I first saw projects created with Ranger Distress Crackle Paint in person when I attended CHA and I was intrigued. Ranger had a display in the center of their booth showing it used on several different objects including wood.  I decided to try my hand at painting a small wooden birdhouse.  I used Weathered Wood  on the roof and Old Paper on the walls. I actually got the paint a little too thin on the first coat and there was very little crackling after it dried.  I added a second coat of both colors and it created a far more aged and crackled look. Even though this paint is really thick and hard to paint details with I wanted to paint a little fence around the house. I used Walnut Stain and a fine brush to paint the rails and posts and I added a tree trunk on the front and back of the house with the Walnut Stain as well. I allowed to dry. I used a flat brush to paint Peeled Paint for the leaf areas and then applied it to the base of the birdhouse to create a grassy look.  I used a tiny brush and applied little bits of Peeled Paint to add the appearance of greenery growing along the fence line.  I used the same little brush to add dots of Weathered Wood for flowers. I added pink and yellow Liquid Pearls to create additional flowers and carried the flowers up into the trees to add more color to the house. Finally, I used white Liquid Pearls to add a little border around the roof line. This is no real work of art but was lots of fun to make. I think the Crackle Paint can be thinned a little with water and I will try that for painting small detailed items on my next project.

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Here is a view of the crackle when the paint is applied more thickly. I thought you would like to see how cool it looks up close in case you haven’t had the opportunity to see it in person or wiork with it yourself.

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Birdhouse was purchased at Michael’s for $1.00.  It is 4" wide, 3 1/2" tall and 3" deep.

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