I'm wanting to make a clock for myself and I want to give it an 'aged' look by using white (picket fence) crackle paint and normal black paint, what I want to do is allow the black paint to show through the crackle paint but I'm not 100% sure on how I can achieve this...do I paint the clock black first then add the crackle paint or apply the black paint after the crackle paint has dried and if so how do I apply the black paint so it only goes in the cracks? ? Any advice would be greatly appreciated ladies.
Apply a THICK coat of the white crackle and let it dry completely ... the coat should be like mayo or peanut butter in thickness. It takes a long time to dry, but once it starts to crackle, you can use a heat gun to speed up the process. Then use black soot distress ink in all the cracks ... really work it in there and I think you will get the effect you are looking for.
Tim Holtz has a tutorial on his site that shows this exact technique (that's where I learned how to do it).