You only want to make enough for your project. It is one part Gesso and one part water. We suggest straining this with cheese cloth.
Apply Your Gesso
Apply with an Artist Brush or Sponge Brush. Keep moving the brush around and load it up over the whole piece. Let it dry for 30 minutes. After it has dried, lightly sand with 220 grit sandpaper. Be sure to dust it after you sand. You want to do another coat if you want it that much more chippy.
Mix Your Milk Paints
Amy mixed 2 parts Amalfi Coast and 1 part Noir Milk Paint. Add your water - 1 part water and 1 part Milk Paint. Do not make this too thick! Continue agitating the paint and mixing as you are painting.
Paint With Your Milk Paint
Cover the entire piece with your Milk Paint mixture.
Apply your Antiquing Glaze with a sea sponge to your piece. Let it dry completely!
Time To Gild
Use Frankly Scarlet One Step Paint and roll it on to your piece with an artist brush to add detail. Then take your Gilding Size and dip your brush in, offload, and roll it on to your piece. Let your size come to tack. Lay your gold leaf down and burnish it. The more you burnish it the prettier your leaf will be! Burnish it by rubbing it with your hands. Take a chip brush and rub off the gold leaf. Take some steel wool to your piece to blend everything together.
Let your piece dry completely. Apply your Light Wax, Dark Wax, and Dust of Ages.
What is glazing and how can I use it on my furniture? Watch Amy's video and follow the steps below to learn about this technique. Glazing is so great because you get a beautiful finish and you don't need to seal it with wax!
Start By Painting Your Board With The One Step Paint Of Your Choice
Mix Your Glaze
One part Glazed Over, One part Paint, One part Water
Use a sponge brush to apply your glaze to a small section of your furniture
Bunch up a lint-free rag and pat your glaze
To Add Something Extra - Apply A Mesh Stencil To Your Finish
We used the A Makers' Studio Motif Stencil
We used Gold ChalkArt to take it to the next level
Amy showed you a number of color options in this video - check them out below!
Italian Silver With Palace Gray Glaze
Vintage Affliction With Kensington Black Gel Stain
Shaw Red With Kensington Black Gel Stain
Bauhaus Buff With Ambala Blue Glaze
English Boxwood With A Glaze Made Of More English Boxwood, Glazed Over, and a Tablespoon of Kensington Black Gel Stain
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Mix three parts Easy Street, one part Vintage Affliction, and one part Brooks Grey One Step Paint.
Step 2: Paint Your Surface
Using your custom color and a high density paint roller to paint your surface. Allow it to dry 20-30 minutes.
Step 3: Make Your Glaze
Remember your ratios for a glaze - one part glaze, one part water, one part paint. For this glaze we are going to mix one part Glazed Over, one part water, one part of our paint we mixed in the first step but we will also add a little Lady Singing The Blue Ones Step Paint and Black One Step Paint. We wanted to have a bit of a darker color for this glaze.
Step 4: Paint Your Glaze On
Paint your glaze on using a sponge brush or a roller. Apply it in all different motions - circular, organic squiggles, etc. Work in sections so you have complete control over your areas - you want to work fairly quickly so it does not dry. After applying your glaze to a section, bunch up a lint-free rag and pounce it on to the section. We don't want it to be too crunchy or to look like leather. Allow your glaze to dry.
Step 5: Lay Your Stencil Down + Mix Your Gel Art Inks
Lay your stencil down on your piece and press it down so that it sticks. These stencils are great because they will hold in place on your surface and then you can easily remove it. Wash your stencils in water, let them dry, and use it over and over!
Time to mix your Gel Art Ink - mix Metallic Gold, Metallic Silver, and Hush Your Mouth Gel Art Ink.
Step 6: Apply Your Gel Art Ink To Your Stencil
Apply your mixture in sections to your stencil using an artist brush.
Mix more blue into your other mixture and apply is here and there.
Use a ChalkArt spreader to start blending your inks around.
Add some Metallic Silver Ink and work that around the stencil.
Keep adding more gold and silver and blending until your stencil is covered.
Step 7: Remove Your Stencil
Remove your stencil and see your gorgeous design! Be sure to wash your stencil as soon as you can.
Take your spray bottle with the adjustable nozzle and face it up and away from your piece of glass. Pull your trigger so that the water goes up into the air and lands on your piece of glass. Move the bottle around using various pressures as you squeeze the trigger and create droplets.
Step 2: Lacquer Time
Shake your Lacquer for 2-3 minutes and then work in horizontal passes over your droplets. Turn your piece and do another pass horizontally over the piece.
Step 3: Pat with a lint-free rag
Using a lint-free rag or non-textured paper towel pat your glass to create open areas from the droplets.
Step 4: Mixing your Mica Powder
Mix the Mica Powder color of your choice with Glazed Over. You want the consistency to be similar to paint. Using a sponge brush, paint the Mica Powder mixture over the open areas. Then fill in the whole piece with the Mica Powder mixture.
Step 5: Seal The Back
After your Mica Powder mixture dries, seal the back with another coat of Lacquer.
Mix your Venetian Plaster with warm water, you want your consistency to be similar to a thick sour cream. Apply your Venetian Plaster to your metal trough and spread it on to your burlap. Completely cover your burlap and let it dry overnight.
Step 3: Apply Your Milk Paint
Mix up your Milk Paint, it's best to mix this the night before! Brush your Milk Paint on to your burlap, work fast because the plaster will be sucking up the Milk Paint. Apply it the Milk Paint in vertical motions to your burlap. Let it dry.
Step 4: Sand and Stencil
Sand your burlap a little so you can see the texture coming through. Take your favorite A Makers' Studio Stencil and ChalkArt Color. Apply the Mesh Stencil and ChalkArt to your burlap. Create all kinds of fun designs based on what you want to use your burlap piece for!
Step 5: Distress
Roll up your piece of burlap to distress it. We want piece to crack off so squeeze your burlap as you roll it!
Start this finish with a coat of Vintage Affliction One Step Paint. You can use One Step Paint over previously painted pieces! Apply a thin coat and let it dry for 20 minutes.
Step 2: Cracked Patina
Take your Cracked Patina in a small cup and use a sponge brush to apply a thin coat. Be sure to go in long, clean strokes as you apply it. If it starts to fish eye, keep brushing it. We do not want any holidays!
Step 3: Mix it up!
Mix a bit of Tick Tock One Step Paint with Vintage Affliction One Step Paint. View the photos below to see the color we are going for. When using Cracked Patina we want to create a lighter and darker layer.
Step 4: Paint on your lighter shade
Quickly paint on your mixture of Vintage Affliction and Tick Tock! You want to do this quickly because it will start cracking.
Step 5: Lift The Paint
Use the base of your hands to start lifting the paint! Make sure you don't wait too long because you don't want it to completely dry before lifting. Now you can see the gorgeous darker color peeking through. Let it dry about 30 minutes when you are happy with how it looks.
Step 6: Sand Your Piece
Sand your piece going with the grain to soften the rough texture.
Step 7: Add A Milk Paint Layer
Mix up Amalfi Coast Milk Paint - using the ratio one part Milk Paint to one part water. Mixing this the night before is ideal and storing it in the fridge. Apply your Milk Paint with a sponge brush, completely covering the piece. Let it dry!
Step 8: Antique Your Piece
Take your Antiquing Glaze and a sea sponge, it's time to antique your piece! Dip your sponge into the glaze and do a pass over your piece. This softens the paint and helps lift it. Next, take a lint free rag and lift some of the paint by pouncing your rag. Let it dry.
Step 9: Add Gel Stain
Take your Kensington Black Gel Stain and thin it down just a little bit with water. Use your Kensington Black Gel Stain on top of your piece, applying a thin coat. Take a lint-free rag and pounce the stain so your paint is showing through. Go around the edges of your piece with the glaze to create a Halo. Let it dry.
Step 10: Time To Seal
You can leave this finish as is, because the Gel Stain protects the finish. However, I like to finish with Matte Sealer for a beautiful matte finish. I also added a little Light Wax for a little sheen, let it dry for 20 minutes, and buffed it.
Step 1: Use a paint roller to apply Easy Street One Step Paint. Apply two thin coats and let it dry.
Step 2: Create Your Glaze
Take Bauhaus Buff One Step Paint, Glazed Over, and Water. Mix one third of Bauhaus Buff One Step Paint, one third Glazed Over, and one third water. This will be your scumble, the scumble is the white area in the marble that makes it look like stone!
Step 3: Apply Your Scumble
Take a sea sponge - dip it in water, rinse it out, then dip it in your glaze. Start applying your glaze in a hit drag motion creating organic patterns all over your surface. Constantly move your sponge around and leave open areas - no snakey patterns! Take a lint-free rag and spread your glaze on the outside of your patterns. Keep repeating this small section by small section - working from upper left to lower right.
Step 4: Make and Apply Your Black Glaze
Take Black One Step Paint, Glazed Over, and Water - use one part of each to create a glaze. Using a sponge brush - completely cover your surface. Apply it organically in X motions, not in lines. Work quickly so it doesn't dry!
Next, use a very fancy tool - a garbage bag! Pounce the garbage bag all over your surface and watch how your finish transforms. Be sure to use different areas of the garbage bag so that it remains a negative tool and not a positive tool. Let it dry!
Step 5: White Veining
Take your Scumble Glaze and cut it in half then add 2-3 parts water. We want a very thin glaze for our veining. Take your turkey feather and load it up with your glaze, be sure to offload. Start in the upper left working towards your lower right.
Lay the turkey feather down, move it up, and work it so that you are only using the tip now.
Continue, moving your feather, picking it up, and moving it down. Create various organic patterns with the feather. Move your wrist more than anything else.
Be sure to add in a vein going in the opposite way. This will add to your composition. Pat some of your veins with a lint-free rag so they are lighter. Let it dry!
Step 5: Over glaze
Take your Black Glaze and thin it out with water. You want to add another part of water. Completely cover your surface, then take a lint-free rag, make a pad with it, and pat your glaze. This sets your veins back so they are not too stark.
Step 6: Seal
It's your choice on how you want to seal your marble. We recommend Bright Idea Lacquer for a high sheen finish - use about three coats. For a completely Matte finish, use our Matte Sealer.
Dark kitchens are so trendy right now! Use our Good Man is Hard to Find One Step Paint to transform your kitchen. This shade is a beautiful deep gray that can be transformed with our various waxes. Watch as Amy and Gene show you how to paint your cabinets and how Cerusing Wax transforms the color.
1. Start with Clean Slate. This will remove all the oil and residue from your cabinets that will prevent the paint from adhering.
2. After the Clean Slate has dried, it's time to paint! Start by removing any hardware. When working on cabinets, start painting on the raised panel. Apply one thin coat, you may not get full coverage on the first coat. That is okay! This paint is called One Step because there is no sanding, stripping, or priming - but you may need more than one coat.
3. Continue by finishing around the edges of your cabinet. Give the paint about an hour to dry. Then work on your second thin coat!
4. Your piece should have full coverage and a gorgeous matte look after it has dried! Keep following to give your cabinets a new look with Cerusing Wax. It will go from a matte look to a specialty furniture finish!
5. For a farmhouse or Restoration Hardware look follow these steps...Take your Cerusing Wax with a Chip Brush - be sure to offload your brush. Then start applying a thin coat. Apply very little pressure with your brush. (Our panel has a piece of tape to show you the difference between the paint and the paint with Cerusing Wax). Let it dry for about 40 minutes. Take your steel wool and buff the piece, this will pull some of the Dark Gray out. Finish off by buffing with a lint-free rag. Enjoy the bragging Rights!
6. If you want a different look - try using our Light Wax! Apply a thin, uniform coat of Light Wax. Be sure to offload your brush! Buff with a lint-free rag one the wax has dried a bit. This will give your cabinets a nice sheen.