Crackle Paste Experiments on Canvas Board -Briana

Hello texture and mixed media art supply fans!

Today, let’s explore a variety of art supplies on top of the new DecoArt Media Crackle Paste!

If you are not sure what crackle paste is all about, it gives your surface a broken eggshell like texture once it’s dry. Take a peek at the picture below.

To play along with me, here are the supplies you’ll want to gather:

9x12 inch canvas board or panel, Dina Wakley heavy body paints, Dye-na-flow liquid color, Ranger Archival Ink Re-inker, crackle paste, a palette knife, Kaleidoscope Series stencils from, a cosmetic wedge, a Koi Brush Pen, and a few random inexpensive acrylic paints.

In case it’s helpful for reference, here’s the back of the canvas board I used:

I decided to apply a coat of acrylic paint first. I chose to use red paint as the under layer. Once the paint was dry, I applied the crackle paste over the entire canvas, using a palette knife. Some areas were thicker than others, but no spot was too thick, as I wanted it to dry quickly.


After the crackle paste was mostly dry, I applied some light blue Apple Barrel acrylic paint and some neon orange acrylic paint from Target.

In a dry spot, I decided to try out a Koi Brush Pen to see how it would respond to the crackle paste. I was impressed with the color saturation. I also love the transparency of the marker, which allows the cracks to show through well. (See below)

The crackle surface intrigues me, so I wanted to try another mixed media supply that I love: Ranger Archival Ink Re-Inker. The re-inker has a fine applicator, so drawing a shape, like a circle, is fun and easy to do.

What I loved about this medium with the crackle paste was how the ink started to instantly spread underneath. The dark ink really made the “crackle” stand out. See close-up below:

Next I added some Dye-na-flow –yellow drips and green splotches. I wanted to see if it would bleed like the re-inker. Guess what? It did!

I played around with some Dina Wakley acrylic paint. Sometimes I watered it down with a wet brush so it wouldn’t be too opaque over the “crackles”.

Now, it’s stencil time! I added parts of Black Orchid stencil from the Kaleidoscope Series, using a cosmetic wedge and blue acrylic paint.

This canvas panel is not complete, but my mixed media experiments over crackle paste are finished for now.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Stop over on to see the finished canvas piece!

Happy creating and experimenting with the lovely supplies over at!




Lisa Cousineau
Lisa Cousineau


2 Responses


August 01, 2016

Thank you so much for your comment, Stephanie! I am glad you liked the post.


July 28, 2016

Great overview of layering with the crackle paste and different products

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