cracked glass effect

Learn how to create a rich blue background covered with a cracked glass effect.

You can use the background as is, or cut up the page at the end for cracked glass ATC’s (artist trading cards), postcards or smaller backgrounds.

I ended up upcycling this background into an acrylic painting of a corkscrew branch named “How to Paint a Leafless Tree“.

Using One-Step Crackle to Create a Cracked Glass Effect.


Strathmore Visual Journal

Paint Palette: DecoArt Traditions Acrylics

  • Titanium White – DAT35
  • Sapphire Blue – DAT27
  • Cerulean Blue – DAT28
  • Blue Grey – DAT30
  • Phthalo Blue – DAT24
  • Vermilion – DAT09
  • Carbon Black – DAT42

Prep and Mediums

  • Acrylic Gesso – TXFP06
  • One-Step Crackle – DS69
  • DuraClear Satin Varnish – DS21



Royal Soft-Grip Brushes

  • #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425
  • #8 Gold Taklon Round – SG250
  • #4 Bristle Fan – SG825
  • ¾” Gold Taklon Stroke B – SG711

Royal Fusion:

  • 1” Glaze Wash – 3700

Other Brushes:

  • 1″ Wood Handled Foam Brush -RFOMW-1 or 3/4″ Gold Taklon Glaze Wash – SG700 to apply acrylic gesso if necessary
  • Craft & Glue Brush – RD80

General Supplies

  • Royal Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Royal Brush Grooming Pad – RD100
  • Ranger non-stick craft sheet (currently using the Unstick Arts and Craft Sheet)
  • baby wipes or kitchen wipes
  • paper towels
  • heat gun or hair dryer
  • misting bottle
  • wax or parchment paper
  • masking tape


What did you think?

Do you like the look of cracked glass in art?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.