Antique effect
with PLAKA

Handicrafts: Antique effect with PLAKA Lacquer and white Plaka

Antique effect

An antique effect can be achieved by applying white PLAKA to a surface that has initially been painted with PLAKA lacquer. The white paint however must be applied generously in order to create this beautiful effect. Normally, PLAKA and PLAKA lacquer should never be mixed as this causes cracking and rifting but here we are using these rifts to create a decorative element - the antique effect.


White PLAKA is applied thickly on top of brown PLAKA lacquer. The cracks form by themselves. A gold apple with PLAKA Gold is stamped on to the cracked surface by using a potato stamp.

Try using a new colour with each stamp, the colour mixes with the one used beforehand creating an interesting and lively impression.

When several apples are overlapped a beautiful pattern is achieved very simply which can be used for decorating greeting cards etc.

The golden angels were created as simply as the apples. Here the stamp was cut from foam rubber and painted with Gold Plaka. For easier handling, the cut shape can be glued to a building block. Such stamps can be used again and again.

How to create the antique effect:

  1. Apply PLAKA lacquer in the desired colour shade. (If the surface is absorbent, such as wood or card, it is better to apply a second coat.)
  2. Let the paint dry.
  3. Coat thickly with undiluted PLAKA in white. It is recommendable to use a thick hair brush (Gr. 12).
  4. Let the paint dry.
  5. The antique effect materialises during the drying phase. Once dry, the surface can be polished with a soft cloth to a silk-mat finish and then decorated for example, with serviette technique.


The effect can be applied to surfaces such as:

glass, wood, card, foil, acryl, metal and ceramic.


Antique Effect and Serviette Technique

The combination with serviette technique produces further interesting antique effect compositions. For example, the background for this charming Japanese picture was created using the above-mentioned method. For the first 2 coats Pelikan clear lacquer (water-based) on brown card was used. After drying, a coat of white PLAKA was applied. Finally, the figures were applied using serviette technique.

The basis for this pretty rose picture is also antique technique. The flower was applied using serviette technique.


Here is one last demonstration of antique effect. This paper-mâché box was given a base-coat of green PLAKA lacquer. The form of a gingko leaf was cut out of adhesive foil and stuck on the lid that was then painted very carefully but thickly with white Plaka.

After drying, the leaf was removed. The first coat with the green PLAKA lacquer creates an interesting colour-negative effect.

The antique effect can also be achieved behind glass or acryl by using the procedure in reverse.


  1. Apply Pelikan clear lacquer (water-based) to the backside of the glass or acryl.
  2. Allow to dry.
  3. Paint with white Plaka.
  4. Allow to dry - the antique effect emerges.
  5. Paint the whole surface with the desired shade. Gold and silver have a particularly fine effect.


Additionally it is also possible to decorate with serviette technique. This would be applied during step 1.