Thursday, January 19, 2017

Patina Effect in three simple steps

Hello Friends....
Today I want to show you how to create a Patina Effect in three easy steps. I made this Antique Patina Effect Altered Box for my DT post for Itsy Bitsy. For the international peeps, Itsy Bitsy is India's Joann's or Michaels :) .It is India's biggest and fastest growing Hobby, Arts and Crafts store chain with an impressive online and onsite presence with 18 Brick & Mortar stores and a very user-friendly e-commerce site as well.

Patina Effect in three simple steps 

started out with this beautiful Wooden Alterable box from the store. Made of real light weight wood these boxes are perfect for storage, decoupage, painting, stencil art, decoration and are great for gifting to family & friends.

Patina Effect in three simple steps 

I decided to give the box the antique patina effect using Mont Morte Black Gesso and the Pearlised Metallic Paints in Brick Red, Gold and Teal Blast...

Here are the steps to follow : 

I gave a coat of Mont Marte White Gesso to the Box to prime the wooden surface. Wood being a porous surface needs a Primer to prepare it for paints and sprays. Let dry. You can also use one of the pre-primed boxes as your base. 

1. Stencil design with Mont Marte Modeling Paste and Lattice Stencil by Itsy Bitsy , added some more texture with another stencil. Let dry. 

2.Paint all over with Mont Marte Black Gesso, cover completely and let dry. The black gesso makes the pearlised colors really pop !!

3. Dry brush the Pearlised Metallic paints in Brick Red, Teal Delight and Gold. There are few tips and tricks you should keep in mind when you use this technique

Some tips for Dry Brushing Technique :
1. Dry brushing technique involves using a paint brush that has a minimum amount of paint on it and using it to highlight textures and edges.
2. It is best to use a flat brush for this technique.
3. Keep your brush at a 90 degree angle and lightly brush edges or raised areas. Start with a light touch and gradually build color/layers.
4. The secret to this technique is not to apply too much paint on your brush, it is a good idea to keep a spare paper on which you wipe your brush after taking paint on it before starting on your textured surface.
The Pearlised metallic paints are opaque in nature so it is important to build the color in layers with very light strokes of a dry brush otherwise you will miss the contrast with the Black Gesso. In case you feel that your color layers are too thick, simply cover again with a coat of Black Gesso and start again.

This is the box after black Gesso and the color layers........
Patina Effect in three simple steps 

Patina Effect in three simple steps 

To embellish the box , I used a Sizzix weathered clock die cut, a brad, some metal bits and glass beads. I layered two diecuts cutout from thick card stock and painted with the same paints randomly. Added the clock hands to some metal charms using a brad, added the metal corners and beads with Silicon Glue ..........
Patina Effect in three simple steps 

The clock face and hands are added with little cardboard pieces below to give dimension.........

Patina Effect in three simple steps 

Patina Effect in three simple steps 

You can see some more pictures on the Itsy Bitsy Blog here. 

A Vintage Journey  Challenge Theme : Going Round in Circles

Please do leave your comments. I would love to read what you say and I would love to visit your blog too !!


Joi at RR said...


Virginia Lu said...

Wow, what a work of art! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything But a Card” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

A Pink said...

Stunning! Suman Gorgeous colours. Fabulous design and execution

Sara Barker said...

Love, love, LOVE your beautifully crafted box! Your stencils are amazing!

Karen Crossen said...

Beautiful box!! The texture is amazing!!!Thank you so much for playing with us this month at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

Iris R. said...

Very nice.

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