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Kroma Crackle is a versatile, semi-opaque, acrylic gel medium that develops amazingly unique, organic textures as it dries. Developed in 2008 by a small Vancouver-based company, it has received astoundingly positive feedback from local Vancouver artists and now continues to grow in popularity among artists worldwide.
Suitable for professional-quality, fine art applications as well as craft projects, Kroma Crackle can be applied to both rigid and flexible surfaces including wood, cloth, canvas, and paper. Once dry and sealed, it is both durable and highly flexible.
Kroma Crackle is easy to use. Begin by covering your substrate with acrylic paint (or seal it with clear acrylic medium if you wish it to show between the cracks). Then simply apply Kroma Crackle — either tinted with acrylic color or straight from the tube. If left untinted, Kroma Crackle dries to a semi-opaque white that can be painted over once hardened.
You can achieve a limitless number of results by experimenting with application methods. Try manipulating the direction, thickness, and flow of the medium to influence the movement and spacing of the cracks.
Kroma Crackle is made by hand in small batches in the Kroma Industries workshop on Granville Island in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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from Cortez, CO
Comments about Kroma Crackle:
Makes the best crackles and the company that produces them is from Canada .They were never going to market it as it is a outcome of faulty paint!Super glad they did and now sell in the U.S.!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Challenging but unique
By Clementine Danger
from Boston, MA
I'm a mixed media artist and always on the lookout for new and exciting media, and man does Kroma qualify! Don't mistake this for another crackle paste. The look and feel of the cracle is completely different. It's the only medium I know of that does exactly this.It does require some practice and tests on different surfaces, but once you get the hang of it it's quite versatile. DO READ THE FAQ and follow directions exactly, because it makes the difference between a beautiful surface and a flaky mess.I heard someone say that a little goes a long way with this paste, but I disagree. You will go through one tube very quickly, considering the layer has to be AT LEAST 2mm to get a decent effect. I personally think it's value for money because of its unique effect, but it is expensive.Couldn't recommend this any higher though.
Very good, works well.
from Andover, CT
Does exactly what it says. Very pleased.
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Love Kroma Crackle!
Love the consistency of the results. I'm still playing around and experimenting but super happy. It's different from crackle paste: the paste is great for bark looking texture. The KC looks more like cracks from dryness. Love it!
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Best Crackle Finish I've Ever Used
By Old Crone
I use this to get the "demented derma" effect for my horror dolls. It goes on nice and looks so interesting when dry. I have not found another crackle finish better.
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This pic shows the demented derma using the Kroma
Tags: Demented Derma, Made with Product, Kroma
Demented derma using Kroma
Tags: Made with Product, Kroma, Demented Derma
Tried It and Liked It
By Flint Springs
I wanted an effect that helped show a deteriorating environment. Crackled sky was perfect. I put a thicker application high and thinned it downward to make the smaller crackles below to seem to grow into the bigger crackles above. I put about 5% color in the gel before applying and it worked fine. I propped the canvas up to allow the gel to drip a bit too. Works for me!
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Detail, in progress
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There is no other!
By Carol K.
from New Port Richey, FL 34655
I use this crackle medium on polymer clay and it by far is the best product for this application.
Not just for acrylics!
By glass mltr
I'm constantly experimenting with my mixed media pieces. I recently thought of using Kroma Crackle after I covered several strips of cardstock (yep, not even special paper) with a watercolor product known as twinkling h2os. I didn't think about using this until after I'd painted the strips & was almost resigned to repainting with acrylic so I could get the crackle to work. Fortunately, some person posted on U Tube the Kroma Crackle & they also used it with watercolors! I got back into my studio & experimented with a couple of extra strips I'd painted with watercolors. It even crackles watercolors! How great is that! I strongly suggest anyone who has not been successful with this to watch the u tube segments for this product & give it another try. Thanks Blick for stocking the larger size!
Kroma Crackle rocks!!
from North Carolina
Very unique product useful in many mediums. Such fun to play with! I use it with polymer clay and acrylic paint. Makes a stunning looking surface with minor work. I haven't found anything I really don't like.
Kroma Crackle, My go to product for texture in Polymer Clay
from Mt Sterling KY
Used in polymer clay jewelry. Great technique for texture.
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