Two Part Altered Wooden Box
Part One: Altering Tando Creations Industrial Elements Gears
Creating the illusion of weathered and worn metal is so much fun to do with DecoArt Media products! In just a few simple steps, you can transform the plain grey chipboard-ish surface of the Tando Creations Industrial Elements Gears into the magic of rusted “metal”.
- DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White (DMM18-71)
- DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Paint - White (DMM15-71)
- Assorted Brushes
- Baby Wipes
- Paper Towels
- Metallic Wings
- Tando Creative - Industrial Elements Set
There are many gears, cogs, wheels, etc. in this set to mix and match. Here are a few tips using various DecoArt Media products to give you some different grungy rusty weathered effects for your gears.
Prepare all of the surfaces of the Tando Creations Industrial Elements Gears that you have chosen to use by painting on a light coat of DecoArt Media Gesso or DecoArt Media Crackle Paint (depending on if you want a crackled surface or not) and let dry. This is done to give “tooth” to the surface of the elements, to provide that beginning layer of texture and provide a white base color for the most true acrylic paint colors to emerge.
Gear Number One
For this grungy rusty gear; the surface was first brushed with DecoArt Media Crackle Paint and let air dry. Then brush a thin layer of Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver over the surface and let dry. Next, add DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold over the silver to give a “rusted” appearance. Quinacridone Gold is a transparent medium that allows the color underneath to come through but adds a rich, rustic appearance. Finally, to give even more of a grungy weathered look; use your finger and gently rub DecoArt Media Carbon Black around some of the edges of the gear’s exterior and interior openings. Rub the black down into the cracks and then wipe away the excess with a paper towel or a fairly dry baby wipe. The black that is left behind adds a lot of definition and an aged appearance.
Continuing on using the same gear, I love to add a patina finish to my “metal” pieces. I first added a little bit of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff using my finger to randomly add the light beige touches to the rusty surface of the gear. While the Titan Buff is still wet, add touches of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue with your finger over the Titan Buff. This gives a calcified and patina look at the same time. I love the color, the texture and the depth this step adds.
Gear Number Two
For this Tando Industrial Gear example, I glued the circle “bolts” on top of the circle base using DecoArt Liquid Glass. Then I randomly added splotches of the Liquid Glass on the surface of the gear and bolts, letting it run and create an irregular surface. Once dry, I painted over the surface with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Oxide and let it dry.
Next I added a lighter coat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff to lighten and highlight the raised areas of the gear.
To provide that weathered grungy look, I went dark by first using my finger to add light touches of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber followed by even darker touches of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey predominantly around the edges.
Now to add the magic of rust that DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold provides! I added touches of Quinacridone Gold using my finger and wiping away any excess “rust”. I love how the Quinacridone Gold warms up the piece and adds depth and that wonderful rusty hue.
Again I added the calcified patina look to this gear using the technique described in the first gear: random touches of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff followed by touches of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue.
Gear Number 3
This gear began as the others with a basecoat of DecoArt Media Crackle Paint. I glued two circular gears together and added the smaller bolt pieces using DecoArt Liquid Glass. Once dry, I painted the larger circular gear with a basecoat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Oxide and the small gear and bolts with a basecoat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold. I rubbed the Quinacridone Gold into the cracks on the larger gear and wiped away the excess to expose the cracks but to have the goldish yellow color as the dominant color of the gear. Then using my finger, I added touches of Quinacridone Gold around the edges of the gear to add dimension, depth and age.
Next to give a deeper, more aged appearance, I added touches of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black sparingly on some of the edges of both gears and bolts. This really defines the shape of the gears and draws the eye inward.
Again I added the patina effect except this time, I experimented with using DecoArt Media White Gesso instead of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff. Using a small brush, I randomly added the Gesso around the perimeter of the gears, much as you would expect a calcified patina to do. Then using my finger, I added light touches of first the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Blue Green Light followed by the lighter DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue. This gave an even richer, more variegated patina look on the “rusty” surface.
Gear Number 4
For this effect, I first painted the BARE gear with DecoArt Media Matte Medium INSTEAD OF the pictured DecoArt Crackle Paint. I added touches of Matte Medium with my finger to create peaks and valleys on the chipboard gear, rather than a crackle effect. I let that air dry and added another layer of peaks and valleys and let that air dry.
Next, I painted a basecoat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black over the surface of the gear and let dry. Then I added touches of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Sienna over the black to create a new basecolor to work with. I added touches of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black around the perimeter and then gave the calcified patina look as done on the first two gears: with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff followed by DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue.
Altering Silver Wings (or any metal pieces)
Here is a simple way to transform silver metallic wings into another metal color and texture using DecoArt Media products.
Begin with silver metallic wings. (This technique can be used on any metal piece but here, I am using silver metallic wings).
Give them a basecoat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff and let air dry or gently heat set. If you heat set, let the metal cool before you attempt to pick up the metal wings!
Working from lighter to darker hues, use your finger to apply the next layer of color. This color will be DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Oxide. This color will warm up the Titan Buff and give more of a soft golden tone to the wings without using a Metallic Gold paint.
Next in the layering of color, I added DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Diarylide Yellow over the Yellow Oxide to brighten up the wings and give them more of a “golden” appearance without using a metallic gold paint. Again, let air dry or gently heat set.
Next in keeping with the patina theme on the other “metal” gears, I added touches of just DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue using my finger to lightly swipe over some of the raised areas of the wings and also randomly around the edges of the wings.
Finally, I added just a touch of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey randomly on the outside edges of the wings to better define them and pull all the colors inward.
The Basic Layout Of The Gears On The Box Lid
Here is the basic layout of the gears on the box lid before I started doing much to the surface of the box. As you will see in the Altered Box Tutorial (coming later this week), this is not the finished design but it will give you an idea of how it began.