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Faux Metallic Lantern

by: Jools Robertson
September 12, 2017

Faux Metallic Lantern

As the nights are drawing in I love to use candles, so I decided to create a metallic effect Lantern with oxidized and hammered metal effects.

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Liquid Glass
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Texture Sand Paste
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • Dazzling Metallics 2oz - Worn Penny
  • Dazzling Metallics 2oz - Dark Patina
  • Dazzling Metallics 2oz - Teal
  • MDF Lantern Kit - Candybox Crafts
  • Half Pearls
  • Die Cut Card - Spellbinders Petite Monarch
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Battery Candle
  • Palette Knife

Instructions :

I assembled a MDF Lantern kit with DecoArt Liquid Glass and decorated with half pearls.

Apply DecoArt Media Modelling Paste to the top with a palette knife.

To create the hammered metal effect, texturize by putting the blade flat and lifting, repeat all over until evenly spread.

Decorate around the base with Die cut card.

Apply DecoArt Texture Sand Paste to all the remaining surfaces.

Paint the interior with DecoArt Media Fluid Carbon Black.

Paint all exterior surfaces with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Burnt Umber.

Once dry, apply a random wash of Cobalt Teal Hue.

Once dry, apply a random wash of Quinacridone Gold.

Allow the colour to pool in some areas to create a more natural effect.

Same process with Carbon Black, but very diluted so that the previous colours still show through.

Once dry, dry brush very lightly with DecoArt Dazzling Metallic Worn Penny.

Followed by Dark Patina.

and finally Teal.

Be sure to visit Creative Journey for more projects and to learn more about Jools Robertson.


Seriously... how incredible. DecoArt Media paints and textures just continue to amaze me. There is just nothing that isn't possible when you have an artsy imagination. Jools... this is INCREDIBLE... as always - I'm AWED by your creativity. FABULOUS use of DecoArt Media items... WOW. j.


September 12, 2017

Is the lantern kit available in the United States?

Teresa Adams

September 13, 2017

amazing textures and colors !!

Suman Pandit

September 13, 2017

Teresa Adams, I have checked with Candy Box Crafts if you contact them direct they will ship to the US

Jools Robertson

September 14, 2017

Very cool effect! It certainly looks like old metal!

Judy Hayes

September 24, 2017


Ellie Knol

September 26, 2017

Stunning as always Jools x

Dee Adams

October 15, 2017

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