Let’s Color! Paints & Pastes
It’s only appropriate that this issue’s coloring column is inspired by autumn. Natural aging effects, rustic textures and colorful leaves are the influences for the following techniques using chalk paints and pastes.
White cardstock 2 contrasting colors of chalk paint (dark and light) Neutral wax Paintbrush 150-grit sandpaper Lint-free cloth
Painted Paper—Classic Vintage
Layered and distressed paints create a natural aging effect that adds charm and character to any project. Recreate the look on paper with this classic vintage technique using chalk paints and neutral wax.
With a brush, apply dark chalk paint to entire surface of cardstock. Let dry completely (Photo 1).
With a stiff brush, apply neutral wax randomly to painted cardstock (Photo 2). Remove excess wax with a clean cloth.
Using a brush, apply light chalk paint to entire surface. Do not worry about streakiness or visible brushstrokes (Photo 3). Let dry completely.
Gently sand entire painted surface. Paint applied over waxed areas will remove easily to create a distressed look. Eliminate dust with a clean cloth (Photo 4).
Sand paste Chalk paint Palette knife Palette or mixing tray Paintbrush Additional colors of chalk paint (optional)
Painted Paste—Tinted Texture
The rustic textures of nature can be reproduced by combining pastes and paints. One of my favorite mediums is sand paste. The light color allows great tinting with paints while the sand creates delightful texture.
Place sand paste onto paint palette or mixing tray.
Using a 1:5 ratio of chalk paint to paste, add chalk paint to sand paste and mix thoroughly. Use less paint for a lighter tint and more paint for a deeper shade (Photo 5).
Using a brush or palette knife, apply colored sand paste to chosen surface. Create texture as desired by smoothing or carving into paste. Let dry completely (Photo 6).
Step 4: (Optional)
If suitable, add more visual interest by dry brushing darker or lighter paint onto surface of colored sand paste (Photo 7).