What fun this finish was to create! A bit rustic. A bit glamorous. And totally fit for a fancy gold frame.
We like how wonderful and time-saving it is to have the option to paint right over an existing finish on walls or furniture, and use it as ghostly pattern within the new technique. Especially when well-stuck wallpaper is involved.
We got the idea while searching around the studio, seeking an unpainted sample board. Rather than painting two or three coats of paint to delete the old pattern, we simply let it shine through.
Give it a try – we think you’ll enjoy the simple process.
Just visualize using this technique on canvas, a focus wall, on cabinet door panels, and on simple pieces of furniture
• CHALK PAINT® by Annie Sloan in Graphite
• rags, palette, wax paper, ruler
USE WAX PAPER SHAPES FOR THE TEXTURE & GOLD FOIL
Use the edge of a ruler to cut out some rough rectangular shapes.
Put some VP Antico on a palette.
With one hand, hold down a piece of wax paper. Pull the color shaper loaded with VP Antico downward, then upward to make shapes for the gold foil.
Paint on one coat of Graphite and let dry. Sand lightly to expose some of the VP Antico and any old pattern from underneath. Wipe clean.
ADD GOLD FOIL
Use an old paint brush to hand paint Leaf & Foil Size within the rectangular shapes. Let come to tack about 45 minutes.
Lay a piece of gold foil on top of the squares and burnish with your fingers. Be sure that the dull side of the foil faces DOWN.
Position the stencil on top of the surface. Add some Fine Stone to your palette. Use the color shaper to gently push Fine Stone through the stencil. Move the stencil as needed to complete the design.
The textured, raised letters nicely complement the distressing and the rustic gold leaf.
You are probably wondering about sealing this project. On canvas, as art, no sealer is required.
For a tabletop, or on cabinet doors and furniture, choose from Artisan Enhancements two sealers.
Clear Topcoat Sealer is a high quality, soya based, no VOC, non-yellowing alkyd sealer that is formulated for ultimate clarity with a matte sheen. It is water resistant once cured, and it dries to a clear finish that helps protect your painted, plastered and stained surfaces.
Clear Finish is a water based, NO VOC, all natural, non-yellowing acrylic varnish. It is formulated for ultimate clarity with a satin to glossy finish. It is water resistant and will protect your painted finishes, once cured. Clear Finish works well with Chalk Paint “whites” as it will keep them bright and not lift any color or stain from beneath. It is great on cabinets and works well over foil, leafing or high sheen finishes.
How will YOU use this technique? We would love to see photos of your version. Post it on our Facebook page!
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