Faux Metallic Quote5:00:00 AM
I originally shared this project over at My Favorite Finds, but I felt that you all would love to see it here, too. I have notice that anything metallic has been very trendy lately. Are you all about the metal look, or is all the gold and silver just a little too much for you? If you're a little hesitant to jump on something all gold or glittery, maybe you should go a little darker with a faux patinated copper finish. This is a nice, neutral color that will go with any decor, but will also have a little bit of glitter, a little bit of shine!! This finish is very simple to replicate--all you need is paint and something to
I love how this faux metallic sign turned out. The funny thing was that this project started as a craft fail! I wanted to create a custom sign for my friend. I selected a quote from the Bible "Behold, I am making all things new." My friend that I gave this too has had a rough couple of years, but in the last few months, they have been blessed with a home that they have are making over from top to bottom. So this quote applies to the family that they have, her life, and her home! I wanted this to be a super special housewarming project for her.
I created my stencil with clear contact paper cut by my Silhouette Portrait, but you could do this process with any text. I painted a canvas with a cream color (this color will be the color of the text, so plan accordingly. I then applied the text.
After I made sure that the contact paper was down with as few bubbles as possible, I painted over the whole canvas with the same cream color. This seals the letters and makes sure there is minimal seepage under the letters. I thought I was going to make this into a simple project by just spray painting the whole thing gray. However, it was a craft fail. It looks okay in this picture, but I ran out of spray paint so I couldn't get good coverage. The spray paint had a sheen that I didn't like. And I realized that it simply wasn't going to go with my friend's decor.
So I did what any good crafter would do...I kept going, but in a different direction: I decided to attempt the copper patina. Basically, I wanted a look that was metallic, but not too bright. I took some chocolate brown, gold, and copper paint and squirted them on the canvas randomly.
I then swirled the paint around on the canvas. I wanted the paint to be mostly blended, but not completely blended. The combination of the gray undercoat and the browns and metallics was a wonderful coppery color!
Once the paint was dry, I carefully removed the contact paper to reveal the cream. And that's it! A craft fail turned to a craft success!