For a lil’ something different… I tried to do something crafty! And better yet, I thought I’d share it with you.
A bit bored with my standard white and stained “tabletops”*, I went on a little shopping spree for supplies to make more.
I didn’t really have anything in mind but something called “crackle medium” caught my eye. A quick internet search on my phone showed me what it was supposed to accomplish. Awesome! I imagined using it to paint a cracked blue background with white peaking underneath.
So I started out by sanding and staining a plywood board. I don’t know if staining is really necessary, but I think it helps contribute to the overall weathered look I was going for. Sanding is necessary, for sure. You’re going to be handling these things and no one likes splinters.
Next, white paint. I thinned it out with water because I like a more washed look. This was about a 50/50 ratio of paint to water.
Then the crackle medium. There isn’t really anything to show there. It’s a clear, sticky coating that you paint on once your base coat is dry.
Once your crackle medium as dried, it’s time for the top coat! In my case, blue acrylic paint thinned with a little bit of water (I thought it felt a little too goopey straight out of the bottle.)
Then… you wait! Eagerly. On the edge of your seat. Or maybe you force yourself to go play some Words with Friends or knock a few items out of your Google Reader to pass the time. Because they (the googlegods) tell you that the cracking will begin as soon as your top coat starts drying.
Maybe you should go make a snack, if it doesn’t seem to be crackling.
Err, ok. Maybe you should dab your finger in it to make 100% sure it’s dry so you can stop wondering if it’s going to crackle.
It’s not. There might be a few areas where it looked like it tried to crackle, but overall, we didn’t get what we expected.
I actually still quite like this board, it has a nice texture to it and definitely looks a little weathered. Perfect for food photos.
But I ask you, dear crafty people, what did I do wrong? The only thing I can think of is that my layer of crackle medium wasn’t thick enough. I painted it on rather thin, but I found no instructions to do otherwise, so I assumed it didn’t matter.
I have a lot more boards, and a lot more paint, so I might just give this a shot again if anyone has any insight!