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Crackling is something I used to do years ago when I was creating a lot of primitive tole paintings. Crackle mediums can be finicky and you are pretty much limited to crackling a paint color. That has recently changed and I’m about to show you how you can add a crackled finish over the top of any design you like! With the official first day of autumn only days away, I thought a flower pot filled with pretty mums would be a great way to introduce you to this project.
I know that some people think that the planting season ends when fall begins, but that’s so not true! Whether it be mums and pansies dressing up your garden, or planting shrubs and bulbs, Fall gardening is definitely not over, not by a long shot. So let’s add some character to a plain pot, fill it with pretty mums to dress up the front step. Find beauty in the Fall!
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I recently attended the Michaels Blogger Event in Dallas, Texas where I stopped by the DecoArt booth and saw these amazing barstools. After talking with Donna (pictured) she told me she had decoupaged some posters onto the stools and used One-Step Crackle over the top and then stained them. I seriously could not wait to try this! I actually have another project ready for you that I did before this pot, I just need to get some good pictures. So let’s get started…
In case you are wondering about the papers that I used, I found them at Michaels in the individual paper racks. They are Recollections Toile and MME Curtains.
To get started you will need a large terra cotta pot, scrapbook paper of your choice, and some decoupage medium. I cut my paper into strips 4-inches wide to make it easier to apply. Use a large paintbrush to brush the decoupage medium onto the pot, just in a section big enough for one of your paper strips. Paint the back of the paper with decoupage as well and apply to the pot, carefully smoothing it out to remove any air bubbles. Repeat until the pot is covered.
I actually did the rim of the pot with a different patterned paper than the body. This particular paper was heavier so I cut it into 5-inch lengths and made slits ever inch or so along the edges to make it easier to apply around the top and bottom of the rim. Use decoupage medium as above to apply to pot. Add a generous (but not dripping) coat of decoupage medium over the entire pot and let it dry for at least two hours.
Next you’ll apply One-Step Crackle. The trick to this product is NOT overworking it. In fact, you’ll want to try to apply in one stroke if you can, but definitely no more than two or it may not work. The thicker the amount you apply, the larger the cracks will be. I wanted larger cracks so I chose to use a generous amount. You want to allow this to dry for 3-4 hours, but overnight is best. You should begin to see cracking after a couple of hours as pictured above.
To make these wonderful cracks visible you’ll need to apply a glaze or stain. I use staining/antiquing medium mixed with acrylic craft paint. I also use a simple household sponge dampened with all excess water squeezed out. Apply the mixture in sections over the crackling with the sponge. Use a soft cloth to wipe back. This will remove the stain from the surface and leave it in the cracks, making them more visible. If it’s not dark enough for your liking, apply it again until it is.
After you’re finished and everything has been allowed to dry thoroughly, apply a UV-Resistant clear coat, I used matte finish. This will make it safe to remain outside in the elements without damaging all of your hard work.
Next you’ll want to plant some beautiful mums in your new pot!