Here is a step by step guide to achieving the rusty effect on the Treasure chest, you can of course use this technique for any of your projects.
Once you have clued and allowed to dry, your treasure chest is ready for embellishing and painting.
If you purchased the kit you will have received nearly everything you need to complete your treasure chest. However, if you have just bought the chest, don’t despair you can make the things you need to achieve a similar effect.
First seal you mdf, either with an mdf sealer or a gesso as this will help to prevent the wood from bowing.
The pink banding in the picture is craft foam, which you can get from any hobby shop. Cut the foam into strips and glue over the lid as indicated in the picture.
Add mdf discs as indicated, if you don’t have mdf discs then cut out some from cardboard, (you could use the packing that the chest arrived in for example).
Next we added small half sticky backed pearls to indicate studs, if you don’t have these you can use your glue gun to make your own studs, (or pearl drops, or glossy accents). If you have other embellishments that you want to glue on, now is the time before we get to painting. Use a good gel medium to add resin pieces as normal glue won’t hold as well and glue from a glue gun will eventually shear off and it is too brittle when hard. I have added some resin embellishments that would have come with the kit.
Glue your octopus on to the sides of the treasure chest if you have them.
Once the pieces are dry. We used an old paintbrush preferably one with fairly stiff bristles. We painted on texture paste in lines to indicate a wood effect. Keep adding texture paste until you get the desired effect. Do all sides and the lid. You could of course do this process first before adding your other embellishments but we find that it is harder to stick things on if there is too much texture on the surface.
To get the deeper lines we have just used the back of the paint brush to scrape in some lines to indicate planks.
When the texture paste is dry its time to paint.
We have used Rusty Patina by imagination crafts – Rustique (available on our website). However, you can use any acrylic paint instead. Base paint with a dark brown and then dry brush in places with a black acrylic for a more rustic and aged look. If you are using acrylic paint add some sand or something with a little texture.
Next we used Rusty Patina – Duck Egg and Verdigris in small amounts around the studs and the embellishments. If you don’t have these products you can use similar colours in acrylic to achieve a similar effect. Once you have dabbed your paints on, we added a spray of water to get the run effect.
Lastly, once everything is dry, we have used a metallic gold wax to highlight all the top edges
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