Over the years, I have been on a creative journey to expand my own artistic repertoire.

Having been a traditional artist for my whole life it is fun to learn some mixed media techniques – like how to crackle paint.

My mixed media art instructor, David deVillier, taught me how to crackle paint over the top of an acrylic painting. I thought some of you might enjoy this demo.

The quick little video below shows how to give a crackle finish to your paintings. It should be done over an acrylic painting; all you need is some latex paint, glue, a putty knife, and a cheap bristle brush. Oil paint can be applied on top of the crackled latex paint – once it is dry, you may want to lightly sand it first to help the oil paint adhere.

Be forewarned, this crackle technique can cheapen a painting if not used in moderation. When the technique becomes the focal point, the painting will not be as strong. If used properly, crackle can enhance the language of your painting.

Enjoy! ~Lori

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