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Creating Faux Pitted Enamel Surfaces

By: Bumblebees and Butterflies
November 29, 2018

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Creating Faux Pitted Enamel Surfaces
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Hi it's Brenda here with you today. Back in September, I revamped a small panel I had made way back at the beginning of the year and used a pitted enamel surfaces technique to age it a bit more and to seal the surface. I then used it for the front cover of a handmade/hand bound sketch book/journal. You can find that post at Bumblebees and Butterflies - here.

This technique is not brand new and has been around for a while but I have been honing it to use with my DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics and Mediums. I got so into it I researched different metals and made a swatch for each one using different colours of media fluid acrylics, metallic paints and some Texture Sand Paste.

Pitting is a form of corrosion and Wikipedia states that pitting corrosion, or pitting, is an extremely localized corrosion that leads to the creation of small holes in a metal.

Now let’s take a look.

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Payne's Grey
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Dark Grey Value 3
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Pyrrole Red
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Silver
  • DecoArt Extreme Sheen 2oz - Pewter
  • DecoArt Extreme Sheen 2oz - Rose Gold
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Texture Sand Paste
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Patina Green
  • Embossing ink
  • Clear, ultra-thick embossing enamel
  • Good quality media card
  • Heat gun


Process steps for the pitted surfaces technique that I used on all the samples:
1. Pounce an embossing ink pad all over and cover with ultra-thick embossing enamel (UTEE).
2. Use a scrunched piece of dry paper towel and a small dry paintbrush to remove some of the UTEE to leave some holes or pit marks - tap off the excess.
3. Heat emboss
4. When cool, rub some Raw Umber/Paynes Grey/Dark Grey Value 3/Carbon Black paint over and when it is almost dry wipe over with a babywipe to reveal the dark pits in the surface.
5. When dry repeat step 4 again

Pitted Transparent Enamel:
(Enamel is a natural form of quartz. In simple terms, enameling involves a glass paste being applied to metal and then heated to fuse it to the surface. The finish of the enamel can be translucent or opaque depending on the temperature used to melt the glass. Higher temperatures result in a more transparent and durable enamel while lower temperatures give a more opaque and fragile surface.)

Create a surface that you want to be covered in clear enamel. I chose a piece left over from a previous experiment to use - shown below.

Instruction #1 - Swatch 1
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Repeat steps 1 - 5 above. I used Dark Grey Value 3 for the pitting.

Instruction #2 - Swatch 1a
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Pitted Coloured Enamel:
(To give enamel a particular colour, a certain number of special coloured components [pigments and dyes] have to be added. With these, almost any colour can be achieved.)

To begin, paint the substrate with any colour you like - with Christmas coming up I used Pyrrole Red.

Repeat steps 1 - 5 above.

Instruction #3 - Swatch 2
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This would look great die-cut or stamped and cut out as a pillarbox I think.

Pitted Gold 1 and 2:
To start the first swatch, paint the surface of the substrate with gold media acrylic paint.

Repeat steps 1 - 5 above.

I used Raw Umber on the gold.

Instruction #4 - Swatch 3
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To start the second swatch, paint the surface of the substrate with DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste and dry it. Then give it a coat of gold media acrylic paint.

Repeat steps 1 - 5 above.

Again, I used Raw Umber on this one, too.

Instruction #5 - Swatch 4
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You can see how the Texture Sand Paste added a different texture in places. Variations will occur depending how much of the UTEE you remove before heating it.

This next photo shows how much paint I spread on the surface and let almost dry.

Instruction #6 - Swatch 4a
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Pitted Brass:
For Step 1, paint the surface of the substrate with a mix of Gold and Raw Umber media acrylic mixed together.

Repeat steps 1 - 5 above.

I used Patina antiquing cream on the brass.

Instruction #7 - Swatch 5
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Pitted Silver:
For Step 1, paint the surface of the substrate with silver media acrylic.

Repeat steps 1 - 5 above.

I used Carbon Black on the silver.

Instruction #8 - Swatch 6
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If you have got any of the DecoArt metallic paints you can try any type of metal finish you want.

Pitted Pewter:
Here's a swatch using the Extreme Sheen metallic paint in Pewter with Paynes Grey pits.

Instruction #9 - Swatch 7
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Pitted Rose Gold:
Here's a swatch using the Extreme Sheen metallic paint in Rose Gold with Carbon Black pits.

Instruction #10 - Swatch 8
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To see how you could apply this technique to another project I have made is this Christmas card with a gold and silver bell on and both are cut from the appropriate swatch sample.

Instruction #11 - Staged 292
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Instruction #12 - Staged 3
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I hope this inspires you to play with the technique and create some metals, versions and projects of your own. If you do please link to your blog post or add a photo to the DecoArt Facebook post of this project.

Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas.

Hugs Brenda xxx


A fabulous tutorial Brenda, I have bookmarked it so I can give these techniques a try! Your samples are fantastic!! xx

Anne R

November 30, 2018

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