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Paint your base color a soft sky blue and allow to dry. Mix a glaze of white and another glaze of light silver-gray. Apply white glaze to about 25% of surface of base with a soft rag in a circular rubbing motion. While the white glaze is still wet, apply a small amount of the silver-gray glaze with another rag to the "edges" of the clouds and blend in. You can create white billowy clouds or clouds that have more of the silver-gray caste to them, whichever you prefer. If you find you've gotten too much of the silver-gray on the clouds, just go over it with more of the white glaze. Allow to dry.
Paint your base color and allow to dry. Apply a coat of glue with a damp sponge. You can use either white glue or hide glue. A thin coat of glue will make fine, small cracks such as those found in an old oil painting and a thicker coat of glue will produce larger cracks. While the glue is still tacky, apply a coat of your top coat paint. As the top coat paint dries, the glue will shrink and crackling will occur. Allow to dry and seal with acrylic.
Paint your base color in a rich dark chocolate
brown paint and allow to dry. Make three separate glazes; one
in black, one in taupe, and one in ivory. Brush the taupe glaze
over the entire surface (a small section at a time) and then
blot with a damp sea sponge. Apply the black glaze by saturating
a paint brush with it and then splattering it over the surface.
Do the same with more of the taupe glaze and then the ivory
alternating until you have tiny splatters over the entire surface.
You do not have to wait for the first taupe glaze to dry since
you are not actually touching the surface. If you would like to
give the final granite effect a softer look, then sprinkle
the entire surface lightly with a paint brush full of mineral
spirits. If you're painting a vertical surface the mineral spirits
may make it drip, but for a horizontal surface, you shouldn't
have any problems. Let dry for several days because of all the
layers of glaze. Apply a satin or semi-gloss varnish to bring
out the depth of the paint layers.
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