Hello everyone. I promised that I would post more in depth pictures and tutorials this week, so here is a tutorial on how to use Elmer's gel school glue as a crackle medium.
I know that a lot of you have seen the official Elmer's glue tutorial where the demonstrator paints a wooden, plastic, or ceramic item with paint. Then puts on a thick coat of the regular white glue in a small spot (to prevent drying) with her finger, then paints it quickly with a thin coat of paint and uses a blow dryer or heat tool to dry the item and viola you have a wonderful crackle finished item. If you haven't you can click HERE.
Simple, easy and not to complicated right?? Then why you might wonder am I doing a tutorial. I mean I already told you how, right?? Well, like I said that is the official instructions from Elmer's Glue.
I do it a little different. I know it is hard to believe, but my way is even simpler. It does take a bit more time I will admit. It does not however need** a heat source and it can be used a paper and many other surfaces. Sounds great right?? It is, it really is.
How to get that crackle look with Elmer's gel glue.
Materials you will need are:
Elmer's gel glue
2 Acrylic paints of contrasting colors
paint brush or two
towel and the item/s that you wish to crackle
1. pick the object you wish to crackle. I will show you three finished pictures at the end of this post of how the crackle looks on wood, chipboard, and on paper. I also have a sheet of paper that I experimented on with some other paints and I used the the wet glue with a heat source and my preferred method.
2. paint or stain a contrasting color to the paint you wish to show case. Example if you want the object to be white you want a dark color as the base coat or stain and the opposite if the object will be a dark color.
Use acrylic paints for this. I have used a product called antiquing medium as the base coat/color.
3. Once your paint,stain, or antiquing medium has dried, use a paint brush to paint the Elmer's gel glue on top of the dry base coat. You want this glue to be about a medium thickness. Try to spread evenly. Now, let it dry completely. Drying time will depend on how heavy handed you were with the glue, your weather, and size of the object. I personally like to do this type of work in the evening or before bed then put it up on my drying rack and have wonderful crafty dreams. (LOL)
4. Once it is COMPLETELY dry you can paint over it with the paint you want to show on top. I have found that this happens quickly, so use a nice even quick stroke of medium thickness of paint. Do NOT go back over any of the painted area or you will cover up the crackle effect. I will also tell you that I find it best to stay in the same paint stroke direction.
5. Let the item dry. As it dries it will crackle up beautifully. I also like that using this method makes little to no flaking. I love the look of crackled paint , but not the chips of flaked off paint.
While I did not have good results of the heat application one paper I used both methods on the stone "foot" here can you tell which part is which?? Neither can I. It seems to me that the paper and chip board really like the dry between applications method and other objects it does not matter.
I hope this was easy to understand. Please feel free to ask any questions about any area that I made as clear as mud. ;) I hope to see projects where you have used this method. If you do this method come back and leave a comment with a link to your blog post.
Have a scraptastic day everyone!! Happy crafting till next time. - Haley