Today, I finished a job at Tina's house and got to take some photos of past projects that I did at her house. She does like some old and old world decorating. A while back, she asked me to paint trompe l'oeil cracks on her patio walls.
It's a little too cold right now, so you don't see all of her beautiful flowers and greenery on her patio. But, a few months ago, when I painted these cracks, it looked really, really nice to see the cracks in the background.
It's not hard to paint cracks and crevices. I used a dark raw umber and a little bit of black and a very small brush. It's best to start with a small brush because you can always smudge a little wider and a little more narrow. You just start where you think cracks would be, naturally. I didn't use a pencil, but it might help if you use a pencil first so you could see where you're going with your brush. At the end, I just gently smudged around, close to the cracks, so they would look a little bit dirty and smudgy. After a while, with the natural elements, they will start looking even more natural. And, they might look a little better and more authentic from a distance.