Applying Couture Textures


Crackle over Sea Glass Zinc glaze

Crackle and Size over Sea Glass Paint Couture and Pale Gold Metallic paint. Zinc Glaze Couture is the final step.

Our Crackle is a 2 Step system. Step 1 is Size and Step 2 is Crackle. The Size is applied first and will enhance the size of the Crackle. This Crackle produces a transparent glossy crackle that can be glazed with Glaze Couture when it is dry.  As seen in the photo on the right, colors of the paints show through.

This product is very durable and does not need a topcoat.

Step by step Crackle:

  1. Paint furniture the desired color. Allow to dry.
  2. Apply 1 coat of Step 1 -Size.  Dries in 30 minutes.
  3. Brush on Step 2 – Crackle.  The lines of the crackle follow the direction of your brush strokes.  Therefore, if you want a curvy crackle look turn your brush in multiple curved directions.  If you apply it straight the crackle will line up in a straighter configuration.  Both are beautiful.  Crackle will get larger when you apply the product thicker.  When applied thinner the crackle will be smaller.  Vary the thickness of your application to have the most beautiful effects!
  4. Dry times depend on the humidity, in most cases it will be dry in 8 to 10 hours and ready for glaze.
  5. Apply Glaze Couture to enhance the crackle.  Apply the glaze with a brush and remove with a cheesecloth.
  6. Once the glaze is dry you are finished, there is no need to topcoat because the crackle is very durable.
  7. Clean up with soap and water


Crackle over Silver Star

Here are the steps:

  1. Paint the piece with British Grey Paint Couture, allow to dry
  2. Paint Silver Star Metallic Paint, allow to dry
  3. Apply Antique Silver Metallic Paint through the stencil, allow to dry
  4. Roll on 1 coat of Size – Part 1
  5. Using a paint brush apply Crackle – Part 2 making it thicker in some places, allow to dry. Crackle was applied with straight brushstrokes with a well loaded brush.
  6. Apply Zinc Glaze Couture and remove it with a cheesecloth
  7. Clean up with soap and water


Textures_Crust_sampleCrust applied through a stencil

Crust provides an aged or crusty look to your furniture or cabinets. It is an rough sand-color acrylic plaster speckled with a natural mineral from the earth. No priming is needed, apply with a brush, roller, or Bondo blade.  Apply it and let it be rough or smooth it out with a Bondo blade.  Randomly dab it on to achieve your deisred look and then apply glaze to enhance this product! Pull Crust through a stencil then dry brush paint over it to add highlights.

Crust cabinet door, dry brushed with Angelic Paint Couture and glazed with a wash of Van Dyke Brown Glaze Couture

Crust cabinet door, dry brushed with Angelic Paint Couture and glazed with a wash of Van Dyke Brown Glaze Couture


Embossing Medium

Textures_EmbossingMedium_sampleEmbossing Medium applied through a stencil

Our Embossing Medium is a smooth white acrylic plaster designed to create a raised plaster. Most noteworthy, this product creates a lace look on furniture. In addition Embossing Medium applies beautifully in stencils.  The Bondo blade applies this products through stencils.


Embossing Medium applied though as stencil, then painted and our Gilding Wax was used to highlight the raised stencil and hardware.  By Salvaged Decor.


Creating a grasscloth effect is achieved by dragging a brush through the product.  In addition, Embossing Medium is also used to fix holes and large scratch lines as well as repair wood veneer. No priming is needed with this product. Embossing Medium dries to a flat finish and becomes very hard. It dries fast and does not shrink. Sand this product if desired to smooth it.  Finally, paint and glaze applies easily to enhance the look of this product.

Also, Paint Couture tints Embossing Medium to make it a color of your choice, as a result of this you will save an extra paint step, this works well if using deep colors.    See the picture below.

Embossing Medium created lace

Embossing Medium and Lace Technique

Step by step Embossed Lace:

  1. Mix Embossing Medium with Paint Couture (3 tablespoons paint to 16 oz. Embossing Medium)
  2. Spread a thin coat on the table top using a Bondo blade.
  3. Lay down a large piece of lace.  Put a small amount of tinted Embossing Medium in the center and spread outwards, covering the lace.  Apply the product tight with the Bondo blade until the lace is visible, revoke the excess product.  Pull the lace up and off.  Allow to dry.
  4. Paint the entire piece, including the lace with Paint Couture.  Allow to dry,
  5. Use Pale Gold metallic paint on the edges.
  6. Glaze the entire piece with Black Chiffon Glaze Couture.  Remove the glaze with a cheesecloth to reveal the beauty!
  7. Clean up with soap and water
Lace created with Embossing Medium

Lace created with Embossing Medium


Embossing Medium does not always need to be tinted with paint.

Here is an example with Embossing Medium used right out of the jar on this table:

Lace created with Embossing Medium over Vintage Moss Paint Couture, Champagne Glaze Couture on top

Lace created with Embossing Medium over Vintage Moss Paint Couture, Weathered Wood Glaze Couture on top by Sue Sanderson


Create a hammered copper look with Embossing Medium!

Apply Embossing Medium using a Faux Roller or a Loop Roller.  Paint, Copperhead Glaze Couture and Copper Metallic Paint add the depth and sparkle.  Here is one of our favorites done by The Weathered Door, one of our Retailers:

Embossing Medium creates this hammered copper look by Retailer - The Weathered Door

Embossing Medium creates this hammered copper look by Retailer – The Weathered Door