Saturday 13 January 2018

Tando Media Board - Faux Metals

Yes Faux Metal has been the theme over on the Tando blog this week and there have been several posts with great ideas for inspiration.
I have made one of my easel boards using the Tando chipboards, Andy Skinner stamps and kits and DecoArt media line paints and metallic lustres.

I love adding an easel (using Tim's small easel die) so the board can stand up and be displayed somewhere.

If you fancy seeing a super quick Tarnished Silver technique that I created on the clock and how to mix that gorgeous metallic bronze on the heart then do pop over to the Tando Creative Blog and all will be revealed..........

Wow this week went super fast with so many deadlines to get projects finished and out and teaching a workshop yesterday I just don't know where it went.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others. 
Orson Welles
hugs Brenda xxx

Updated - copied over from the Tando blog

My sample for this week's theme of 'Faux Metal' includes probably one of the most simplest ways you will find for creating a TARNISHED SILVER  look. I have been teaching this very quick technique recently for part of a workshop project and when the frame I used it on is layered with other elements it looks really quite cool.

My Tando make for the theme has the Tarnished Silver technique on the clock - it's so easy - but I've also used metallic lustres, other media paints and gesso to create this overall metallic look to the piece and added an easel die cut on the back

Firstly take the media board (cut from Tando greyboard) and give it a coat of black gesso to seal it and dry. Then paint a coat of media silver acrylic paint and dry before stamping with shapes and text (I used the Andy Skinner Steampunk set).

I wanted to keep the silver feel to this background so I mixed some gesso with the silver paint and when the ink was perfectly dry I rubbed it all over with my finger whilst spritzing it with water. I then dabbed a piece of kitchen roll into it to remove quite a lot of the paint before heat drying it. I also distressed the edges.
I will nearly always distress/sand the edges of my pieces and use distress inks to frame the substrate  also to give it a lovely timeworn look.

Take the clock  - you can use chipboard or die-cuts for this technique - and paint it with black gesso, heat dry and then give it a rough coat of media silver acrylic paint. When that is dry randomly sand the edges so that you go back to the black or the original board and then blend in a dark brown distress ink. If you need to lighten some of the silver rub a very little of the silver paint or silver metallic lustre in random places to bring back some of the shine. That's it!!!!!!

 The inner circle of the clock was first painted with the silver paint, sanded and scratched and rubbed over with a little elegant emerald metallic lustre then covered with ground espresso distress ink. I flicked it with water and then dried it and repeated a second time.

The large cog was painted with media acrylic gold paint and sealed with ultra matte varnish. I lightly sanded some edges rubbed in vintage photo distress inks then also rubbed over some black shimmer metallic lustre and then dipped it in water and dragged a dry wetwipe over it ro remove some. I still
have a bit of a silvery effect on it. To finish I added some stamped scratches using Andy's Toxic set.

The heart was painted with a custom mix of paints which gave me a gorgeous bronze shade. This chart shows the stages it went through to achieve the final colour.

A coat of the custom colour. a mix of silver and black stencilled through the Tando cog stencil and then some splatters of silver and the silver/gesso mix finished it off.

The number was simply painted with black gesso, rubbed with a little silver spark metallic lustre and then the edges distressed with sand paper and vintage photo distress ink rubbed in.

The word was also painted with black gesso, stippled with the natural sponge and the silver/gesso mix and distressed.

Well I hope you have enjoyed the Faux Metals theme this week and that it's given you some inspiration for your own projects.