Mixed-media Technique – Transform a Cigar Box to Look Like Metal

January 17, 2017
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I love this faux metal technique I accidentally discovered a few years ago because it works on so many surfaces. I began with an old worn out cigar box from my stash of stuff that deserved a new life!

I painted the box with 2 coats of Gesso. When dry, I added a coat of DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Worn Penny acrylic paint.

Next, I used Collage Pauge and a brush to apply pieces of Sewing Pattern Tissue all over the surface, leaving some gaps here and there. I like the way the tissue paper wrinkles  and creates texture.

Once the surface is dry, I used Mustard, Yellow Gold and Walnut Tumble Dyes from SEI that I sprayed through Rectangular and Round Plastic Canvas. It creates the pitted metal look that I love. 

For the last layer, I thinned some of my remaining precious Golden Cobalt Teal and washed it over the entire surface to create a patina effect.

On the next episode of Drama-free Friday I'll finish the project. I'd love for you to join me! I begin at 2pm EST every Friday.

Until next time ~

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Barb Owen

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Barb Owen

Barb is the founder of How to Get Creative, author of "Normal Doesn't Live Here Anymore", a specialist at playing in the art studio and has an unhealthy addiction to smiles. ;-)

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