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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #780: Cracking Up

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 748 days ago 1181 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 779: Is It Winter Yet??? Part 780 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 781: The Crackle Finish Video is Posted »

Well, I will start out this morning by saying that I think I am ‘cracking up.’ Maybe it’s because I have been using this crackle paint on my new snowmen, or maybe it is just me, but I am certainly not thinking the way I should be.

Yesterday turned out to be a pretty good day. Besides another heavy day of traffic from the site (thank you everyone!) I spent the day painting the little snowmen pieces for the next pattern packet. As I showed yesterday, I am using a product that is new to me called ‘Weathered Wood’ by DecoArt. I think it is really cool and makes the snowmen look quite interesting because it makes the paint look ‘crackled.’

I will begin by saying that I realize that there are many types of crackle paint that are available on the market. DecoArt alone has a couple of different types. I found it to be quite confusing as to which type would be best suited for this project that I was working on and I wasn’t sure which one I would use to get the effect that I wanted.

I began my quest for information the way I usually do – I ‘googled it’ and searched for some instructions on using DecoArt crackle. I had just received a product from them called “DecoArt 1 Step Crackle” but the instructions were quite vague. When I plugged the name into Google, it seemed that most of what came up was where to purchase it or other people asking questions on how to use it properly. I found no clear and concise instructions on the application process.

I looked for videos, but there didn’t seem to be anything helpful there either. The few videos on applying crackle were poorly done (with poor lighting or voice that you couldn’t understand) and I really learned nothing. No one demonstrating the products looked confident enough for me to take advice from them. So I was stuck.

My friend Kelly suggested that I use Elmer’s Glue to make a crackle. She does a lot of primitive stuff and likes it. But for one I didn’t have any here and I was unsure about using it because I needed to continue painting layers on top of the crackle surface, and I knew that Elmer’s reconstitutes with water so I didn’t want to risk messing things up. Besides (and this is probably irrelevant and just me being childish) I was mad at the Elmer’s people for mucking up their spray glue formula so I didn’t want to use their products. (At this point you can visualize me sticking my tongue out at them!)

But in my cyber travels, I saw some information on another DecoArt product that I had right here. They had sent it with their introductory package that I received when I joined their ‘Helping Artist’ program. It was a product called Weathered Wood and it supposedly gave you a nice crackled finish.

While there were limited instructions that I found, it seemed like the kind of product that I wanted so I thought I would give it a try.

For once I was smart enough to try doing it on a board first instead of my piece. On my first attempt, I almost got the look I was going for, so I kept trying different things. After a little tweaking, I got it to work really well and I was very happy with the results. A nice crackled finish. YAY!!!!

I felt like I just discovered sliced bread! The more I used it, the easier it got, too and soon I had all my little snowmen painted. I was thrilled!

I even was able to sneak in a little bit of ‘sparkles’ on the lettering to give them a little shimmer:

But alas – stupidity once again came knocking at my door. It wasn’t until I was finished (completely) and lined them up to see how they looked altogether that I noticed that I ‘goofed.’

I had intended to have the colors of the scarves go red, blue, green, red, blue, green. But as you can see in the picture, they go red, blue, red, green, blue, green. :’(

While it may seem like a small thing, to me it looks “unbalanced” that way. What a dope I am!

So guess who is going to be painting at least two of the snowmen again today????

But me being me, I decided that I am going to do at least one video on applying the crackle finish. So out of these lemons, I will make some ‘crackled’ lemonade! :D

While it will mean another day probably until the patterns are ready, I think that people will enjoy seeing the process and after hunting around for decent instructions on using the stuff and not being able to find one, I can see that there is a real need to have this out there. Not only will people be able to apply this process to this snowman project, but also any other painting of this type that they may want to do.

So that will be my day today. Another day of being all cracked up. It looks like it is going to be another hot one too. I suppose I will have to dream of shoveling snow and building snowmen for now. But painting them will be the next best thing.

I wish you all a wonderful Sunday.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"



14 comments so far

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 748 days ago

Sheila…Those look great!!!

Nice job.

Lee

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Roger

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#2 posted 748 days ago

Just way kool. I’m sure my brain looks a little like this crackle paint… lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 748 days ago

Thanks, Lee! And Roger – mine is like that all the time! I was really kind of sad when I looked at them all in a row and they were goofed up! What a dummy I am!! I had them in order too so they would be the right color. I must have got distracted for a second and wasn’t thinking.

Oh well, what can I say? :)

I am glad you like them. I think it is pretty cool stuff too! I want to crackle everything now! :D

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 748 days ago

Sheila they look well balanced snow-folk

The crackle is great

Is it a dark blue first coat?

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 748 days ago

Yes, Jamie – you paint the base dark (the crackle has to go over a base coat so it seals the wood and doesn’t absorb into it) then you apply the crackle medium (kind of clear and jelly like) Let that dry. And then QUICKLY apply a THICK coat of paint on the top. This is the part that I will show in the video that was most interesting. Even though the medium was dry, it had some sort of chemical reaction with the paint and immediately bonded to it and cracked it. I usually paint in very thin coats and I found that doing this it dried instantly and you could see through too much to the dark background. Trying to work the paint or adding addition paint after the first layer made somewhat of a mess. You had to go thick and fast and then leave it be. It dried within minutes and looked great once I got the hang of it. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 748 days ago

Thanks Sheila,

good that your going to do a tutorial

I think that it is a technique that has

many applications,

When Tole painting was in vogue back

in the 70’s there was a spray that went

over the completed project. I suspect it

was not very healthy though. :) Easy though.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 748 days ago

Did the spray crackle it when it was done???

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 748 days ago

Yes, it was great but with a terrible Smell.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 748 days ago

It probably had some heavy-duty crap in it to make it crack! This is all water based and no odor. It may be a bit more of a process, but it is clean and once you get the hang of it, it works well, as you can see. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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turtlepan

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#10 posted 748 days ago

Has anyone ever discovered what the best thing was before sliced bread?

-- John in GP

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 748 days ago

A knife??

;)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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BertFlores58

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#12 posted 747 days ago

Hi Sheila,
The only one I don’t like in my projects are cracked wood especially the glue line. This time you changed my likeness again. I love the contrast of crack and the underside background. Is this stainable? I think it is using either waterbased (latex) or oil based tinting color. Well time for me to do a little look on my scrapwood for those crackling effect. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bert

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Rick Wallace

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#13 posted 747 days ago

Interesting & great effects with the work.

-- Rick ,Neoga,IL,https://www.facebook.com/ScrollsawnCreations

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#14 posted 747 days ago

Thank you both for your comments. Bert – these are supposed to look a bit ‘rustic’. I like the crackle finish, as it gives it an ‘old’ look. You can easily paint or stain over it. I made a video showing how to apply it. I am uploading the video tonight and should have it posted by tomorrow. Stay tuned . . .

:) Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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