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Step 22: How the Crackle Appears After Staining

  Once you see the piece has dried, and that there is a fine layer of cracks over the surface, you are going to take the black paint (choose a brown or gray if you don't want a high contrast), and with a fine rag rub the paint into the cracks in a circular motion. I keep a clean damp rag to rub the paint off the surface as I go. Let it pile up a little along raised edges which enhances the sculptural quality of the layered paper. Don't let your clean up rag get too wet, or it will draw out the paint from the cracks. If you take too much off, re-apply the paint. When you like the way it looks, there is only one last task.
Beautiful!&nbsp;I&nbsp;also love the crack finish. This would be cool to make a bird house out of =) Great job very clear instructions!<br /> <br />
Crackle not crack <br /> My bad &gt;.&lt;<br /> <br />
Thank you for that idea. You know I was also thinking of a bat house, because they like the close fit, but the lid would have to be attached against the wind. I&nbsp;have been trying to find out if they texture the inside walls of bat houses. A board on the bottom inside, glued down, plus a new little hole on the front! I&nbsp;read an article that many places are making their bird house entries smaller so that cowbirds can't get in them--they lay eggs in other bird's nests like the cuckoo and are enjoying a population explosion. I&nbsp;am going to make sure and tell the carpenters about any multi-use Idea, and think up a decoupage for a bird house--which could be sealed with outdoor epoxy. Great idea!<br />
Thanks!&nbsp;Ya&nbsp;I heard about that too. This is my new account =) (so same person)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Cheers,<br /> Meheh<br />
Wow, great project, I love the crackle finish.<br />
Thanks! I&nbsp;only wish manufacturer's would stop messing with crackle kits. The best one on the market, Anita's, went out of business!&nbsp; It was all the rage, and then suddenly no longer &quot;cool.&quot;&nbsp; <br />

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