Create unique, organic textures with Kroma Crackle
KROMA CRACKLE IS AMAZING! Kroma Crackle is a versatile,
professional quality material suitable for all kinds of fine art
applications and craft projects. It is a semi-opaque gel that develops
fine cracking patterns as it dries. It can be applied to both rigid and
flexible surfaces and once dry and sealed is both durable and highly
flexible. KROMA crackle can be colored by adding small amounts of
acrylic paint before application or by painting over the crackle once it
has dried. Experimenting with application methods can influence the
texture of the crackle to achieve different looks with limitless
How to Use KROMA Crackle
Q: How thick should I apply KROMA crackle?
A: KROMA crackle should be applied between 2mm and
5mm thick. While very thick application will create wider cracks, KROMA
crackle is best used for subtler effects with cracks that will range
between one millimeter to three millimeters.
Q:How do I apply KROMA crackle to a surface?
A:If the layer of crackle
gel is too thin very little cracking will occur or the cracks will be
hardly visible. To ensure a thick enough layer is applied we recommend
using a palette knife or similar tool to spread the crackle gel. Using a
brush tends to make it more difficult to achieve a layer of adequate
thickness for effective cracking to occur.
Q: How do I clean up KROMA Crackle?
A: KROMA crackle is water based and cleans up easily using soap and water.
Q: How long does it take to dry? Can I speed up the drying time?
A: KROMA crackle can take between one and three
days to dry. This will depend on the surface it is drying on, the
thickness of its application, and the environment in which it is drying.
More absorbent surfaces seem to take longer to dry, while well-sealed
surfaces have shorter drying times. Thicker application will take
considerably more time to dry than thinner application. Speeding up the
drying time is not recommended as it may interfere with the cracking
Q: Can I add colour to KROMA crackle?
A: Yes! Adding colour to KROMA crackle creates very
interesting possibilities. By adding small amounts of acrylic paint -
up to 10% or just enough to colour the gel, Working withlight/dark
or contrasting colour combinations can emphasize the appearance of the
cracks. Metallic colours can be particularly effective. You can create
unusual“marble” type effects by swirling together portions of
differently coloured crackle gel. Alternatively colour effects can be
achieved by using the crackle gel straight from the tube, allowing it to
dry fully and then applying colour using any combination of washes,
stains, or dry brush techniques.
Q: Is it easy to use?
A: KROMA crackle is fun and easy to use! We
recommend experimenting to get used to its unique properties. Effects
can be achieved that emulate unusual textures such as lizardskin or
simulate the effects of aged paint or glaze. KROMA crackle can be used
to add textural interest to abstract paintings, mixed media collages,
image transfers, or elaborate scrapbook pages. The possibilities are
Q: Can I use any brand of paint with KROMA crackle?
A: Any brand of acrylic paint can be used with
KROMA crackle, though we recommend using a high quality grade of acrylic
paint. In fact once it is completely dry and sealed, other kinds of
paint can be used to colour the cracked surface including watercolours,
inks or oil paints.
Q: Is it archival quality?
A: Once fully dry and sealed with acrylic fluid medium, the result will be both archival quality and flexible.
Q: If I apply KROMA crackle over my painting, will it “crack” the paint?
A: No. To gain this effect you must apply KROMA
crackle to the canvas before you set out to paint. Allowing this layer
of crackle to dry completely before sealing, and beginning to paint. A
dry brush painting technique will allow the paint to sit on the surface
of the upper, cracked layer. Washes can be used to colour the
underlayer, flooding in between the cracks, and can be rubbed off the
cracked upper surface before the colour dries.
Q: What is the difference between the effects of KROMA crackle and other brands of crackle medium?
A: Unlike other crackle products KROMA crackle is
not a heavy paste but a semi opaque gel. Because it can be used on
flexible surfaces and remains flexible once dry and sealed it is very
versatile and suitable for all kinds of projects. Other crackle pastes
are designed for use only on rigid surfaces and form a pattern of cracks
that are less subtle and more widely spaced, with an absorbent, dull
Q: Where is KROMA crackle made?
A: KROMA crackle is made in Vancouver, B.C. Canada by Kroma Industries.
The Merri Artist, Inc.
321 NE Baker Street McMinnville, OR 97128