Ok I am not sure whether to be thrilled or what...I crackled the painting and stained it.
As you can see the crackle is not consistent which gives it interest and charm but it irks my perfectionist side no end!
I used DecoArt One Step Crackle which works great for small projects but try to get it to cover a 16" x 20" canvas in an even coat ...well it "ain't" going to happen. So it came out a little uneven and that got my goat.
Oh well I am hoping that maybe the finishing sealer may even out the surface a bit otherwise it will be what I refer to as a rustic finish.....:)
Thanks to everyone who weighed in on the question to "to crackle or not to crackle" it was fun to read the comments and overall I think crackling and staining was the way to go!