A Painting Journey

It began long ago when I was a child, with my parents encouragement I began expressing myself through art by painting, drawing and even sculpting with clay.  My love of art grew with the help of teachers along the way.  I now teach and have my own company with my husband, Mike.  Through teaching at Great Walls Supply and The Couture Collection! I have found my passion for creative expression.

At a Great Walls we have been teaching decorative artists designer wall finishes.  At The Couture Collection! we teach painted furniture and cabinet techniques.  I want to share my love of painting with you!

I had this armoire for about 15 years and she needs an update.  I will use these Paint Couture! Colors: Abundance, Angelic & Dream.  I want to add a little texture to make this piece looked European and aged.  For this I will use Couture Embossing Medium and Glaze Couture!  Let’s get started!

  Remove the hardware.  Put the screws and washers back on the pulls and label which drawer they call home.

   Clean the piece using diluted Simple Green and scrub with terry towel.  No sanding or priming is necessary with Paint Couture! but cleaning is very important for good paint adhesion!  You will be amazed at how dirty your towel will be.  Let it dry and you are ready to paint.

 I plan out my colors.  In my studio all our colors are painted on cabinet doors and displayed on our wall for all to see.  I use small pieces of molding and wood to play with other color combinations, here I mixed Angelic and Dream together to make a soft blue grey, very European looking.  I will use Abundance Paint Couture! as my base paint.  I plan to layer colors.

 Apply Abundance with a good quality brush, I like Zibra brushes.  I am using a Zibra 2″ Sash Brush, great for acrylic paints!  Paint Couture! is a 100% acrylic paint and very durable.  It goes on smooth and dries flat with no brush marks.  It is more durable than a chalk type paint and easy to use!

Wet Abundance Paint Couture!

Wet Abundance Paint Couture!

  Dry to the touch in about an hour.  Because I will be distressing this piece I can now go on to the next step.  If I am just painting and glazing I wait 24 hours between coats.

Mix 16 oz Embossing Medium with 3 tablespoons Abundance Paint Couture!

Mix 16 oz Embossing Medium with 3 tablespoons Abundance Paint Couture!

Use a Behr Trowel or a plastic Bondo applicator to apply the tinted Embossing Medium
Use a Behr Trowel to apply the tinted Embossing Medium

Now apply the colored Embossing Medium with the Behr Trowel.

Now apply the colored Embossing Medium with the Behr Trowel.

To add more depth now apply the tinted Embossing Medium with a Sea Sponge.  This will create more texture build up that will look very natural!
To add more depth now apply the tinted Embossing Medium with a Sea Sponge. This will create more texture build up that will look very natural!
Apply tinted Embossing Medium with Sea Sponge by pouncing on the surface.  Do not get thick, move the product around so you have some light texture.
Apply tinted Embossing Medium with Sea Sponge by pouncing on the surface. Do not get thick, move the product around so you have some light texture.
Drawer shown with texture from Embossing Medium
Drawer shown with texture from Embossing Medium
When the Embossing Medium has dried, mix Angelic and Dream Paint Couture! in a 1 to 1 ratio.
When the Embossing Medium has dried, mix Angelic and Dream Paint Couture! in a 1 to 1 ratio.
I dipped my paint brush in water, then into the paint and spread the mixture across the drawer.  I added more water to make this a Color Wash.  A Color Wash is thin and you can see through it to the base color.
I dipped my paint brush in water, then into the paint and spread the mixture across the drawer. I added more water to make this a Color Wash.  A Color Wash is thin and you can see through it to the base color.
I put the drawer back to see if I liked the progress!
I put the drawer back to see if I liked the progress!

Continued…

Next post will be about Distressing Painted Furniture and Glazing.

Thanks for stopping by…Happy Painting – Micki

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