HOW DOES CRAQUELURE WORK?
Annie's Craquelure product does not crackle the paint, it is painted in two steps on top of your finish to create the look of cracked varnish on an old master oil painting. The size of the cracks can be varied according to how fine a layer of the Step 2 is applied in particular. The thinner it is, the smaller the cracks.
FAQs FROM OUR WEBSITE:
Q. Can I use it in a bathroom or kitchen where there is a lot of moisture?
A. It is not advisable. Excessive moisture can cause the cracks to reactivate and the paintwork to become milky in appearance.
Q. My Step 2 has become thick and is difficult to use. Is the product okay?
A. The product is fine. Place the container in a bowl of very hot water where the warmth will thin it our. You can also dip the tip of your brush into very hot water, wiping it off so that the tip is moist (but not wet) to make it easier to paint.
Q. What size cracks can I expect?
A. That's hard to say because the cracks can vary widely depending on the thickness of application. It is always wise to do a test piece first. Thinner applications will give you smaller cracks whereas thicker applications produce larger cracks, but don't apply these materials too thick. If you apply two coats of Step 1 you will get a larger crack, but if you feather or overwork Step 2 the crack is likely to be smaller.
LOVE THE LOOK?
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WE KNOW YOU'RE DYING TO KNOW HOW WE GOT THIS PRETTY LOOK, SO HERE'S THE RECIPE!
1. Clean your piece and paint a base coat like Old Ochre Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
2. Add a top coat color like Chateau Grey
3. Distress with 220-grit sandpaper ro a damp rag and let dry
4. Follow the directions on Steps 1 and 2 of the Craquelure containers
5. Work in Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax and wipe off the excess
6. Wipe on Clear Soft Wax and remove all the excess to reveal the dark cracks
7. Buff to a luscious sheen and enjoy!
DON'T MISS OUR WAX WORKSHOP NEXT WEDNESDAY, JULY 30!
8:45 to 9:45 am at the Overland Park location
Register today for this must-do workshop by calling 913-814-0300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Limited class size. Class fee is $45 and is non-refundable.
We'd love to see your photos of finished projects!