Saturday 19 March 2011

Distressed Wall Effect Tutorial

Here is the first of the weekend tutorials, if you would like a pdf version you can find it in the tutorials section of this blog located on the tabs at the top of this page.
This is a simple technique that can be used as a background or it can be used in altered art to give an aged and weathered wall effect.
The next tutorial which will be posted later will show how to turn this into a Faux Salt Glaze background.
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Distressed Wall Effect
Materials used
    Any Substrate of your choice.
    Americana Acrylic Paint
    Isoclene or Rubbing Alcohol
    Sponge
    Mini Mister
1. Choose your acrylic base colours.The colours used here are Americana Copper, Burnt Orange and Deep Burgundy.

2. Load colours randomly onto a flat brush and cover the substrate without over blending them.Try to avoid colours that muddy.

3. Fill a Mini Mister with Isoclene or Surgical Spirit.

4. Now choose your top coat colours, I have used Americana True Blue and Light Buttermilk.
Repeat step 2.

5. Whilst paint is still wet spray the surface with the Isoclene solution and allow to dry for approximately 5 minutes.

6. Take a sponge and gently start wiping the surface revealing some of the colour beneath. Keep doing this until you get your desired effect.

Distressed Wall Effect
7. Please Note: Decoart Americana Acrylics have been used for this tutorial, if you are using a different manufacturer then drying times and reaction to the alcohol may differ.

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  1. Fab effect Andy !! Thanks for the info !

  2. Andy, Blending Solition is not safe for spraying. It has a resin in it which is harmful when inhaled. Pure Alcohol or Rubbing Alcohol (both available from the Pharmacy) is safe.

    Just thought you should know
    Ranger Certified Educator

  3. Hello Andy,

    i would say the same as Judi that blending alcohol is not safe...

    I must admit the effect you created is really nice ! I really like these weathered backgrounds.
    But I will try the rubbing alcohol and hopefully this has the same effect.

    greetings from belgium

  4. I have changed the instructions touse Isoclene or surgical spirit. Thanks for the information.

  5. I am confused about whether you let the bottom coat dry before applying the top coat...

  6. Sue from Outcasts Workshop27 November 2012 at 05:23

    You have some great ideas Andy.

  7. Great. I have searching for a tutorial for this for literally YEARS. thank You Andy !!!!!


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