Make nice crackles with Powertex and Easy3DFlex

Often people ask me, how I make my crackles. They are pretty and beautiful (as compliments are made!). So after explaining many times, I’m gonna tell you all how I make my own crackle paste with Powertex and Easy3DFlex.

I don’t just use one methode to make crackles. I make my crackle paste and I use this paste on different layers underneath. The layers underneath are of great influence on the outcome of the crackles. You can image that the crackles will be different when applied to just a layer of Powertex, in comparison with a layer of Powertex mixed with StoneArt and Sand. I will describe all the methods I use, but not all at once in this first post. So you all have something to look forward to.

Making crackle paste

  • 3 x Easy3DFlex
  • 1 x Powertex
  • 3/4 x water

Measure the ingredients very precise. Mix it very thorough. Mixing is not an easy job, it can be hard and the mix can feel very thick. But keep it up and mix until everything is smooth. Then you have a spreadable paste to put on your surface.

Making crackles

You can apply the paste to any prepared surface. I will explain the most common methode.
Prepare your canvas with a layer of Powertex. This will enhance the attachment of the paste. Then apply the paste with a spatula on the canvas where you want the crackles to be. Apply about 3mm thick. A thicker layer will give larger and deeper cracks. A thinner layer will give fine cracks to no cracking. You need to apply the paste very smooth, preferably in one layer and in one direction. A smooth layer will give more crackles.
If you apply texture, you will get less and other kinds of crackles. Making carvings, holes or stripes in the wet crackle paste will influence the way and the direction of the crackles. It all depends on the effect you want to achieve. You can make some tests of your own to see the effect.

After applying the crackle paste you can activate it with a hairdryer on the warm setting. You will see some cracks starting. Drying can be done completely with the hairdryer, but that will take some time. You can also leave your work to dry by itself (overnight) for the crackles to develop completely.

Examples of crackle paste

Here you have two of my paintings made and applied with the crackle paste as described above. The first painting is completely covered with a smooth layer of crackle paste. Very nice cracks appeared, and I painted over it with acrylics and fluids. The second painting was partially covered with the crackle paste and I made the layer thinner going to the left. As you can see, the crackles didn’t appear in the thinner part.

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