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Lampshade Updo Redo

Lampshade on lamp

A simple redo  for a tired, generic lamp shade to make it contemporary and unique!

MATERIALS:

Paint: Art Noise Permanent Acrylic Gouache (Lemon Butter)
Brush:Flat 2″ nylon brush (fine hairs will not leave stroke lines)

Lamp shade: Shades covered in a light weave and colour fabric work best. 

Palette: for dispersing paint and loading onto brush.
Optional: painters tape to mark paint stroke edge limit.

The matte finish, lotion-like consistency and new range of colours in Art Noise make them ideal for this project.
brush loaded with paint

INSTRUCTIONS
STEP 1
Prepare lamp shade by cleaning with a dry paint brush to remove excess dust and debris.
STEP 2
Rotate the shade so the edge that is to be painted is at the top. 
STEP 3
Pour paint onto palette. Lightly load brush with colour and apply. Start at the edge and use downward fanning strokes with the flat, wide surface of the brush. Lightly lift brush from surface at the end of the stroke. You want to avoid sharp paint edges.

 

soft edges wth paint

STEP 4
Place the unpainted edge down  to dry.
Depending on the material and colour of the lampshade, a second coat may be needed.  

Lampshade on lamp
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Cracked Glaze Effect House

Cracked Glaze Effect on Tiny House

House painted and displaying cracked effects

MATERIALS:
Art Noise Permanent Acrylic Gouache paints
Tri-Art’s Crackle Ground Acrylic Medium

Tri-Art’s Liquid Iridescent Copper
Nylon brush (1/2 or 1”)
Wooden 3D puzzle house

INSTRUCTIONS
STEP 1
Prime and paint house surface with gesso or  Art Noise paint. This will be the colour revealed between the cracks once the Crackle Ground dries.

Allow to dry before adding Crackle Ground Medium.

STEP 2 
Apply Crackle Ground onto one side (surface) at a time. Surfaces must be horizontal or the medium will run off the surface. Apply a generous amount by pouring and then tilt the surface to spread or pour and spread with a brush. Using a small cup to pour gives more control. If using brush, very light pressured strokes must be used or the cracks will not happen. Let each side dry before adding the medium to other sides. 

STEP 3
Once dry the primed house colour will be revealed in the cracks. Paint may be applied over the white Crackle Ground. This should be done in light coats with either a brush or rag to avoid filling in the cracks with paint.

Applying paint in mutiple thin layers, glazing, dry brushing and blending techniques will accentuate the cracks and enhance the glazed effects.