Are you loving the crusty-elegant finishes we are seeing everywhere today? This canvas art was created over a period of a couple of days. The copper foil edges really add a pretty, soft pop of metallic.
Notice the colors and textures look gorgeous with turquoise jewelry … have you noticed that the perfect place to look for color inspiration is sometimes in your closet?
Want to create the look yourself? Let’s paint!
• Artisan Enhancements products used: Fine Stone, Crackle Tex, Clear Topcoat Sealer, Leaf & Foil Size, “Leafy Scroll” stencil and copper foil and gallery style canvas
• Provence Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan (with a little Florence and Versailles added)
• Brushes and tools used: AE Topcoat Brush, AE Natural Sea Wool Sponge, AE Small Round Brush, AE Color Shaper, chip brush, containers, tape and gallery style canvas
PAINT THE BASE COAT
If you have several colors of Chalk Paint® you want to blend for the base coat which will show in some areas, great. Or just use Provence. Paint one or two coats and let dry. Tape off the edges.
STENCIL THE FINE STONE
Lay the “Leafy Scroll” stencil on the canvas and tape it or hold it down. Use the Color Shaper to pull Fine Stone over the stencil, keeping the level of Fine Stone consistent. You can go over it several times to level it out. Let the Fine Stone dry for a few minutes so that you can place the stencil near it without smearing the pattern. Continue until the canvas is complete and let dry. Use sandpaper if needed to knock off any rough edges.
STIPPLE ON CRACKLE TEX, THEN OLD WHITE CHALK PAINT®. PULL OFF SOME PAINT AND GET ARTSY WITH SCUMBLE.
Apply a thick layer of Crackle Tex with a round brush. Be sure that you don’t go over the Crackle Tex once placed as you can pull off the crackle. It can start drying right away depending on your climate. Let dry. An average is 30 to 45 minutes.
(NOT SHOWN. Use a round brush to stipple on a heavy coat of Old White Chalk Paint®, but not using a lot of pressure as you don’t want to move your Crackle Tex around under your paint)
As the paint begins to dry, remove strategic areas with a damp sea wool sponge, turning it as you go. Keep finding clean areas on the sponge and quickly wash it out as needed. Let dry.
(NOT SHOWN. Brush on a thin coat of Clear Topcoat Sealer with a Topcoat Brush and let dry 45 minutes or so. This gives you a good seal on your paint to be able to move your glaze around)
While the Clear Topcoat Sealer is drying, mix a 1 to 3 ratio of French Linen Chalk Paint® to Scumble (our version of an untinted glaze) and brush over the entire surface. Remove excess with a damp rag until you like the look. Let dry.
Mix a 1 to 3 ratio of Graphite Chalk Paint® to Scumble and brush over the entire surface. Remove excess until you like the look. Let dry.
FINISH THE SCUMBLE, SEAL AND ADD COPPER FOIL ON THE EDGES
You can continue to add layers of tinted Scumble to get the look you like.
Remove the tape on the edges and seal the entire piece with Clear Topcoat Sealer (will give you a matte finish). Let dry. On the edges ONLY, brush on a very thin coat of Leaf & Foil Size and let come to tack for about 30 to 45 minutes (will go on milky and become clear when dry). Lay a piece of metallic copper foil (shiny side UP) and burnish (rub) with a stiff brush. Remove the foil and complete all four sides. Since the canvas has texture you will be able to see some of the Provence showing through.
Apply a coat of Clear Topcoat Sealer on the edges to seal in the stickiness of the Leaf & Foil Size. If you want a shinier finish, use Clear Finish i.l.o. Clear Topcoat Sealer. Hang your canvas and enjoy!