How to Make Crackle Paint With White Glue

    by Kathryn Hatter

    About the Author

    Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.


    People who enjoy creating and crafting often try their hand at painting techniques. Some of these techniques get expensive when you must purchase different materials and supplies to complete different projects. Trim the project budget by using household materials to achieve the same results as more expensive supplies. One example of this is applying a painted crackle technique to wooden objects. Instead of purchasing an expensive crackling medium, use plain white glue to achieve the same results.

    Things You'll Need

    • Wooden object or surface
    • Acrylic craft paint (two colors)
    • Paintbrushes
    • All-purpose glue
    • Paint palette or paper plate
    • Paper towels
    • Water

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    Apply one layer of your first paint color to the wooden object or surface with the paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry completely before proceeding.

    Squirt a small amount of glue onto the palette or plate. Brush the glue over the painted surface, making sure you cover the entire surface evenly with a thin layer of glue. Do not allow the glue to dry.

    Paint the second color of acrylic paint over the glue while the glue is still wet. As the paint and glue dry, the surface will crackle. Allow the painted surface to dry completely.

    Apply a second coat of the glue over the crackled surface to seal and complete the project.

    • Sand your wood smooth and wipe all of the sawdust off before you start painting.
    • Some colors of paint will require more than one coat when used as the color applied directly on the wood. Apply thin coats and allow each one to dry before applying the next.
    • Rushing the layers or using a thick coat of glue or paint may result in bubbles, rather than the desired cracks.


    • Glue for Crackle Painting