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Cracked Effect Painting Technique

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Today I am sharing a very easy and fun to do painting technique – Cracked Effect. Its easy and result is just awesome. It can be done on wood, paper, ceramic, canvas and earthenware. Colors can be acrylic or metal colors for extra shine. I chose a terracotta pot and acrylic colors.I had clicked all the pictures from start to end of the project but sadly my gadget wizard kid deleted some of them. I’ll try my best to make you understand the complete process.
Object (Which you want to paint like I chose clay pot )
Acrylic/Latex Paint
Crackle Medium or all-purpose glue
Step 1: Wash terracotta pot and let it dry. Choose two contrasting colors. I chose Pink & magenta.
Step 2: I always prefer to prime the surface as it gives better results. You can skip this step though.
Primed pot

Step 3: Now paint the pot with chosen color and let it dry completely before proceeding.

Step 4: Now apply crackle medium or all-purpose glue on the pot. A thicker layer of glue will give larger crackling effect. to achieve fine cracks apply a thin layer. Apply it evenly on the surface.
Step 5: Apply top coat immediately as crackle medium dries very quickly. Apply the second chosen color lightly with a soft brush or you can spray paint to make it fast. Keep in mind here that you should not use hard brush strokes as paint can run through the glue and you can’t achieve cracked effect then.
Now let it dry completely. Cracks appear as soon as it starts drying.
Night shot
Here is my finished product. Looks cool. In the last, I applied lacquer/varnish to give a protective coating.

I potted verbena that has magenta blooms and it looks just perfect.

Happy indoor as well as…………..
Similarly, I painted one more pot but with some pattern on it.
Cracked Effect Painting Technique on a Pot

My Rainbow terrace garden has few more colors now 🙂
Here are both the pots!!!

Wanna see my Anthropologie Inspired Planters then click here.
And here’s a DIY Bonsai Planter.
Wish you all a very happy and creative weekend!!

Keep creating!!


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9 Responses

  1. Mam,this is Jyoti Shet from Hubli karnatak. I love your ideas of gardening, I even tried also and now my balcony is looking great

  2. Hi Disha can u pls make a video of the crackle effect. It wld give us a better idea if we get to see the video. I didn't understand what is all purpose glue and the process u explianed ro be followed after applying 4he glue us very confusing. Can u pls pls pls post a video of this technique on ur YouTube channel….plssss

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