The color that you want to peep through the crackle needs to be your underlying paint color. In this case - gold. I used a basic acrylic here. Nothing fancy.
I've read that Elmers glue is the best, but I had some old crafters glue and thought...what the heck, I'll give this a try. If there is one thing I've learned.....you have to practice on something other than the piece you are doing. Use an old board or junk piece of wood. Don't make mistakes on your furniture and pieces where you might have to strip and sand to start over. No fun. So I practiced on a piece of wood and lo and behold, it worked!
How cool right? Not to mention this turned out just beautiful!
The fun thing with paint, is that you can do so much with it. I especially like chalk paint because of its ease and versatility. If I was going to crackle on a piece of furniture....I would probably buy a crackle medium and practice with it first. Then again....maybe not.