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Submitted by: Patricia Purcell
Krylon ColorMaster paint and primer Flat Black
Pearl Ex powder pigments
Glass acrylic seale
1. You have to start off with a perfectly clean vase. I washed mine with dish soap and water. I dried it, then wiped it down with isopropyl alcohol and let it dry again.
2. I used several light coats of flat black spray paint until the outside of the vase was uniformly covered. I let this completely dry. I did not bother doing the inside but I don’t see why you couldn’t if you wanted to do that.
3. I then just started experimenting with the different colors of Pearl Ex pigments until I liked the way a few looked together.
These powder pigments are pretty forgiving, if you put a dab of a color and really don’t like it you could brush most of it off and hide it under other colors when you blend.
4. I started to liberally adding the colors that I chose. I used primarily antique gold and one of the red hues but as I said I just experiment so I can not list the exact colors because I honestly just don’t remember.
5. I blended everything with the large makeup brush. The one you would use for foundation or blush on your face. I didn’t have a regular paint brush like that and I didn’t want to drive all the way to the craft store so I bought the make up brushes at the dollar store and they work just fine. Between colors I would just wiped all the excess powder off the brush onto a towel and go to the next color. A little pigment goes a long way.
6. The pigments will wipe off at this point so once you get the color and blending the way you like it, pick up the vase from the inside or the powders will get ruined.
7. Spray with the clear gloss acrylic sealer. You will need to do several very light coats from far away so as not to blow the pigments off your vase. I let the coats dry in between.
To see more of Patricias work, please visit her facebook page Peerskill Salvaged Treasures
I like taking what others consider “junk” and making it into something useful, beautiful, funky or fun. I’ve always loved tag sales, curb shopping, being creative and DIY projects but it has just been recently that I have decided to embrace this side of myself. I have spent most of my life trying to find a “job” that interests and fulfills me. I am sorry to say I have failed. While being an at home mom these past few years, and somewhat out of necessity to help provide for the family, I have starting to sell some of my tag sale and curb shopping treasures to others like me. I love to see this “useless junk” get a second life! I don’t know where life is going to take me over the next year or two once my kids are old enough and I do not have to be home a majority of the time. Perhaps I will have to rejoin the “real” world, or if I’m lucky enough, I can stay here in this happy space I’m creating out of junk and paint.
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