This is perfect for that cracked, aged effect. Apply one coat of Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral paint of any colour. (This will be the colour of the cracks), to a properly cleaned surface. If natural wood is desired, apply 1 coat Clear Coat and let dry completely. Stir Dixie Belle Crackle and apply. Do not thin the Crackle medium. The thicker the application the larger the cracks. Use a cross brush stroke to create erratic and wide cracks. Do not back brush; this will disturb the cracking process. Allow crackle to dry completely anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight. Apply a top coat of any Dixie Belle Paint colour. The crackling process begins as the paint dries. Let dry completely for 24 hours.