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