Crackled Painting

We love to draw and paint in our house, so we were very excited to try out a new technique!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    We just needed plain old copy paper for this art project.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Since this project requires the full page to be colored, we thought we'd take it in smaller steps, and cut out (with fancy-dancy scissors) two smaller sections of paper. Maddie drew her flowers with pencil first,

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    and then colored everything in, pressing firmly to make the crayon markings dark. She colored the background, too. 

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Tip

    If the the background is dark, the 'crackle' won't show up as well.

  • Step 4

    Time to crumple it up! Hmmm, wonder what that's gonna do....

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Maddie mixed a dark tempera paint with just a little bit of water, straightened the paper back out,

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    and then washed the whole picture with the paint. We could see how the paint was going into the cracks of the paper!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    She had a paper towel handy, in case the paint was too thick, and stuck more than it should to the painting. She blotted a bit, to soak up excess paint.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Step 8

    Maddie wanted more than one art piece on her picture, so made another, then glued them both to a piece of construction paper. She gave it another wash with watered-down glue to make it a bit shiny.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

  • Done!

    So pretty!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 9

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