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This is totally the opposite of Sargent, and the style I prefer, but I am working on a large project painted on oak panel after the style of Hieronymus Bosch (16th Century Dutch). I have a deadline to submit photo so I will have a little time to allow it to dry after I submit the photo. However, I would like to introduce a bit of cracking. I assume being in a hurry might be an asset for that. I guess there are lots of ways to go about producing cracks, but I would like them to be subtle. Any safe way to get small cracks in the painting? 


  • I am sure crackle effect was discussed here not so long ago maybe @dencal was on the topic - Bosch loving it please post the work 

  • This is excerpted from Wiki.

    Induced craquelure can be created by a variety of techniques, and in paintings is often used by forgers of Old Master paintings, which would normally show some. Art forger Eric Hebborn developed a technique and Tony Tetro discovered a way to use formaldehyde and a special baking process.[6] Craquelure is almost impossible to accurately reproduce artificially in a particular pattern, although there are some methods such as baking or finishing of a painting by which this is attempted. These methods, however, generally achieve cracks that are uniform in appearance, while genuine craquelure has cracks with irregular patterns.[7]

    Craquelure is frequently induced by using zinc white paints as the underlayer in pentimento techniques. Zinc whites with small zinc oxide particles (~250 nm) are more successful at inducing craquelure than larger aprticles because it does not adhere to the sublayer.[8] Additionally, zinc white paints using linoleic acid-based binders are more successful at producing craquelure than paints with other binders.[8]

  • dencaldencal -
    edited June 2018

    Here is an artist creating craquelure on a finished painting with a coat of water based varnish followed by a coat of oil based varnish.


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