Figurine, statue, or some accessory in need of some TLC
Clean Metal Primer (this works great for ceramics too!)
Territorial Beige (or some form of tan/beige)
Spray Sealer in Satin (or flat if you prefer)
Meet Quail. He is old and crying out to be brought to the 21st century! He is pitiful, but potentially pretty.
I gave him a coat of primer and let it dry.
(Hey, if you're into the mod look, after the primer, give him a couple of coats of glossy white and call it done. I like that look too.)
Follow up the primer with two coats of territorial beige, and let dry.
Make sure you get Quail's belly.
Here is the brush that I use for dry-brushing on small projects. It is an artist brush that has been through the ringer a couple of times, but one of my most used brushes. I suggest using a smaller brush because you have more control over where the paint is going, but a small 1 inch chip brush will probbaly do the trick too, you'll just have to make sure that it isn't layered with too much paint.
Burnt Umber is probably one of my favorite paint colors. It is the perfect brown. So while you have some wiggle room on which tan/beige to use, I urge you to use only burnt umber for the top coat. So start off slowly and build up the layers of paint, you'll want the beige to show through quite a bit. I probably went over the bird twice before I felt it looked right. You'll know when it's done.
Here is Quail all finished, but looking rather dull, so on to the next and final step. Is this easy or what?
Give Quail two coats of a satin polyurethane. That sheen really brings out the color and isn't too glossy. He's looking mighty happy and handsome now!
Here is another sampling of the technique, this time on an over-sized pear (I love this too!!) The technique works even if you don't have raised surfaces too. It did take a little longer to get it just right, but it was worth it!
And then I was REALLY happy with the outcome of this one. This one did take some time. But you can't beat the before and after
All three of these pieces I bought to go in my booth, but I think the quail might have to stay with me for a while (and the pear too!) :)