Wednesday 28 January 2015

2015 #2 Patina Clock {by Lou Collins}

2015 Theme 2: Shiny Stuff

Hi everyone Lou Collins here, joining you this evening with a post about creating a Faux Patina Metal effect using Fresco Paints. I love this is a very quick and simple way of aging and material by years! I have chosen to take a metal alarm clock and alter it to make it look old. Although it looks as if the effect has taken years to develop, it in fact, only takes minutes to achieve, by following the steps below. 

Step One: Using a foam applicator, dab a mix of Slate and Old Gold Fresco Paints all over your surface. There is no need for a primer with these paints, and the Opaque qualities of the Slate ensures a good solid base over the shiny silver metal.

Step Two: Repeat Step One but this time using Bora Bora and Toffee coloured Fresco Paints. Try not to mix the two colours two much so that there is lots of contrast between both colours. 

Step Three: Going back to the first two paint colours again, dab over a mix of Slate and Old Gold in places using a screwed up kitchen towel for a really uneven finish. 

Step Four: Squeeze some Old Gold onto a heat resistant mat, and press a stamp into the paint. I have used the cogs from the Eclectica Stamp Set EDY02

Dab off any excess and press the painted stamp into random parts of the clock to leave a subtle design and texture. 

Step Five: Finish by heat drying the paint, holding a heat gun over the stamped images until the paint starts to bubble. This gives even more texture. 

To complete my project I stamped some of the other designs of the stamp set on brown cardstock, and heat embossed the images in white. I took a small paint brush and added a small amount of coloured detail to the stamped images in the Old Gold and Slate Fresco Paints. 

This aging technique does not have to be used over metal...I love that it would work just as well on wood, plastic, cardstock...why not have a go with your favorite stamp set? 

Thank you for joining me this evening! 
Lou Collins x 
(Lou Collins Designs Facebook Page) 

Ohhh Lou this looks like so much fun, and like you say, wood mirrors, old biscuit tins...all kinds of things could be given this patina treatment so easily! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration tonight!

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Unknown said...

Love the effect with the paints and kitchen towel. I will have to give it a try:). Xxx.

Helen said...

what a great effect!

Rebecca said...

Great I need that old gold 😃 I have a clock half done maybe I should finish it LOL
Happy craftin

Gabrielle said...

Ooh! Fabulous! Must try!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is a fabulous effect, and achieved just with the Frescos - love it!

Lucy x

Miriam said...

Love the effects with the paint - I wouldn't have thought about going back over it again! Lovely project

Hazel Agnew said...

Clear instructions and perfect effects. Love it, thanksZ,

JoFY said...

great effect!

Crafty Claire said...

Great effect in just a few steps x

Julie Lee said...

Amazing effects! This looks terrific! xx

craftimamma said...

Great step by step and what a fab effect. Need that Old Gold.....I think it's only the metallic FFs that I don't have!

Lesley Xx

Living to work - working to live said...

I also need that Old Gold. In fact I feel January's pay may be frittered away on more FF paints. Lovely technique. Thanks for sharing. Hilary

Karen said...

Lovely clock Lou. Stunning work as always

Kirsten said...

I love it! You achieved a great result with the paints, the rust looks so realistic.

craftytrog said...

Fantastic effects Lou! xxx

sarascloset said...

Wonderful patina on that clock! I'm pinning this for future reference and inspiration!

Cocofolies said...

This is a wonderful project, love the patina you have created using paints only, and the final clock is fantastic!! Coco x

Kezzy said...

Wow absolutely gorgeous clock, I love the way you have done the outside, truly awesome effect. Kezzy :-) xxx