The paints are super-thick and you can use them to create a textured, weathered effect. I was eager to try them out.
I just needed a project and that’s when things got….complicated.
So I ask you to bear with me as this project goes in a lot of directions.
I landed on the idea for a little silverwear caddy but since I always want to do everything RIGHT NOW and stores were closed (4th of July) I decided to make my own.
I’m not actually recommending you make your own – there are plenty of them available to purchase – but just to be thorough – here is how I made mine.
- 2 front panels 4″ high by 10″ long
- 2 side panels 4″ high by 6″ long
- Center divider 10″ long, 7″ high with a handle I cut out with a jigsaw
- Divider panels 4″ high by 2.5 wide.
- bottom panel cut to size (not shown….I may have forgotten about that little detail until the last minute…..)
Ok, NOW it’s time to talk painting (which you may recall was the actual point of this whole endeavor)
The paint is thick, fun to work with and easy to use. I wanted to use two colors to create that, aged, layered, crumbly effect and I started off with the blue
Again, I just kind of played around with it, smooshing and splotching until I got a look I liked.
THEN I decided I wanted to see how all that fun texture would work if I tried to add some graphics.
and headed into my go-to image transfer technique using polycrilic.
DISCLAIMER: I had to photograph all this early in the morning which led to a lot of artsy shadows so please forgive the “film noir” effect.…..Although it does add a certain drama to the whole thing and I came to think of it as “Patsy’s BBQ! – you know, where the murders happened!”
(I seem to be having some serious problems with the whole backwards thing lately. So, while one does want to PRINT the image in reverse one does not actually have to photograph said image upside down to add to the confusion. My apologies.)
This technique works so well – a bit too well actually – I actually wanted a bit more distress so when I moved over to do the other images I added some cracks to the actual graphic, used a bit less poly and rubbed a bit less aggressively. That gave me the perfect look.
The only downside?
Now I’m hungry for BBQ and, of course, I can’t go to Patsy’s…..partly due to the fact that it doesn’t exist but more importantly because they never managed to get the blood stains off the floor. So unappetizing.
Disclaimer: Plaid Enterprises provided me with the paint and brushes for this project as part of their Plaid Ambassador program. The idea for the project and all opinions are totally my own. I received no other compensation.