Thursday, October 30, 2014

Americana Chalky Finish Paint Tutorial

If you haven't seen or used the new DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish
paint yet, you're in for a treat!  This paint is awesome, beautiful
and easy to get an aged finish in just a few coats with not a lot
of work!
Transform any old furniture you have, into a vintage treasure!
I used some old wood bowls I had lying around, that I decided to
use for displays in my Art Booth.

DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Paints Tutorial, Sue Allemand Art

Since they were unfinished wood, I had my assistant, Makayla,
paint the bowls with a coat of "Carbon" (black) first.  This
paint is so nice and saturated that it really only takes one
coat!  I wanted the base to be black so that's what
would show through in the cracks and sanded edges on
the finished product.  You could use a brown, red, gray - or
whatever you'd like - to show through.  If your bowls already
have a stain on them - you could skip the basecoat part and
just sand any gloss finish off the piece first.

DecoArt Americana Weathered Wood Crackle Medium, Sue Allemand Art

After the basecoat is dry, paint Americana Weathered Wood
all over the piece in a slip-slap manner.  I like to slip-slap it on
in X shapes with the brush - this way, your cracks will be small
and random instead of in straight lines if you stroke it on.  Let
dry according to manufacturer's instructions - normally at
least 45 minutes.

DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Paint Tutorial, Sue Allemand Art

I tried putting the Weathered Wood on in random areas only, but
I didn't like the finished product.  After putting on the 
top coat and letting it dry and sanding - the cracked areas really
stood out from the sanded areas - I really didn't like
the inconsistency... it just looked wrong instead of aged.

DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint

Next, paint on your topcoat!  I used the color, "Escape", it's my
favorite!  :)  Of course, because it's a turquoise color!

Just paint on like you would normally paint - it doesn't
have to be a certain stroke or anything.  Please keep in
mind though, that the more times you go over the
crackle medium, the less it'll crack - so try to just swipe a
stroke or two over each area - don't fuss with it so much.
 Here you can see the cracks already starting to form!  

After doing the inside, let it dry, then proceed to paint the outside.
If you try to do it all at once, you'll get yourself full of
paint, as it's really awkward to hold in just a few
sections.  :)

When the entire item is painted and dry, then rub your piece down 
with a piece of brown paper bag.  I use this as a soft
sanding - it smooths out the paint and the grain of your
wood piece.  If you have areas that you'd like to sand off, like
around the rim, you can use a regular fine grit sandpaper to
give it some further aging.  After the sandpaper, I always
give it a once over with the brown paper bag again
so that you have a smooth finish to wax on!

DecoArt Americana Decor Creme Wax,

Next comes the final step - waxing your piece.  All you need is a
soft cloth and Americana Decor Clear Creme Wax.  Dip your
cloth into the wax, getting a little on your cloth.  Rub onto your
surface.  Repeat as needed until a thin film of wax is
applied to your piece.  Then take a clean cloth and buff it
to bring out the smooth sheen!

And here's your final product!

My finished bowls fit perfectly on top of these plant stands I
purchased at Tuesday Morning, to display my
necklaces!  They'll hang from the bottom bar.  And YEP -
you guessed it - I painted these with Chalky Finish as

I bought them as black metal - so I just took a slightly 
damp Sea Sponge and sponged on "Everlasting" (white). 
Let dry.  Then sanded a little to let a little more of the
black show through.  Then WAX!  :)  

I love how they turned out!  Now I can use the bottom
for necklaces and put some magnets, buttons or other
fun art pieces for sale - in the bowl!  :)

If you have any questions on how to use this paint, just let
me know in the comments below!  Oh...and one other
thing...this paint really covers well!  You don't need a lot to
go a long way!  You can purchase Chalky Finish at
Home Depot, Lowe's, Michael's, Amazon and
directly from DecoArt!  There are also some great
tutorials on their site for you to check out!

Have fun!

Friday, October 17, 2014

art from my heart

This is so true!  Art that is not "forced" - that comes directly from
my heart, with passion and energy - is the best representation
of the inspiration and joy I feel when creating!  And the
message I want to send out into the universe.

Art that comes from the head - is the kind of art I don't
want to make anymore.  It's the kind of art OTHER people WANT
me to make... not the kind from my soul!