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Textured & Layered Finish Using Milk Paints And Cracked Gesso

Textured & Layered Finish Using Milk Paints And Cracked Gesso

, by Gene Howard, 2 min reading time

Create a textured, layered, custom colored finish with me today! This finish will work on a piece of furniture with a factory finish or wood. I want to show you how to create custom colors with the Milk Paint, you will love it.

Here's Your List Of Products Needed

Bauhaus Buff

Milk Paint - Tuscany In The Summer, Noir, and Amalfi Coast

Pigment Powder in Loire Earth

Cracked Gesso

Antiquing Glaze

Step 1: Apply Your Base

We are going to use Bauhaus Buff One Step Paint as a base. You can paint this over a factory finish! Let this paint dry before going to the next step. 

Step 2: Your First Layer Of Your Milk Paint Custom Color

Take your Tuscany In The Summer Milk Paint and mix it with Loire Earth Pigment Powder in their dry form to get your custom color. Add water to get your Milk Paint ready - you want to mix 1 part water to 1 part paint. It will be thin!

Pounce and spread your Milk Paint onto your piece. There is no rhyme or reason for how to paint it, but you don't want a lot of bubbles. Let your paint dry. 

Step 3: Cracked Gesso

The Cracked Gesso will crack the Milk Paint. Mix one part Cracked Gesso to one part water (preferable lukewarm). I used 1/2 a cup of each, it will be the consistency of a thin sour cream. Take a chip brush, load it up, and pain the Cracked Gesso onto the piece. You want to pounce it on because that will add more texture.

Step 4: Your Second Custom Milk Paint Color

Mix 3 parts Amalfi Coast Milk Paint and 1/2 part of Noir Milk Paint. You want to mix them in their dry form and then add 1 part water to 1 part paint.

Paint your milk paint onto your piece with a chip brush. Let it dry 15-20 minutes.

 Step 5: Time To Antique!

Take your Antiquing Glaze and a sponge - do one pass of the glaze over your piece. Let it set for a few seconds. 

Now that the paint is ready to start lifting, take more glaze and pulling the paint.

If you take too much off - just take your finger, dip it in your milk paint, and re-add it to your piece.


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