Wednesday, January 19, 2011


22" x 28" x 1.5" acrylic on stretched canvas
©teresa kogut

"HARMONY" (detail)

LOVE this one! But boy did it give me fits! I used a crackle finish that nearly ruined this painting. LeFranc & Bourgeois 3 step crackle finish is what I used....I have used it before and liked the results but those paintings were on wood. Not sure if it was because this painting is on canvas or not but I will NEVER do that again.

First I applied the aging varnish....which I love because it "yellows" the colors making them warmer. After 3 hours I applied the crackle varnish, then was done for the day. The next morning I couldn't wait to get to the studio to see how it crackled but instead was shocked and very disappointed. The crackled varnish had flaked and was "milky" dulling all the colors. I wasn't sure what to do so I tried sanding it off.....that got some of it off but if I sanded too much I could possibly sand some paint off in the process. I read in the directions that water would take off the after much scrubbing, I got most of it what??? I wasn't sure where to go from here. Finally I decided just to put another coat of aging varnish over top and call it good. That worked but it was very glossy....not my style.

I was petrified to put anything over top of the varnish but I couldn't leave it like it was so I took a leap of faith and applied a matte varnish over top. It was a different brand name so I wasn't sure if they would have a reaction (I have had varnish get gummy before). Anyway...all it well. I love the matte finish, the colors are still vibrant and some of the crackle shows on the lettering. Live and learn, right?


  1. Teresa, sometimes it's the "mistakes" that turn out the best! I think you've discovered a new "process"! I love the textures on this!
    Diane XO