Well, it's officially Fall, so it's time to start posting pumpkin projects. Doesn't it seem like just yesterday it was Fall 2016? It certainly doesn't feel like Fall here in Georgia. We've been having temperatures in the 90's! I hear cooler weather is coming this week...cooler as in 80!
When I found this rust covered piece of metal, I knew just what I was going to do, even though the heat makes you think of the pool more than pumpkins!
I sketched out 3 pumpkins and started filling them in with white acrylic paint...
I used black & brown acrylics to add the detail...
The orange rust color was the perfect backdrop for white pumpkins!
Luckily, I finished the pumpkin painting just a few minutes before Irma came through as a tropical storm and knocked our power out for 3 days!
For another rusty pumpkin project...
I took this little jelly jar & painted it with the color Florida Orange from the Dixie Belle Paint Company, & glazed it with Van Dyke Brown glaze. I used Dixie Belle's Patina Collection to rust the lid, then cut a wine cork in half to use as a stem.
Then I gouged his eyes out! That sounds awful but it's kind of what happened. I used a sharp pencil and scraped the paint away to form the eyes & mouth.
Patina Collection of paints & sprays. And, I have to say, "I'm in love!"
A few weeks ago, I shared a piece of furniture that I made over using the Bronze Patina Paint with the Blue Spray...
You can see that post HERE. If you haven't seen the before, you won't believe the transformation! My favorite, however, is the Iron Paint with the Green Spray, because it creates rust. And, I love anything rusty!
I decided to add a little rust to an MDF cutout that I had of the USA. When you use the patina, you first need to paint your piece with Dixie Belle Paint. I wanted some red & blue to show along with the rust, so I used Barn Red & Bunker Hill Blue.
The patina paint has metal in it that can settle, so you need to give it a good shake before painting it on. I painted the iron paint on randomly, then sprayed the cutout with the green spray, which activates with the metal in the paint to create rust.
Now for the hard part... stepping away and letting it work it's magic! The process can take up to 6 hours to completion. If you like how it looks before the 6 hour mark and want to stop the process, you can do so by adding a sealer. I left mine alone and checked on it the next day. I love the result!
The Patina Collection also includes a Copper Patina, along with the Bronze that I shared at the beginning of this post.
My friend, Valrey, a.k.a. the Picker Chic, is my go to person when I'm on the hunt for furniture. If you need something, chances are she has it! I wasn't looking for anything specific, but stopped by just to see what she had. I was so excited to get 2 of these mid century chairs...
The original vinyl seats were in great condition. And I loved the color!
There were are few scratches on the wood and the caning on the back was faded.