetails Vintage. I just wanted to show you this. I tell you why, because of late many of you have mentioned that you did not think Chalk Paint®by our lovely Annie Sloan could achieve the real chipped look they were looking for. Remember that Annie designed her paint to be used like an artist palette, her formula is quiet amazing and I guess that is why she is and will always be the number one and original Chalk Paint®. Even after many years of using her paint before it hit the USA market and having been in painting and design for over 25yrs, I can tell you, I am still learning just how versatile this amazing paint is. Paint layering is so much creative fun to do.
This is how Tara achieved this look and something I hope will give you some ideas of your own if this is the look you like.
Paint Antibes, Florence and Paris Gray in layers. Apply Easy Crackle or Crackle Tex. While that is drying, about 30 mins mix up Old White, Old Ochre and splash of Antoinette to make a 'Rose White'.Paint over the crackle medium you used. Leave to fully dry and then apply another layer of Crackle and a another top coat of the Rose White. You can use a hairdryer or let dry naturally. Then mix clear and dark wax while waxes are moist. To get the real chippy look, take a painters blade or blunt scraper and jab, scrap back, and chip at where it would naturally be knocked or chipped.