Tim Holtz is an evil genius. I think there is no disputing that fact. He is truly evil. A magnificent bastard. I swear I want to buy everything he releases, but I refrain. Barely. I mean, barely. I have Distress Stain, Distress Paint, a full set of Distress Markers, and crackle paint. I have a bunch of his papers and stamps. I have small pieces of all of his fabrics. I curse his name on at least a weekly basis.
This week, however, I’m most in love with Distress Crackle Paint.
I love how crackly paint looks, and I’m always on the hunt for a good crackle. I have crackle medium by both FolkArt and DecoArt, and it works well, but it’s very thin and clear, so it’s more of a top coat than anything else. Michael deMeng swears by Kroma crackle – I have some that I’ve never even opened. Golden has a crackle paste that Ann wrote about a couple of years ago, but it’s expensive. Plus I don’t have any. I DO, however, have Distress crackle. I bought it on a whim during a Blitsy sale (I wrote about Blitsy a couple of weeks ago), and I am SO glad I did!
The greatest thing about this stuff is that it comes in a bunch of different colors, 24 colors to be exact, plus three metallics and clear. It is opaque and matte and crackles like a dream.
These are tiny canvases, 2 x 2 inches, so you can get an idea of the size of the cracks. These colors are straight out of the jar with a very light wash of Van Dyke Brown over the top.
So cracktastic!! The paint jars have brushes built into the lid to help with application. The paint is pretty gloppy and thick, but, as with all crackle mediums, the thicker the application, the bigger the cracks. It takes a bit of time to dry – I think I left these for at least an hour, but supposedly you can use your heat gun to speed things along once the paint has started to crack naturally. I think part of the fun is watching and waiting to see what happens.
Isn’t it beautiful? I just love it.
One of the 50 Canvases challenges will be to use crackle paint/some type of crackle medium, and I highly recommend this one!