I've had some spectacular failures, some by not reading the label. For one thing it can only be mixed with paint 10 parts crackle paste to 1 part paint. Otherwise the paint stabilizes the paste and it doesn't crack at all or at least not much as shown in the two paintings below.
Another thing I found out is that it has to be applied over a gessoed surface. I tried applying it to an ungessoed board and after the crackle paste dried the pieces started popping off. I let pop off as many pieces as would easily fall and then thickly gessoed over what was left with a blue colored gesso and then painted over it. I also reattached some of the pieces to create the heart outline. This one is called "Rebuilding."
I used some of the popped off pieces on another painting called "Flower for Hernando."
Another thing I've learned the hard way is that crackle paste is kind of fragile when it is built up.
It always needs to be sealed in some way such as with matte medium, or gloss medium or gels. Paint is not enough.
The two paintings to the right are highly textured and only painted over. Unfortunately some little pieces have been bumped and broken to reveal the brilliant white underneath.
I don't have any pictures of that but below are some details of the crackle textures.
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I have had some paintings turn out successfully from the start...