Here is the raw, unfinished wood. Before doing anything
I would recommend you sand edges, and all surfaces.
Because it is a glaze, the alcohol thins the part it lands on showing both the base color, the glaze color and a combination of the two. Its an unusual but interesting effect.
While I am just learning this technique, done right it turns the glaze into a look not unlike some satin fabric. That makes for a rather dramatic effect especially as it is on something that is not fabric!
|After sanding, get your paint and brush ready.|
Base coat. I used DecoArt's Traditions
paint because I find it gives a rich opaque
base to work from.
|Base painted, dry and ready for glaze.|
There is no right or wrong way. Just paint the glaze on
making sure you cover the entire area you wish to
use this effect on.
|Covered in glaze.|
|First alcohol drops on glaze.|
count on is that you can't count on anything. If you had 10 of these surfaces, each one would have a different pattern, the effects are that different. Don't be afraid though. If you really don't like it, immediately wipe the glaze off, repaint and put drops of alcohol back on the refurbished surface. Remember, in most cases you will be putting something on top of this surface like I did ... paint, glitter, jewels. Usually even the most disappointing effects just add a different, NOT plain backdrop. Again, let me repeat. IF you hate it, let it dry and repaint. The is no reason to discard your surface.
|Another coat of glaze and more drops.|
Acrylic paints are quite forgiving.
|The dried glazed base ready to be used.|
Dried and ready to use this base could be used for any manner of things. One thing you will have to admit, there is nothing out there that will give you such an interesting effect! While granted, it is not for every project, it does give you another option when you want to create something that starts off looking quite different than just a simple, solid base coat.
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