For my last painting, I used a crackle effect with Titebond Hide Glue. This post outlines the steps to achieve the crackle effect.
- These are the bottles of Hide Glue.
- This particular substrate color is white. After letting the white dry, I applied a layer of hide glue with a bristle brush.
- Let Hide Glue dry for several hours at least. Even overnight. If the hide glue has not dried well, it will more easily goop up when you add paint on top of it. When the glue dried, I painted a layer of quinacrodone violet on top of it in the outside border, and yellow ochre in the inside border. The layer was relatively thick, which created more distinct crackles than a thin layer would. Do not go over the glue again with the paint once it has begun to crackle. The crackle appears within seconds.
- At this point, the hide glue may soften a bit, so let the paint dry for several hours. Once the top layer of color dried, I applied another layer of hide glue.
- After the second layer of hide glue dried, I painted pthalo green over the quinacrodone violet, and a thin transparent layer of nickel azo yellow over the yellow ochre. The thin transparent layer modified the color the way I intended, but the thinness allowed for further crackle with subsequent layers of paint.
- The completed crackle shows transparent green crackles and violet crackles in a dark greenish-violet layer, and light yellow crackles in a bright ochre layer.
- The finished painting, which can be found by clicking on Floral Spray