Thursday, March 7, 2013

White, Chippy & Cracked Effect Using Elmer's Glue Tutorial

White, Chippy & Crack Effect Using Elmer's School Glue Tutorial


Craft Paint - I'm Using CraftSmart Brand Buttermilk
White Elmers School Glue
Paint Brush
Fine Grit Sandpaper

Get out the piece you would like to make chippy.  I am using an old ceramic urn that was in my garage.  In fact, I was going to throw it away last I am very glad I didn't!

In most cases, you need to paint the base color or primer color.  This is the color you want to see when the piece starts to "chip".  I wanted the brown to come through so I did not choose to prime this piece first.  If you prime first for the base coat, allow base coat to dry completely before putting the coat of glue on!

Paint a coat of White Elmer's School Glue all over the piece, getting thicker in some areas than others.

Directly after painting the glue on, paint over the wet piece with your craft paint of choice.  The paint will pull a bit, or may be thick, this is fine.  Allow the paint to site for 10 min.

After 10 minutes, take some wadded up paper towels and start to "rag off" in the places you want to see chips.  Press the paper towel directly onto the piece and pull off, i.e. ragging off.  Repeat this over the entire piece where you want the chips.  The more you rag off, the more chips you  will see later.

As the paint dries, the glue underneath will start to pull and cause the paint to "crack".

I decided I "ragged off" too much so I allowed this piece to dry fully.  Then I brushed here and there with the Buttermilk paint.  I sanded the edges to give it a more chipped effect.

I just love how this has turned out.

I also did the same effect on the paper mache egg.

For the nest I just used brown spanish moss from Michaels.


  1. Really pretty and great idea! Can't wait to do, thanks for sharing:)

  2. Just beautiful, thank you for sharing, Di

  3. I love how you transformed an item
    you already had.
    Looks very vintage.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. I was looking for French letters and found your blog and I love your site. I will be using the script for my next project. Thank you so much. New follower here all the way from Africa! I love the chippy effect and will give this a try!