I have lived with both of these projects and I have been really happy.
Here is what you will need to recreate the chippy paint finish for the lamp:
-Project piece (In this case brass lamp)
-primer (metal primer if finish of lamp is metal)
-Spackle (any brand will do)
-artist pallet knife or putty knife
-Acrylic paint in White and Burnt Umber
-Tim Holtz Distressed Paint in Picket Fence
-Sealer in flat finish
Meet Tim Holtz
love admire this man. He is talented beyond measure. If you are not familiar with Tim Holtz, I encourage you to visit his blog and website. You will soon love admire him too! He has created an entire line of products typically used for Altered Art and scrapbooking (all you artist knew that, hu?) including Distressed Paint. His distressed paint is just one of his products that I have fallen in love with. I typically use it in my collage work and it is really amazing! It is a one step crackle finish. That in itself is amazing.
Ok, let's get on with the project, let's look at Tim one more time. Scroll up. pause. scroll down, ok let's go!
Brass lamps are usually abundant in your local thrift stores, but for this particular finish, I recommend a shape that has a large field. Meaning big areas of smooth surface. Such as this:
I would not recommend a lamp like this:
Take off harp and tape off socket and cord
Here is the type of metal primer spray paint I use
Spray entire lamp and let dry
Looks better already!!
Now here is the part where you must be fearless!
Using your pallet knife, start smearing on the Spackle. I recommend a pallet knife because it is small and easier to handle than a putty knife
Because of the detail on the lamp, I used my fingers
to get the Spackle in the pearl detail
Now Spackle dries fairly fast and you will use this to your advantage. Constantly work with the Spackle until it is textured but still smooth. Use your hands to basically knock off all the rough parts. Also , you don't want knife marks either, blend those away too...
Do not use water. It really isn't necessary. If for some reason the Spackle dries too quickly, use some 120 grit sand paper to knock off any texture or rough spots that are unwanted, Be easy though, we do want smooth texture.
After the Spackle has dried completely, you'll know cause it's got that dusty effect...coat the entire lamp in burnt umber. You will need to do several coat to get in all the crevices.
Next do a dry brush technique with white over the entire piece. I used an artist brush to do this. Sponge brushes will not work for the dry brush technique.
Your lamp should be looking like this:
At this point the paint needs to cure. Let it totally cure overnight. The "damp" feeling should be totally gone.
Oh look, here's Tim again! He's checking on our progress! Hi Tim! I'm about to use your distressed paint...thanks for checking back in!
He really thinks we are doing a good job!
Now, using the distressed paint is really easy, there is a built in brush in the bottle, but here are a few things to remember:
-Use it sparingly. Don't go crackle crazy or it just won't look natural.
-the more paint you use the bigger the cracks, the less paint the smaller the cracks. Use a combination of the two.
-All you do is paint it on, the crackle will happen my itself.
-Some of the larger cracks will come off. That's ok. I personally like the effect, but you can go back over an area once it's dry.
Drying time is approx. 20 mins. the full effect in less than 30 minutes
I really love the effect!
Is that not beautiful?
It almost looks tree like...
Give your lamp another night to really cure.
I used flat and you can't even tell it's sealed but it is. I didn't want any shine on the final piece.
Find a shade for your beautiful masterpiece, because I also believe that updates a lamp too, and you are going to enjoy this! I love just looking at it!
Tim is back! That stinker! He's looking at the final result! I think he likes it!!!
If you have any further questions, e-mail me...I'll get right back with you (asap)!
If you try this technique, let me know, I'd love to see!
And as always, if you use this idea, be kind, please link back to me. Thanks!
Bye Tim, I think I'll go watch one of your demos on you tube now!
I hope you inspired!