A while back on Facebook, I posted this beautiful art trio by Uttermost. I just love the colors and design, but the price tag was upwards of $500 and just not in my budget. I’m still product testing for Fusion™ and wanted to check out the pearl Modelling Paste, but just wasn’t sure what I was going to use it on. I was going through the pics on my iPad and happened to come across the trio and of course, my wheels started turning! Now, I will say I was really excited about this project and did not take many pictures. The quality of the ones that I did manage to take kinda stink. They’re good enough to get the gist though.
I happened to have a piece of 12×24 scrap wood that was the perfect size for this project. Aside from a light sanding, I didn’t prep it at all. I applied a base coat of Fusion™ Renfrew to the entire piece. While wet, I also applied a few other colors just to break up the background so it wasn’t a solid color. I grabbed this Fusion™ Damask stencil since it was similar to the look I was going for. I opted to apply the Modelling Paste with an eyelash roller just to give it some texture. I knew I’d be glazing so I definitely wanted some nice grooves for the glaze to settle into. PS, did I mention this product dries translucent? Aside from the tints that I added, it’s completely clear!
There’s absolutely nothing pretty about the next part. I added the Fusion™ Modelling Paste to my tray along with some gold metallic tint. I also added some bronze to give it a bit more depth. I didn’t fuss with mixing it too thoroughly only because I kinda wanted it uneven looking. (That’s me trying to embrace imperfection)
I loaded the roller….
Got got my stencil placed where I wanted it and started rolling. Now, a word of caution. If you’re not used to stenciling, I would suggest using Frog Tape or 3M to secure the stencil. The Modelling Paste is thick and if you’re not careful, it will lift the stencil as you’re applying. This can happen with any medium including paint, but with this particular roller and texture, it’s much more likely.
Once I was happy with the coverage, I removed the stencil and gave it a quick rinse with warm water. If you have a few areas a bleed through, and you will, don’t fret! Grab a paint brush, I like to use one with stuff bristles and a flat head, moisten lightly with water and then work out the bleeds.
This is an in-the-process-of-drying pic. The areas that are dry are very gold. The areas that are still wet as seen in the upper left hand portion of the pic are lighter and more creamy looking.
Once the piece is totally dry, for me this was a few hours, you can go ahead and apply a glaze. I used the apply/wipe away method which worked well and gave the piece just the right amount of depth. Since this is hanging on my wall, I chose not to top coat it, but you certainly can.
I <3 how easy the Fusion™ Modelling Paste was to work with and can’t wait to get started on the real trio. For now it’s hanging by my front door. I may actually add a few mini, decorative clothespins and clip some of my Nanny’s old photos to it. I’d love to hear your thoughts and of course, if you have any questions about the process or products, please feel free to ask.
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