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by: Candy Colwell
March 26, 2015
A pictorial tutorial transforming an inexpensive wooden frame into a dimensional faux metallic finish using DecoArt’s Mediums and Fluid Acrylics.
Layout a design on the bare wooden frame using the tracks, cog and gears, nuts and bolts. Be sure that you lay out your pieces so that the frame could be used vertically or horizontally.
I took a picture of the layout so I could remember it before removing the pieces. Working in sections, apply Matte Decoupage to the wooden frame and then begin adding pieces of slightly wrinkled white tissue paper. Brush over the tissue paper as well to seal it well. Continue doing this until the entire frame is covered. You may gently heat set the tissue as you are working or allow it to air dry.
Cut ½” and/or ¼” strips of heavy cardstock. Punch holes down the length of the strip using a CropAdile or a paper punch to create a “metal strapping” look.
Randomly place the “metal strapping” onto the wooden frame by brushing Matte Decoupage where you want to add the strip. Lay the strip in place burnish over it with your finger then brush more Matte Decoupage over the strip to seal it. Also place some strips going around the edges of the frame for more depth and interest. Gently heat set or air dry.
Brush Matte Decoupage onto the bottom of the long piece of train track to go on the left side of the frame. Then brush Matte Decoupage onto the left side of the frame. Lay the train track in place on the frame and press it into place, allowing the Decoupage on both pieces to bond. Repeat this step until all train track pieces are in place. I recommend placing a heavy book over the frame at this time to allow the train tracks to really adhere to the wooden frame surface. Let the Decoupage dry thoroughly.(It is important to brush Matte Decoupage onto the bottom of one piece and the top of the other piece to be joined to create a more secure bond.)
As done in the previous step with the train track pieces, brush Matte Decoupage onto the bottom of a chipboard cog/gear. Brush Matte Decoupage onto the surface of the frame where the gear is to be placed. Press the gear into place and hold for a few seconds, allowing the Decoupage on both pieces to join. Repeat this process for all of the chipboard cogs and gears.
Following the same technique as in the previous three steps, brush Matte Decoupage onto the bottom of a metal bolt or ring. Brush Decoupage onto the surface of the frame where the metal piece is to be placed. Press the metal piece in place and hold for a few seconds, allowing the Decoupage on both pieces to join. Let dry either through gently heat setting or air drying.
Brush over the entire frame with Matte Decoupage to seal it and allow the surface to accept the paints that are to follow in a uniform manner.
Brush Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic over the entire frame, making sure to get into all of the little nooks and crannies. Gently heat set or let air dry. There will probably be areas that need to be touched up after the frame dries.
Mix Titanium White and Carbon Black Fluid Acrylics to create a light grey. DRY BRUSH over the entire frame using a fairly stiff short brush and small strokes.
Using small, short strokes, DRY BRUSH over the metal strapping, gears and train track rails using Quinacridone Gold to create a rusted effect.
Add a patina look to the rusted “metal” areas of the frame by mixing a small amount of Cobalt Teal Hue, Blue Green Light and Titanium White Fluid Acrylics and DRY BRUSHING randomly over the “metal” areas of the frame, particularly the “metal strapping”.
Add some subtle highlights to the “metal” areas of the frame by lightly DRY BRUSHING Metallic Gold Fluid Acrylic randomly over the track rails, the gears and the edges of the frame. This creates a nice contrast of the subtle metallic gold to the matte finish of the frame.
Finally, brush a coat of Ultra Matte Varnish to protect the frame.
Be sure to visit Candy Creates for more projects and to learn more about Candy Colwell.