crackle decoupage finish

When doing a crackle decoupage finish, sometimes things go a bit wonky and that’s the whole purpose of the book of backgrounds series… to experiment.

In this Book of Background video, you’ll learn how to create a simple crackled background using decou-page paper, fluid acrylics and one-step crackle.


How to Get a Crackle Decoupage Finish


Background Type:

  • 140lb Mixed Media or Watercolour Paper (anything that will accept acrylic paint, that is sturdy)


  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

    • Translucent White – DMFA40
    • Quinacridone Magenta – DMFA35
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams

    • English Red Oxide – DMM154
    • Patina Green – DMM152
    • Titanium White – DMM153

Prep and Mediums

  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18
  • DecoArt One Step Crackle – DS69
  • Americana Decou-Page Paper Medium – DS115

Collage Material

  • Americana Decou-Page Paper – Metallic Type – DP51


  • Royal Aqualon

    • 3/4″ Glaze Wash – R2700
    • #6, 8, 10 & 12 Shader – R2150
  • Royal Soft-Grip

    • #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425

General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Royal Painting Knife – LP9
  • Unstick Reusable Arts and Crafts Sheet
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby, Kitchen Wipes or Kitchen cloths (for dry rub application)
  • Heat Gun


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