The two pastes should be applied to the painted surface randomly, building up varying degrees of texture. Don’t be too precise about applying the paste and leave some areas of the basecoat showing through. While this is drying, use a thin artist’s brush to apply a little well-diluted yellow ochre acrylic paint in small random patches across the surface. When dry, gendy pour water over the whole surface, to expose some of the layers beneath.
Sprinkle some whiting or powder over the damp surface, pressing it into the surface and into any mouldings. When almost dry, use a cloth to rub off some of the powder so that the layers underneath show. The finished result should look like the patinated metal it is imitating. When dry, seal with diluted PVA. For a really hard-wearing surface, apply a matt polyurethane varnish. Creating a look of rusted metal can be achieved in a similar way, using brown and red paints.
1A few small patches of yellow ochre are dabbed across the table’s finished paintwork using a thin artist’s brush.
2 Gently pour water over the surface of the table to expose some of the under layers of paint
3 Sprinkle whiting powder over the damp surface of the table and press onto the surface and into the mouldings.
4 When almost dry, use an old cloth to rub off some of the whiting powder. When dry, seal with diluted PVA.
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