Annie Sloan’s unique Craqueleur is a two-part application that gives an authentic cracked varnish finish ⎯ just like on an Old Master! Step 1 is the base. With Step 2 you can control the size of the cracks ⎯ the thinner you apply it, the smaller the cracks. If you like, you can then highlight the cracks with a coloured Chalk Paint® Wax.
Apply 1 or 2 coats of Craqueleur Step 1 to your painted surface by brushing on in random directions. 2 coats will yield larger cracks. Allow to dry.
Brush on a coat of Craqueleur Step 2 in any direction. A thicker coat will again yield larger cracks, but take care not to apply too thickly. Immediately apply heat with a hair dryer or by placing outside on a warm, sunny day. Cracks will appear almost instantly. Allow to dry.
Further enhance the crackle finish by rubbing Annie Sloan Dark Wax into the cracks. Remove excess with a soft cloth. Apply additional coats of Annie Sloan Clear Wax to protect further. Buff when dry.