Decoupage attracts the needle that is decorated in this technique are a light patina of antiquity. And retro now, of course, in fashion. To further wear out the product and give it a "seasoned" appearance, in conjunction with the decoupage used technique craquelure.

In General, craquelure is cracking paint or lacquer layer in the scenic work. This effect is sometimes sought by artificial means, to give the product a certain charm. For this purpose, special krakelyurnogo varnish, which when dry cracking. Then these cracks underline, rubbing them in paint, pastel, ink or special formulations for patination.

Technique craquelure is often used in the creation of products in the style of shabby chic. However, the very name of this style translated as "shabby chic". tells us that all kinds of scrapes and cracks are welcome.

Craquelure technique is simple to perform. You do not need to have any specific skills, there is more important than accuracy. In addition to the usual materials for decoupage you will need krakelyurnogo varnish and pigment for the manifestation of cracks.

Technique craquelure can be single-phase and two-phase (one-step and two-step, one-component and two-component). During a one-step craquelure the product immediately applied krakelyurnogo varnish. When the two-step first you need to apply a yellowish varnish, creating the effect of antiquity (it was called the "nail of aging"). And when it is slightly dry, but still sticky, put krakelyurnogo varnish.

Let's try for example to understand what is a technique of craquelure (for example, two-phase craquelure). To decorate in this technique you can almost any product. First you need to cover it with a matte primer, then the paint went smoothly. This is especially important for wood products that can absorb the paint.

Then paint the item with acrylic paint of the desired color. You can use multiple colors and to do between smooth transitions — as you please. When the paint is dry, cut out the motif with decoupage napkins. wetted in water and carefully glue on the product decoupage varnish.

Sticking drawing, need to smooth it from the middle to the edges. to him air bubbles. If desired, can be applied to drawing the shadow using a thin brush and acrylic paints to make it look more expressive.

Now we can apply nail aging (the first phase / component craquelure). The layer should be not too thin and not too thick. Then you should wait until the varnish has hardened a bit and would not wet but still sticky. At this moment apply krakelyurnogo varnish (second phase / component craquelure). The technique of craquelure to live up to your expectations, you must apply varnish in the same direction, uniform strokes. To dry the lacquer will in about two hours, but the cracks begin to show early.

To highlight the cracks, to make them more visible, use patina. This immersion in a solution of patina brush, apply the solution across the surface of the product. When the cracks will become more noticeable over the patina you need to quickly and gently remove with a clean cloth. The color of the patina can be very different, from black to gold. Dry patina will be about 36 hours.

After drying the coated product with a protective layer of varnish aging. However, the technique of craquelure does not necessarily imply the use of patina. therefore, immediately after drying krakelyurnogo varnish can be applied a protective layer.

If you are using a single-phase technique craquelure, work order changes a little bit. First thing degrease, primed and covered with paint. It is desirable that the paint was a contrast to the final color of the product. When the paint is dry, apply krakelyurnogo varnish. When it dries, but will still be slightly sticky, cover the object with paint. After the paint dries, glue on the motive for decoupage. Fully dried product is covered with acrylic lacquer in several layers.

The crackle effect you can create by using eggshell (egg crack). For this purpose, the product is mosaic of eggshell. covered with paint, and on top of it is decoupage. Of course, the result will not be the same as when using krakelyurnogo varnish, but can be very fun.

Technique craquelure in combination with decoupage is a great way to create a product with style. simple and effective .