how_to_crackle_acrylic_paintOver the past few months, I have been on a creative journey in order to expand my own artistic repertoire. Having been a traditional artist for my whole life it is fun to learn some mixed media techniques – like how to crackle paint.

My mixed media art instructor, David deVillier, taught me how to crackle paint over the top of an acrylic painting. I thought some of you might enjoy this demo. The quick little video below shows how to give a crackle finish to your paintings. It should be done over an acrylic painting; all you need is some latex paint, glue, a putty knife, and a cheap bristle brush. Oil paint can be applied on top of the crackled latex paint – once it is dry, you may want to lightly sand it first to help the oil paint adhere.

Be forewarned, this crackle technique can cheapen a painting if not used in moderation. When the technique becomes the focal point, the painting will not be as strong. If used properly, crackle can enhance the language of your painting.


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Old doors have really been capturing my eye. Love this artistic photography by Pam Gamwell 


I love the neutral background palette, and the orange pop of this painting…great greys by Ortega Lopez.


I have been collecting some great photography tips to help inspire my art.

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Lori McNee

Lori McNee is a professional artist who specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings. She is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Idaho, serves on the Plein Air Mag Board of Advisors, and is an Artist Ambassador to Arches/Canson/Royal Talens. As the owner of, Lori blogs about fine art tips, marketing, and social media advice for the aspiring and professional artist. As a social media influencer, Lori ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. She is a keynote speaker, has been a talk show host for Plum TV, writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Photographer’s Market. Also, Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses. Lori is also a member of the CBS Entertainment Tonight & The Insider Tweet Team.

One thought on “How to Crackle Acrylic Paint

  1. Judy Wood says:

    As a photographer (and artist) I always feel a little twinge when I see other artists “collecting” photos as inspiration for their work. There are so many egregious cases of artists not respecting the copyright of photographers that we all need to educate and advocate for * legal * and respectful use of reference images. I’m pretty sure you are well aware of this issue in your own work, but those who follow your blog and tips might need to have the “obvious” stated in these situations.

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