Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It Must Be... Wednesday!

"Snap!" "Crackle" Pop!"

Let's talk: "Crackle"

I am asked time-and-again... "How do you achieve such
consistent crackling, in your dolls?"

The truth is... It's not about me!  It's all about
the crackle medium I have been applying to 
my dolls for years:


I use DecoArt One Step Crackle.

I have found that this medium consistently produces a desirable 
crackle finish on both paper clay 
(my primary doll sculpting medium) and wood.



I brush it on thick and am often guilty of over-brushing it; 
a big taboo with other crackle mediums. 
And yet, it consistently produces nice, even crackling. 

It is truly a "one-step" application:
Step #1. 
I apply the crackle medium to the doll/surface 
after the doll is painted and completely dry. 
Then, I allow the crackle medium to dry overnight. 
The product label suggests a 2-4 hour dry time; 
but I always allow it to dry overnight, 
even though you see “crackling” almost immediately.

Step #2.
Next, I brush contrasting acrylic paint over the entire surface
(that has the dried crackle medium applied to it). 
I choose a color that I want to fill all of the little cracks 
that have appeared.
Two of my favorite contrasting colors are: 
raw umber and raw sienna. 

Step #3.
Then... I immediately begin to wipe off the acrylic
paint that was just applied, using a soft cloth... to reveal 
the crackled finish.  I often leave some of the acrylic paint 
in cracks and crevices to give the finish a time-worn look.

Step #4. 
(Optional... only if you want a matte/dull finish)
The only thing that I do not like about DecoArt is 
it leaves a very high sheen/gloss finish, when dry.  
To remedy this... as an additional step, I use 
Plaid FolkArt Outdoor Matte Sealer as a top-coat (last step). 
Apply the Matte Sealer only after after Step #3 is dry.




My suggestion is:  You try this product on your lovely doll,
only AFTER you have first applied it to a "sample piece"...
to make sure you are satisfied with your results.

(Ben Franklin said it first: "Only two things are certain in life...")
Have fun! Daryle

5 comments:

  1. So just to be clear: DecoArt crackle first, then matte medium, then stain? I would have thought the medium filled up the crackle cracks...hmmm.

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    1. Oh my... I was as clear as mud...huh? Here are the steps:
      1. doll ready to crackle (painted as you like).
      2. Apply crackle medium (allow to dry overnight).
      3. Apply contrasting acrylic paint to fill cracks...immediately wipe off excess paint with a soft cloth.
      4. Then... apply a matte sealer if you want a dull/matte finish.

      Hope this clarifies!
      Daryle

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  2. Gosh - what great directions (and hints). Thank you. I'll be printing these off perhaps for a future project.

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    1. If you've never "crackled" before Penny... I think you like it! You know... I go a little overboard with it at times. Ha!

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  3. Wonderful tips Daryle, thank you! I've used the Deco Art Weathered Wood in the past but will have to hunt for their One step Crackle and give it a test drive! Deb xo

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