For the finish on my chicken wire bulletin board I decided to use the crackle paint effect. The Weathered Wood crackling medium from DecoArtmade this a very simple and easy finish to achieve.
Step 1: Base Coat
First start by using a paint brush to apply your base paint color to the surface. In this case I used licorice colored acrylic paint. Acrylic paint was easier for me since it was such a small project. It may make more sense to use latex in larger applications.
Note: Make sure to evenly coat the entire surface and allow paint to dry in a dust free environment. And clean your brush, you’ll need a clean one in step 3.
Step 2: Crackling Medium
After allowing your base paint to dry completely, using a foam brush, apply the weathered wood crackling medium.
Note: Make sure to evenly coat the entire surface (that you want to crackle) and allow medium to dry in a dust free environment. Also, I usually buy the cheap foam brushes so I can just throw them away.
Step 3: Top Coat
Once your crackling medium is completely dry, using your clean paint brush, apply your top coat of paint. The crackling medium does its job immediately. I love the results using this stuff.
Note: Make sure to evenly coat the entire surface and allow paint to dry in a dust free environment. And clean your brush, don’t be lazy.
For a piece that will last a lifetime it’s always a good idea to apply some sort of protective finish. In this case I recommend a varnish such as asatin, water-based, polycrylic.
For more information about protective finishes see the finishes page.
As always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!