An Easy Way To Rust A Paint Finish With American Paints

Start with  Voyage Blue, a soft chalky European blue from American’s Ellis Collection

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I painted a coat of Voyage on this side table some time ago,

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but now, coming back to add finishing touches,  I realize I’ve already got a Voyage piece in the showroom that I recently completed –

 

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But it wasn’t just that – I was feeling an urge for

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Autumn…. 

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October Leaves….

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I decide to change it up – out with pure Voyage, and in with a little …

Tumbleweed (a medium chestnut brown)

Wild Horses (a dark chocolate brown)

National Forest (dark green)

A-maizing (a bright corn yellow)

and Orange Grove (a bright orange).

All I need is a little bit of  each – all on at the same time, using the same brush.  I’ve got a spray bottle of water on hand,  my plan is to apply this second layer of COLORS more like a wash

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I dab my brush into the browns, and start brushing out my second coat – immediately I add in some yellow, orange and green, and spritz on some water,  allowing me to easily blend all the colors together AND to move that watery color across my whole surface.   Blotting with a slightly damp rag lets me remove color easily, and a dry chip brush easily stipples away unwanted technical marks –

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Huh?  What was that mumbo jumbo speak?

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Painting AND trying to capture play by play photos is difficult, unless you don’t mind your camera getting trashed.   My Nikon is already needing a trip back to Mr. Camera Man – something inside the camera is dirty, causing a small dark water looking spot to appear on every single picture I take.  It’s driving me bonkers.  You can see it, below, on the bottom drawer – if the two holes from the handle make eyes, then the water spot is the nose – see it?

I knew that if I shared this painted piece, it would be hard to explain the finish without photos,   so I stop after brushing out drawer #2, and grabbed the camera

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The watery mix of paint is brushed on, and then I softly remove some color here and there with my handy dandy rag-

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(see the phantom camera ‘water dot’ in the lower left corner of the cubby?)

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To better visualize,  I’m smacking those colors on, all together – and the water is keeping the consistency loose, allowing me to move it around fast –

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I brushed out the side, the back and the inside cubby before going back to blot, wipe and finesse …  more Wild Horses in  one area gives one effect, more A-maizing  gives another…

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Wiping back where I want less color –  there is no rule to this – it will come down to your artful eye, and where YOU want more color, and where you want less… the original blue Voyage plays a key role in this finish color – giving it a real authentic rust feel –

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(where’s Waldo?  aka   where is the water spot?)

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I tipped the Orange Grove over without knowing it, and made a nice mess…

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Here you can see how the watered version of paint went on in all directions – I wasn’t fussing because it was inside a cubby, but it still was easily blotted back and then any  application marks stippled out with a simple chip brush

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Nicccccccce.

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Didn’t take long, and didn’t take much paint either.  when it dried I gave it a very light sand, just to give it a softer feel –

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Hmm… what to do with the top?  I had originally applied a Textured Neutral Hide Plaster, and created a pattern using a plastic bag.    My intent was to create something along these lines, with the Voyage as it’s companion

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Textured finishes from our Specialties Workshop at Fabulous Finishes Studio.

These didn’t float my boat with the Rust…

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so I decided to scrape those same paint colors on the top, and see what I could come up with …

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I love love love these  plastic scrapers – I relied on them when I was a finishing walls, and they’re still my go to when  I want to apply products with a blade. I’m waiting for an order to arrive, and we’ll have them available for purchase.

On went the paints…

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blading/pushing that color into the textured top…  It wasn’t doing anything for me

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Too much like the base, I knew it needed more –

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Love how raw this finish turned out – it took to certain areas of the base differently, like see this area below right that has darker runs?  I couldn’t have created that if I’d tried ….

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The top?  I ended up applying a number of the deco metallic waxes that we carry, layering color on color, trying to darken the top… When that didn’t do enough, I added a layer of Stain and Seal Walnut and Ebony over it.  When that dried, I gave it a last rub of Liberon Bison Wax in Medium Oak

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Perfect with the pumpkins….   the base was sealed up with American Paint’s Clear Wax – when it dried we buffed the whole piece with the buffer brush

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No two pieces will ever be alike, but who wants them to be?  Think outside the box, and if you struggle with that then come join us for a workshop  🙂

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One response to “An Easy Way To Rust A Paint Finish With American Paints

  1. Wow that’s a really cool finish thanks for sharing the technique. I’d have been a little wary of mixing so many colors but the depth it creates is great in the finished piece.

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