Nancy’s Painting Blog

14 thoughts on “Making an Acrylic Painting in Layers

  1. Hi Nancy,
    I saw this when it ran on HGTV & it has always stuck in my mind. It looks like you had a lot of fun shooting the spot.
    Thanks for all the tips. I've got some crackle paste just waiting for me to try it out.

  2. A good question. Crackle Paste is not considered as “stable” as the other acrylic products by Golden, because it cracks. I mean face it, an archival painting product is not supposed to crack. But Golden only markets high quality pro materials, and tests all products for their ability to last and be stable. The Crackle Paste, when used on a rigid support, like the panel I used in the video demo, should remain stable after the cracking phase (first 24 hours) and its full curing phase (2 weeks). Most tests by Golden on their products are for 500 year stability. In the demo, I add an additional stability layer, by pouring a fluid acrylic over the cracked and painted surface. This fluid pour works its way down into the cracks and anywhere between the Crackle Paste and the substrate creating an extra “glue” layer. For exact information on your question try contacting Golden Artist Colors, Inc and ask their tech department. They are very good about honest and factual answers. Website is

  3. Thank you for this website and your refreshing attitude to art – which has helped me reaffirm my intention of getting back to just having fun doing what I love the most – painting.

    I have been wild about acrylic paint for most of my life, i believe it’s one of the most versatile and satisfying paints to use. I have been trying for a long time to improve my technique and make my paintings more sophisticated because I really enjoy doing abstract work and large pieces. It is so inspirational to see your work.

    I hope i can find some of the products you mention on this post – particularly the fluid acrylic. I tend to us heavy gel mediums to create a textured background and ‘crack’ it myself, using various found objects and textural materials (like sand, gravel etc.) to make the thick surface. This method is obviously more time consuming and laborious than using a straight crackle medium – so i would like to try and get hold of that too at some point.
    I am from a suburb on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa.
    Thank you again, for a wonderful blog

  4. you made me want to come hang out at your studio and paint! it looked like so much fun!!!

    thank you for sharing your enthusiasm – I added you to my blogroll – I’ll be watching 🙂


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