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Crackle Painted Box

use paint & crackle solution to create an "aged" storage box

By Aleah Sherrod
for CraftAndFabricLinks.com


painted box

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Watch my free video for full instruction on painting paper mache. Learn about supplies and painting technique. I used a book shaped box to create a 30th birthday "memory box".


Designer Storage Box

Designer: Aleah Sherrod

painted boxTurn a cardboard box into a designer storage piece for your bedroom or dorm room. Store keys and other small items where you can find them. Create a beautiful finish using contrast color paint and crackle solution.

Also see:
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Supplies

box supplies 1 paper mache box (purchase from craft supply store)
gesso (or other primer) 
Crackle Solution 
3 Paint Brushes 
Paint Tray


Directions

1. Apply Primer

Paint on a layer of gesso or primer. Gesso can be purchased at a craft store. I use white Gesso as a primer for canvas, wood, paper mache and other items to be painted.


2. Paint Base Color

paint lidPaint the lid inside and out, using the lighter paint color (we used gold for base color). Repeat with the box. Allow lid and box to dry.

NOTE: Gesso was not used on this box. The paint was painted directly onto the unprimed box. I recommend applying gesso first.


3. Apply Crackle Solution

crackle paintPaint the lid inside and out, using the lighter paint color (we used gold for base color). Repeat with the box. Allow lid and box to dry.

NOTE: Gesso was not used on this box. The paint was painted directly onto the unprimed box. I recommend applying gesso first.


4. Apply Top Coat

finished lidThe top (darker) paint coat will go on top of the crackle paint layer. For instructions on when to begin painting on the top paint coat, refer to the bottle of crackle solution. Our top coat is green.


5. Let Dry / Decorate

decorated boxLet all paint and solution to dry. Leave box as is or decorate with buttons, "gems", buttons or other items.


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