I have long been obsessed with words as home accessories.
In the midst of redecorating my own dining room, I have been searching for old vintage sign letters to spell out something meaningful ( I figured the word would reveal itself through whatever letters I would find.)
Not being able to find any that were at all right or that could spell anything I liked, I decided to just make my own.
I've seen some tutorials on the intertubes about doing this, however, with all due respect, I think they could have pushed the idea a little further and achieved even more authenticity by using the technique that I'm going to share with you here.
For this project you will need :
* Papier Mache letters of your choice (mine are from Hobby Lobby)
* Magic Metallic "Steel Metallic" and "Rapid Rust"
*Any patina colored latex paint (blue, teal, aqua, robin's egg, etc.)
*Denatured Alcohol (also VERY important)
*Sheet of styrene, or a poster board to use as a work surface.
Begin by spraying your letters with the Krylon Silver Foil spray paint. This will act as a basecoat. Let dry completely.
Now, depending on how rusty you want your letters to be, brush, sponge and dab on the Steel Metallic paint here and there but not everywhere. Let some of the silver show through. The steel paint has metal filings in it, which will add some authentic texture. Before this paint dries, squirt or spray on the Rapid Rust. Use alot of the Rapid Rust, don't be stingy. Also, apply more to some letters than others, you do not want them to be completely uniform.
You really cannot mess up this step. Flip the letters over so that they are now upside down on your work surface. For some reason, having the steel paint and the rapid rust smooshed together onto a surface really breaks up any brush marks or sponge marks and just makes the chemical reaction look real. Let the letters sit for 30 minutes or so upside down and then flip over and let air dry.
Now, you should have a very good rusty looking letter. But we're not done yet!
Here comes the magic part.
This photo shows the silver beginning to separate.
I wanted my letters to be quite silver so I added a lot, however these letters look really cool just rusted too. (In which case, I would use Copper as a basecoat, instead of silver.)
Now you can add a little patina blue or green here and there by dabbing it on and then spritzing with denatured alcohol. I like the edges of my letters to be a bit different from the fronts, so I mainly focus on those areas for the patina.
A completed letter!
I guess you have figured out the words I chose: BE STILL.
BE STILL...and know that I am God...
BE STILL...my beating heart...
BE STILL...you crazy kids are driving me bonkers!
BE STILL...and stop worrying!
Here they are hanging in the dining room!