Arte Deco

Verwerkingsmogelijkheden met Arte Deco Acrylverf voor Craqueleren, Patineren, Zeefdrukken, Verouderen, etc. (ENGELS)
Technical information
 Crackling the paint surface
A crackled surface has become very popular in decorative painting and there are various ways of obtaining this effect with ArteDeco. Although it is possible to crackle just about any surface, the easiest way to get started is on a flat surface of wood, hardboard or cardboard (picture frames, boxes, and furniture).


Step one: Seal the surface with two coats of base color. For this example we are using Antique White (color Ref.2).

Step two: Once base color has dried, apply Crackle Medium (ref. 160). Do not shake the bottle of Crackle Medium before use, this causes air bubbles, which will result in small craters on the paint surface. Use a soft, big brush or sponge for a quick, even application. Crackle Medium dries to a transparent, glossy finish, so that is easy to see if any part of the surface has been left unpainted. Uncovered areas can be touched up. Drying time varies according to the temperature, humidity and air currents, but generally Crackle Medium will dry in about 30 minutes. (Do not try to accelerate drying with a hair dryer, since a direct current of hot air may burn the surface).

Step three: Once the transparent coating of Crackle Medium has dried, cracks will appear. These can be seen more clearly against the light. To make these cracks more visible, brush on and wipe off a thin film of Liquid Wax (Ref. 162) or any oilbased color in contrasting tones.
The cracks can also be made more visible by using ArteDeco Glazes as follows: on the crackled surface, once dry, apply ArteDeco Retarder (Ref.570), and immediately thereafter brush on and wipe off de selected transparent color or glaze. Please note that this should be done delicately, and it would be best to practice first on some sample surface.

Step one: Begin in the same way as above, by sealing the surface with two coats of paint. For this example, we will use the color Evergreen (Ref. 90).

Step two: Once basecoat is dry, apply Crackle Medium (Ref. 160). Use a large brush or sponge and apply quickly and evenly. Do not shake the bottle, since this will cause air bubbles in the Medium.

Crackle Medium dries transparent but glossy, so it is easy to see if you have missed an area because it will remain matte. Touch up the areas you missed with more Crackle Medium. Drying time varies with temperature and airflow, but averages 30 minutes. Do not apply direct hot air to speed up drying, this will burn the coating.

Step three: Apply the contrasting color, in this case ArteDeco Buttermilk (Ref. 3). Use a soft large brush,and go over surface only once, so crackle glaze will not be disturbed. Do not rework the top coat of paint. Once dry, the top coat will crackle, revealing the contrasting base color. If the results are not satisfactory, the process can be repeated or the object can be sanded to start all over again. A final protective coat of clear wax or spray varnish will protect the surface, but is not necessary. This technique works beautifully with all contrasting colors, especially interesting is the use of Old Gold (Ref. 15) as a base color under Red Iron Oxide (Ref. 40), Burnt Sienna (Ref. 116) or Burnt Umber (Ref. 117).

Note: The color Old Gold (15) and the other metallic colors are not recommended for the top color in this technique; their chemical composition is different from the regular ArteDeco opaque colors, and they are not so easily crackled, or may only show very small cracks.

If you want to give an aged appearance to a printed reproduction, to a brand new painting (even if not painted with acrylics) or to a stenciled surface or decoupage, in short, if you do not want to cover the background with paint, but want to crackle over it, then the transparent crackle technique is the answer.

Step one: Apply ArteDeco Crackle Base (Ref.161) to the picture or design you want to crackle. This milky acrylic base seals the surface, and dries transparent. Two coats are recommended.

Step two: Once Crackle Base is dry, apply Crackle Medium (Ref.160) as described in part 1: evenly, with large brush or sponge, and no reworking . Remember, do not shake the bottle of Crackle Mediumbefore applying, since this will cause air bubbles during application.

Step three: After about 30 minutes you will see that cracks are forming. Once surface has crackled and dried completely, apply Liquid Wax (Ref.162) to the surface to bring out the cracks. Should Liquid Waxnot be available, you may use oil paint (the colors Sienna or Sepia work best), furniture wax, or even dark shoe polish; the procedure is always a gentle brushing on and wiping off. Cracks will be visible and the wax will protect the painting.


ArteDeco Glazes have a different formula than the 120 opaque colors. They dry more slowly, which allows for the different glaze techniques like combing, sponging and graining, etc. The range of glazes contains 15 colors selected for the decoration of furniture and interiors; they can be applied on their own, as additional textures, or for transparent staining on wood. It is very easy to crackle these glazes.

Step one: Apply a coat of ArteDeco Crackle Glaze (Ref. 611) to a clean smooth surface which has been painted with an acrylic base color. If the base is unpainted, two coats of Crackle Glaze will be needed. In the example pictured, we have applied Old Gold (Ref. 15) as a base coat, and next a coat of Crackle Glaze (Ref. 611).

Step two: Once the Crackle Glaze has dried to a slightly tacky finish brush on a coat of colored glaze. For this example we used Brown Glaze (Ref. 530) over the Old Gold. Use a large brush or sponge, and apply glaze generously. Crackling will appear in about 20 minutes. Cracks will follow the brushstroke, so if you desire a rounded pattern, glaze should be applied with a circular movement. Do not rework or paint over. You may apply a varnish, or clear wax to protect the surface, but this is not necessary.

Note: Humidity affects the size of the crackle formation. A wet brushstroke over Crackle Medium or Glaze before applying the second coat of paint will result in larger cracks; if the crackled surface is very dry, or has been applied days before, cracks will be very small, but a wet brushstroke over the dried base just before applying the glaze color will be of some help in achieving larger cracks.



Gold and Silver
The ArteDeco range contains 7 Metallic tones which can be mixed with one another and combined for various special effects.

The most popular technique for achieving an antique looking gold surface is to under-paint with a dark red or green. For our example, we use the following colours:

Step one: Apply two base coats of ArteDeco Brandy Wine (Ref.42) and let dry thoroughly. A light sanding between coats always improves the final appearance. Using the base of a candle, apply wax in a random pattern to painted basecoat.

Step two: Apply ArteDeco Old Gold (Ref. 15) over the entire surface. Once thoroughly dry, sand lightly. Where the wax has been applied, theBrandy Wine red basecoat will show through.

Step Three: Speckle surface with Brown Glaze (Ref. 530) and touch up again with Old Gold (Ref.15) to bring forth a deep golden shine. For different colour scheme, use the same procedure with a basecoat ofArteDeco Evergreen (Ref.90). This technique can be enhanced with addition of ArteDeco Gold (Ref.122) and Bronze (Ref. 123).
ArteDeco Pewter (Ref.172) will look like old silver using the following steps:

Step one: Apply a black or green basecoat, for instance Evergreen (Ref.90) and follow instructions as in “Antique Gold” above, waxing the painted surface with the base of a candle. Apply a second coat ofPewter (Ref. 172) and once dry, sand lightly; where wax has been applied, the pewter finish will wear thin and the dark green basecoat will show.

Step two: Once the coat of Pewter is almost dry, spray object with alcohol, this will cause a spotted, antique look.

Step three: Apply Brown Glaze (Ref.530) or Black Glaze (Ref. 500) over Pewter, and wipe off excess immediately, so that the darker glaze only remains in the grooves, cracks or depressions of the object. Highlight edges with ArteDeco Silver (121) or Old Silver (Ref. 124).

For a different effect, try sponging over a Pewter base coat with Evergreen and Brandy Wine or mix the metallic Pewter with these shades to create a new depth in metallic finishes.
 Working with Glazes
As opposed to the extra-opaque ArteDeco colours, Glazes dry slowly and are somewhat transparent. This permits the above described staining and “wipe on, wipe off” techniques, as well as many other decorating procedures.
Apply Brown Glaze (Ref. 530) generously with a large brush or sponge. Work glaze into folds, crevices and detailed areas. Glaze takes about 30 minutes to dry, which gives you time to wipe off excess and repeat the process if results are not as desired. If Glaze has dried too quickly, use Extender (Ref. 165)with a moist cloth or sponge for removing excess. Once the glaze has thoroughly dried, apply ArteDeco Old Gold (Ref.15) or Pewter (Ref.172) with a dry brush on the salient features.

2.GLAZING WOOD: Apply ArteDeco Green Glaze (Ref. 510) with a large brush or sponge to a clean, sanded wooden surface (box, chair, frame, etc.). Work it into the wood, and wipe of excess. The glaze will leave a soft, smooth finish, and the wood grain will be more pronounced. Repeat the process if a darker tone is desired. The glazes can be mixed with each other or ArteDeco opaque colours, they contain waxes and are pleasant to use, and the wood needs little sanding for a final finish.

3. OVERGLAZING: Interesting effects can be achieved by applying two coats of contrasting colour glazes (red over dark green, for instance), or glazing over a surface painted with opaque colours. In the example pictured, ArteDeco Turquoise (Ref. 79) was used as a base colour, andChinese Red (Ref. 556) was used to over-glaze, and patterned with a wood grain scraper. In this technique, make sure base coat is thoroughly dry, and then apply glaze liberally and wipe off excess immediately. The glaze will enhance the finish; it will affect the base colour only very slightly, but bring forth the grain of the wood and remain visible in the small surface imperfections of the surface, giving more depth to the object painted.

4.ROLLING, STIPPLING, AND SPONGING: ArteDeco glazes have an open time of about 30 minutes, and this makes them perfect for all the decorating techniques of sponging, rolling, stippling and combing, as well as false stucco effects, etc. When working on walls and other very large surfaces, the addition of Neutral Glaze (Ref. 595) or still better the more liquid Superglaze (Ref. 596) to the colours will delay drying time even more, avoid hard edges between working surfaces and make your decoration project easy and fun.
On wood alternate sponging of colours- for example Old Gold (Ref.15) and Brown Glaze (Ref.530) over a basecoat of Brandy Wine (Ref. 4240) or Evergreen (Ref. 90) is very simple and yet creates a striking effect. This technique is not only very attractive on new wood, but will salvage just about any damaged or worn item of furniture. Wood grain combs and other texturing devices are designed for working with glazes.

The ArteDeco Glazes and their auxiliary products Neutral Glaze and Superglaze are all available in 55ml. and 200ml.bottles, as well as even larger sizes for professional decoration and restoration use.

Note: Some of the ArteDeco colours mentioned in the above text are combined in sets of 6 55ml. bottles, please see contents below.