Monday, August 6, 2007

Distress Crackle Paint Product Review

Ok, today I submitted my first review article to craftcritique. Since it's all from my class yesterday it fits in with my Tim Holtz week theme I'm sharing it here. I don't know exactly when this month it will be on craftcritique. I promise that I'll answer all your questions by the end of the week. Just be patient with me...there is so much to cover. Also, I'll be getting to the color challenge drawing later this afternoon....thanks to all who have joined in. Here is a sneek peak of my article for my bloggin' buddies....

Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint is the subject of my first article. I had an opportunity to play with this new product during a mystery class with Tim that I took yesterday. This new paint by Ranger will hit the stores on September 1st. The product comes in a 2 1/4" tall plastic jar that holds 1.1 fluid ounces and has an applicator attached to the inside of the lid. No messy paint brushes with this one, it's similar to a rubber cement applicator. It comes in all 24 colors that the distress inks and distress embossing powders come in.
Ok, down to what it can do. It works on "cardstock, chipboard, paper mache and more". In the class we used it on naked chipboard and it worked beautifully. It is a self-leveling paint. That means that you just glop it on any old way with lumps and streaks and it flattens out as it dries leaving a smooth appearance with lots of great crackling. You do need a medium to heavy layer of paint for this. It is a very thick paint with a consistency like honey or a really gooey mudbath. You can't dry the paint with a heat tool until the crackling has begun which takes quite a bit of time. If you use a heat tool right away, it won't crackle because a skin forms on the top of the paint. Waiting for the paint to dry is the only down side of this product for me. We painted first in the class and then did a zillion other things while it dried.



The paint was very uneven and looked like a mess to me when we glopped it on.. But, then as it dried it leveled off and made the most beautiful crackling effect. I love how this is a one step process. After the paint was dry we used distress inks to ink the edges and smoosh down in the cracks, then rubbed off the excess ink. You could do this with the same color or contrast. You can also base coat your project and let that show through the cracks.


In the finished project and you can see the little chipboard pieces after they have been inked. This is an Ikea mirror that we glued all the finished little chipboard pieces on. Only 8 of the pieces are the crackle paint. The others are paper or distress embossing powder. I had to cover the mirror in the center to get a decent picture.

I tried my own little experiment with the part of the description of what you can paint that says "and more." I found that it works beautifully on wood, cork, coated chipboard, and cardstock. On the metal, plastic, and glass I tried it flaked off. It did not crackle on felt, but did cracle a bit on the burlap. I used a little glue dot on the back of each of these items to hold them steady for painting, which is a great little tip I learned in class. All of these items were painted with vintage photo distress crackle paint. Inking up the items after they have been painted adds some extra depth to the projects. I love the variety of looks I got with this one bottle of paint.


I will definitely purchase this product when it hits the stores. I love how you can change the appearance of the paint with some ink after it dries. I love how messy the application looks, but what a beautful finish it gives. I love that I don't have to clean up any paint brushes. I think the drying time is a factor in deciding to use this, but it would be worthwhile to paint up a stack of goodies and keep them on standby to use as needed.

12 comments:

Julie said...

Looks like a great product! Nice job on your article too!

Far North said...

Thanks Tami! What a great job of sharing all the details. I know this can be time consuming so I truly appreciate it and will patiently wait the rest of the stories!

sharon (glitterangel) said...

Ooh I can't wait to get some of that, it looks fantastic. I also love your mirror.

Kim said...

Looks so awesome! Can't wait to get my hands on it!

~K

Cora said...

Thanks for the review. Yet another product it looks like I need to try. So much product, so little time.

TiikkiStars said...

Oh my goodness! I think I am in love! I can't get enough of my acrylic paints and the only thing I don't like about them is having to stop to go clean brushes. I also love my Distress inks. This is sooooooo perfect and I know I will have oh so much fun. Can't wait! Can't wait! Can't wait! Thanks for sharing about this with us! -Karen

Thanh said...

Thanks for showing us Tami! This is great that you tried it on all the different surfaces.

Loobylou said...

G'day Tami,
I hope you are submitting that mirror to a magazine for publication!!!
I have never seen such an interesting mirror. I'd be looking at it all day long at the minute details.
Sarah

Anonymous said...

I love your mirror! Beautiful!!!

thealteredpage said...

Great review article! I definitely want to go out and get this product. The mirror is fantastic too. Seth

Anne said...

Merci pour cet article et pour toutes ces explications !! c'est vraimetn tr├Ęs ├ęclairant !!

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