A few weeks ago, we shared an INCREDIBLE hanging wall art and floor project with Metal Effects by one of our creative customers, Jennifer Gibson. Well, it created a firestorm as our fans and readers absolutely loved the project and wanted to know more about how to create it. If you want a refresh visual, here’s the beautiful results:
We reached back out to Ms. Gibson and not only did she graciously agree to share her how-to, she recreated the wood wall art to accompany the steps for you. (Thank you again!) Are you ready? Here we go!
Small Pan with Roller
Small and Travel Size Spray and Squeeze Bottles
One Zebra Muse (optional)
My inspiration for this look was a turquoise gem and I have several pieces that I could reference from. I would recommend reading and following all the instructions on the Metal Effects paints and activators.
Begin with a clean smooth plywood board. Apply first coat of Metal Effects Primer and let dry. Apply second coat.
Paint large random splotchy sections of Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and let dry 30 minutes. You can see two examples above of how random they are along with starting some of “crack” lines. Don’t worry about making it all perfect because nature doesn’t make perfect turquoise gem rocks!
Once dry, you can start with the second layer of each Reactive Metallic Paint over the first layer. Make sure you have the blue and green activators handy in the spray bottles because they have to be applied while the second layer of paint is still wet. I used the spray activators in different areas all over the board. As an added bonus, I also sprayed hydrogen peroxide on the piece and used spray water to help spray it around. It helped create some of the tone variations. As it dries, you should be able to start visualizing where to put the final lines for the “cracks” as the patina starts to oxidate.
Once all was dry, I could clearly see the areas I wanted to outline as the cracks. I used the Iron Reactive Paint in a squeeze bottle and slowly drew my lines. Again, don’t worry about perfection, just enjoy the process!
Once the rust paint lines dry thoroughly, spray the lines with rust activator in a spray bottle. You can see the rust oxidizing process above.
Once all the patinas are fully dry, you can seal the oxidizing process on your hanging wall art with the Permacoat Xtreme Topcoat. The first layer of Permacoat Xtreme is diluted 50:50 with water. Paint and then let dry. The second layer is added on full strength. Let dry and voila!
What do you think of the results? Jennifer shares that Zsa Zsa the zebra was a tremendous help throughout the process and served as the perfect muse. 🙂 Many thanks, Jennifer, for the additional project pics and process!
On our end, we would rate this finish as more of an advanced DIY project so we do recommend becoming thoroughly familiar with the Metal Effects line and the various oxidizing techniques. Creating a sample board from start to finish will ensure the the final look are the results you are going for. Most of all, have fun! We hope you’ve enjoyed the wall art project and turquoise gem finish. Enjoy!
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