Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint

Who was it, a few days ago, who asked me about the Distress Crackle Paint and if I've had any luck with it?

I've had lots of luck with it-  I don't know what could be causing any troubles you might be experiencing. I've not had any trouble with it- so I've never needed to experiment.  I think that before I bought any, I read something on Mr. Holtz's blog (or saw something on a tip video) that said you should brush it on and not really mess with it once you brush it on-

For example, sometimes when I'm painting something, I have a tendency to keep brushing the paint back and forth and back and forth- trying to smooth it out, trying to make it look just so- and then SURPRISE- parts of the thin layer of paint gets a little dried out and it balls up while the rest streaks with brush lines.   So, I just pull the brush out of the Distress Crackle jar- don't wipe off the excess- you don't want a THIN layer, just make as few strokes as you can with the brush onto whatever you're painting.  One stroke across, then one stroke across right under the last stroke.  Just cover it and, as they say in rehab, LET GO AND LET GOD.

What reminded me of this?  No, not rehab- Crackle Paint.


I'm now at the 'making embellishment' phase of my TOP SECRET SUPER PROJECT.  Which somehow took most of the weekend to make JUST PART OF- and it totally looks like nothing so far.   This could the Al Capone's Vault all over again, people.  Don't be excited.

I painted this Grungeboard wing piece with some ivory acrylic paint, when it was dry, I brushed on some Rock Candy Distress Crackle.  Once that dried, in all it's crackle-ly glory, I rubbed some Walnut Stain Distress Ink on it- ain't it purty?

Anyways.  I need a new job.  Wait, not need.  WANT.  I want a new job.  It's time.  Anybody want to hire a fun guy?  I can type like a mofo.  I've got tons of office skillz, public relations skillz....bow hunting skillz.  I'm good enough with computers that I won't have to call IT every fifteen minutes because I don't know what to click on... any takers?   I don't require much.  Just cocktail hour every Friday at 3, so a place that frowns on drinking at the office would be a bad match.  Let me know,  I'll start Monday.



  1. It was me with the crackle paint query! I don't know what I'm doing wrong 'cos my crackle always comes out so fine you need a magnifying glass to see it :o( I too have a tendency to overwork, so I'll try the 'splop, splish and leave' approach. Thank you!

    ps good luck with the job hunt.........

  2. LOL Awesome Kory! I love that crackle wing too cool! Cannot wait to see your super secret project!!!! I would so hire you!!! Just to scrap with you! LOL Hey by the way, we have a round robin going on over at the forums at Flying Unicorn, I think there is still a spot open for Group six, Paul is playing with us, would you want to play along? its super fun, here is the link, http://flyingunicornforums.com/forum/topic/934 it would be awesome if you play along!


  3. I've never used crackle paint. Your wing is giving me an idea for a project though!

  4. Looking forward to the super secret project. @Joanna...I watched a segment with Tim just yesterday about crackle paints and he said that the Rock Candy Crackle does make a finer crackle then the regular cracle paints. I have one that I did go here...
    That had a super fine crackle then one huge crack in the center. I have done this dozens of times using grunge board, white paint dauber, rock candy crackle paint and never had this to happen. I always use my disasters though unless they are too bad.
    One more thing...I am taking Tim Holtz class, Creative Chemistry 101 online and I am really learning a lot from it. Tomorrow is about crackle paint so will repost if I learn something new!
    Vickie aka Okienurse

    1. Thank you, I'll pop over and have a look later :o) I was thinking of doing the TH class............

  5. Yes come over and play at the FU. Frank has enticed me over. We'll all be warring with each other haha. Love your crackle wing and I'm dying to see your secret project. You've done a better job with the crackle than I normally do. I paint the stuff on, in what I think is a thick dollop, but the cracks still come out quite tiny. You've managed to get some real oomph into yours. Oh well, they say practice makes perfect. I'll have to have another go. Pxx

  6. Can't wait to see your project! Your wing looks great! I haven't tried crackle paint yet..there are soooo many things I want to try. It's a never ending list! lol Have a good one! ~HL

  7. Thanks for the info on the crackle paint. Too bad about your job! I hope things get better.
    Does Hob lob or michaels have Rock Candy Distress Crackle I wonder.

  8. Love the look of that crackled wing! Has inspired me to go out and get me some...lol (like I need an excuse to shop scrappy stuff) anyways, I am new here...found you over at SB.com. I have enjoyed reading some of your posts and look forward to seeing your secret project!
    Have a great day

  9. I'm not a distressed lover (but always in distress)... but have decided when I do the vintage layouts I'm planning I want to use a few distress techniques. Crackle paint is one of them...I've never done it. I'll remember your slop style and see if it works for this 'over neat lady'.. So is it Theater you are tired of? How'd you get into that? Just curious as I know no Stage Manager.