I am working on some samples for workshop proposals. I got some the new Tim Holtz Distress crackle paints to see if they would crackle faster than the Golden's crackle paste. I was not impressed by the crackle paint.
I tried the crackle paint first on some copper sheet. The crackling was rather small and started to flake off. I guess I need to use some GAC or something for the paint to grab hold onto. I am trying to seal it with some spray sealer to see if that will help to keep it on.
The left pict is of the Distress crackle paint in two colors. I used a palette knife and spread the 2nd color on top. The right pict is of the Golden crackle paste after it crackled and I painted it.
You can click on the pict for a larger view.
What do I think? I paid $4.99 for approx. 1 oz bottle of paint. It was maybe 3/4 full because of the paint applicator. Reminded me of the old glues with the brush attached. It was rather thick. I used a lot of it just for th 4x8" piece of watercolor paper. The Golden crackle paste was about $9-10 for an 8 oz. bottle. Also, the crackle paste is white so I can paint it any color I want. I know that the crackle paint is a convenience item but I find it limiting since it is already colored.
I was not impressed with the crackle paints. It did not crackle much even though I put it on pretty thick on some areas. It took a pretty long time to dry - at least a few hours. I let the crackle paste dry overnight. I don't see much time advantage to the paint over the paste in a workshop application. I am disappointed. I would not spend the money for the crackle paints. I will experiment more and see if it crackles better under different conditions. I am staying with the Golden crackle paste.