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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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Tonya Makes Over A Pair Of Tables With No Sanding No Stripping Paints!

Paints made easy, that’s what it’s all about.  That’s when painting really becomes fun.  That’s when you get excited seeing a chair sitting on the side of the road 🙂     Grab that chair,  give it a good clean,  pick your colors, and START PAINTING!

Tonya shared TWO projects – the first was this table,  before

and the after

Tonya used

  1. Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate layer 1, stippled and brushed
  2. Caromal Colours Chipping Creme layer 2
  3. Caromal Colours Parchment layer 3, brushed to cover
  4. sand to distress
  5. Brush on Caromal Colours Glaze

OOOOOOOOOH ! ! !

Her second one was a table she finished using Cece paint with Modern Masters silver over

What a pretty piece!  I love the stencil as well,   thank you so much for sharing Tonya!

It’s a perfect month to be playing with paint!

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A Customer Finds Her Perfect Color In CeCe Caldwell Cinco Bayou Moss And Springhill Green…

Jan came in today looking for Ce Ce Caldwell paint for a furniture piece.  She brought fabric that had a green in it that she wanted to match,  only none of the greens worked…

Darn, I wish I’d have taken a picture of her fabric.  I told her

Let’s see what we can cook up

and headed back to the paint area.  I grabbed Cinco Bayou Moss, a medium brown with a hint of green

and Spring Hill Green, a bright vibrant green

and mixed them together –  1.5 parts SHG to 1 part CBM to make this color

which we tested  -left side is clear waxed

It worked perfectly, and Jan went home with both colors so she could mix her perfect color.

Meanwhile,  the sample piece sat on the table all day, and it kept catching my eye… I loved the color

so I mixed up my own batch and painted these nesting tables

I love the color with the darker brown underneath, don’t you?

The tops were a slighty bumpy formica texture so I started by stippling Caromal Colours Texture Basecoat Chocolate (a dark brown) over that bumpy formica.  Then when the tops dried we painted the whole thing with the custom green.

One nice advantage of using the CeCe paints over the Caromal Textured Basecoats is there is NO need for chipping creme in between – simply paint over that textured with CeCe Caldwell paint and when dry wipe back with a wet rag to reveal your under color –

Pretty sweet…

From afar, sidelining the stars I created today…

It was a busy day!  I painted the stars with various colors of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats, Chipping Creme, and Toner

There’s so much you can do when you have great products at your fingers – both CeCe Caldwell and Caromal Colours paints make transforming furniture, cabinets and accessories easy and fun – you’ll be amazed at your creations!

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A Workshop Week… Textureline Finishes ROCK!

Last week I visited the Plaster Center & Minneapolis Institute of Fine Finishes and instructed a 2 day workshop on Easy Cabinet and Furniture Finishes

I loved his studio!  An old building, up a couple floors, in the city of Minneapolis… old plank floors, windows with natural light, high exposed ceilings, tons of room…. an artist’s dream….

It was a fun two days

with cool finishes created

Like those stencils?  I’m finally carrying stencils now, designed right here in Metro Detroit!

Drew Beninati, artist and owner, is the guy that is the colorant genius for Textureline products.   Textureline makes everything  from glazes and pigments to plasters and stone finishes.    Did you know I carry Textureline products as well?   🙂

At the end of our class we played around a bit with some new Moire Metallic Plaster colors.  I created this

That was last week.

This past week Drew flew here, to teach a two day workshop on troweled plaster finishes at my studio.  I  buzzed around all week getting everything in order. The back drop is troweled grey Sedonna plaster

Textureline sample finishes decorate the wall

I dressed  up this wall with two finishes

a sweet metallic textured finish on top, and a troweled Moire plaster on the bottom –  both finishes will be taught in an upcoming 3 hour workshop

I got to meet John and Greg from ProFaux out of Akron, Ohio.   I learned so much from John,  and Greg blew me away with his creativity

It was a pleasure hosting Drew –  he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met, and offers a finish-packed  2 day workshop

I’ve got some great stuff in the works –   next week I’ll be adding some new products for purchase, both online and in store.  Look for powder pigments and metallic waxes  in 4 ounce samplers AND as a sample kit.  Additionally, I’ll be stocking several more topcoats that will be useful with cabinet and furniture finishes- a flat wax and satin wax, both applied with a damp sponge – as easy as a wipe-on poly, but more durable.

Look for our summer workshop schedule this week – adding some new sessions,  CeCe Chalk Paint Techniques,  Animal Hide Texture Top Finish,  and a  Simple Wall Finishes Workshop.

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