Artist Ali Kay of Positive Space is an incredible artist based out of Chattanooga, TN. We love seeing all her projects and have featured her work on our Modern Mastery series. We recently shared one of her Metal Effects decor accent projects for her own home on our Facebook fan page and our fans went crazy! She’s graciously agreed to share her Patina & Pattern on Letters How-to Recipe for us – so get your brushes ready for a seriously easy, fast and pretty tutorial!
STEP ONE. Find your favorite letters at any home improvement retailer, home design store, hobby store, vintage shop, smaller retail design stores and flea markets to name a few. You can do this process on surfaces such as wood, metal, plastic, paper, and more – just be sure to prime them properly for their individual surfaces and then start our process as indicated below.
STEP TWO. Prime each letter with Metal Effects Primer. This primer is specifically formulated to protect your base surface from the oxidizing patinas we’ll be using later.
STEP THREE. Once the Metal Effects Primer dries, use your favorite stencil to trowel textured plaster through it to create a beautiful raised pattern effect. Ali used used the Florentine Damask Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio and our Suede Metallic Plaster.
STEP FOUR. Once the textured pattern were fully dry, Ali based the letters with Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint to provide an even colored surface. She then followed that with a coat of Copper Reactive Metallic Paint to prepare for the patina, leaving some areas with the Blackened Bronze peeking through. Ali used the two separate colors for added interest but you could also just use the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint by itself using two full coats.
STEP FIVE. While the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint is still wet, spray the Green Patina Aging Solution randomly. The letters will activate over the next few hours and you are done. Notice that Ali’s letters have both the Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint and Copper Reactive Metallic Paint peeking through the patina for a good amount of color variation and interest.
Aren’t the results SO COOL?! Many thanks to Ali for sharing her process with us! Please be sure to become a fan of her Positive Space by Ali Kay Facebook fan page to keep up with all her artistic projects. If you love this tutorial, be sure to pin it so that you can try it on your own. Have an inspired day filled with paint, patina and pattern!