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 obtained artificially, to give the product a certain charm of antiquity. To do this, use a special cracery lacquer, which when cured cracked. Then these cracks emphasize, rubbing in them paints, pastels, mascara or special compositions 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 only 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). With a one-step craquelure, the product is immediately applied with a varnish varnish. When two-step, first you need to apply a yellowish varnish, which creates the effect of antiquity (it is called "varnish for aging"). And when it will slightly dry, but still will be sticky, put krakelyarny lacquer.

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, so that the paint goes on smoothly. This is especially important for wooden products that can absorb 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.

By gluing a picture,need to smooth it from the middle to the edges. so that air bubbles do not form under it. If desired, you can put a shadow on the drawing with 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 of craquelure). To the technician craquelure justified your expectations, apply the varnish in one direction, uniform strokes. Dry lacquer will be for about two hours, but cracks will start to manifest earlier.

To highlight the cracks, to make them more visible, use patina. To do this, we immerse the brush in the patina solution, apply the solution over the entire surface of the product. When cracks become more visible, the excess patina needs to be quickly and carefully removed with a clean cloth. The color of the patina can be very different, from black to gold. The drying patina will be about 36 hours.

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

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, a mosaic made of eggshell is made on the product. It is covered with paint, and already over it is made decoupage. Of course, the result will not be the same as when using a lacquer varnish, but it can turn out very funny.

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