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Colour Blending with Fusion Mineral Paint

 

Colour Blending with Fusion Mineral Paint

Colour Blending with Fusion Mineral Paint

 

Blending Fusion.

I had been wanting to try this technique for a while now and there are a few talented women who rock this style using a chalk-based paint. I wanted to see if blending Fusion would be as easy, and the short answer is YES.

Fusion’s perfect for blending! I had no trouble at all getting different shades from just a few colours and if you’d like to see how easy it is to custom blend your own colours check out these YouTube Video’s Jennylyn did a while ago.

Blending the colours was the easy part, knowing where to put it had me at a loss. You see, I think this technique would be better suited to someone with an artistic flare…. I struggle to draw a stick man! I had to keep referring to old painted doors on Pinterest to better give me an idea of where to add the grungy bits.

 

For this project, I used Little Whale, Champness, Prairie Sunset a little Fort York Red, Raw Silk and some Fresco. You can get all of these products in my online shop

Colour Blending with Fusion Mineral Paint

Blending effect colour board.

 

Comfort Zone

During the process, I was ready to give up and paint it white!! I really didn’t enjoy it and I think that’s because it took me out of my comfort zone. I am a technical painter by which I mean I like to know the steps, I like knowing what to do next. With this, I had to guess! and that made me feel like a kid with crayons.

So I can’t say I enjoyed this at all and at the time I said I wouldn’t do it again, the only reason I persevered is, I thought what is the worse that can happen? It could look rubbish and I could repaint it.  I’m really glad I did because I do love the end result! I can’t believe I did it, I feel a little bit arty!! ha

The moral of this little tale is GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!!!!!

Blending colours with Fusion Mineral Paint.

 

 

Blending colours with Fusion Mineral Paint

 

 

Blending colours with Fusion Mineral Paint

 

Blending colours with Fusion Mineral Paint

Let me know what you think? or have you tried to colour blend Fusion? I’d love to see some pictures.

Sarah X

 

 

Metallic project pot – Fusion Mineral Paint

 

Metallic project pot - Fusion Mineral Paint

Metallic project pot – Fusion Mineral Paint

Glamour in tester size!

You have asked and Fusion has delivered! These tester sized metallics come in the same colours as the regular sized.

Pearl, Brushed Steel, Bronze, Champagne, Pale Gold and Copper.

The project pot is 37ml and just perfect for enhancing carvings or adding to your top coat for that perfect shimmer.

Using pure mica pigments our Fusion™ Metallic shimmer unlike any other on the market.

Make a statement and add some glam to your decor!

These work just like our regular Fusion™ Paints, however, come in beautiful iridescent shimmer.

 

Metallic project pot - Fusion Mineral Paint

Metallic project pot – Fusion Mineral Paint

 

Prep and application

 

The same step should be taken for the Metallics in terms of prep, the surface should be clean and if shiny lightly

sanded before application. If doing a large flat area I find that brushing in one direction with a good quality brush

such as one of the Staalmeester’s gives the best finish.

They can be added to your paint, Tough coat or Glaze, the possibilities are endless. Metallics are so on trend right

now it couldn’t be easier to add just a bit of wow to your painting project.

 

Prep Card

Prep Card

 

Arriving soon!

These little pots of gorgeousness should be hitting our shelves this weekend and will be up on the website to

purchase. So if you have been wanting to try them and didn’t want the large pot this is the perfect way to test them

out!  I’m going to be doing a special deal of  FREE postage when you buy all 6 for my email and Bot subscribers, so

keep your eyes on your inbox for that.

BUY THEM HERE

Happy Painting

Sarah X

p.s. You can join my mailing list here.  and my Messenger Bot here

How to Gold Leaf the easy way.

How to Gold Leaf the easy way.

If you follow me on Facebook you know I often do FB Lives when I’m in the workshop. I rarely do them at a scheduled time, but if I’m doing something that I think you may like I turn the camera on and show you!

Well, I had this piece in the shop and it was plain, as in no carvings! I’m lucky that almost 100% of my furniture comes from France and it’s mostly ornate and carved with lots of details which is fab! but I needed a flat surface for this Gold Leaf accent that I had been wanting to try.

 

How to Gold Leaf the easy way.

 

So it was a dark Mahogany colour and quite shiny, I prepped in the usual way by cleaning lightly sanding and I painted it with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black. You can but Fusion Paint here! I then added a slash of Gold leaf adhesive across the top and down the front, I used Artisan Enhancements leaf and foil adhesive, but any gold size will work like this one I’ve used this one too.

 

 

 

 

 

When the leaf size is applied it goes on white and when it comes to tack it’s clear and ready for the leaf. It was about this time that I thought I’d turn the camera on and show you how easy it is! so here is the video, it’s had a good response and people have found it useful so I thought I’d share it with you!

 

 

Let me know in the comment if you thought it was useful.

 

 

Thanks

Sarah XX

Virtual Painting Classes. Learn to paint online!

Hi everyone ..really long time no see!

I’ve moved to bigger and better premises and been to Canada for an Industry Conference, started up my virtual paint classes online and been busy building Messenger bots for other businesses! It’s been a busy few months and I’ve neglected you all. I’m sorry and I’ll be good from now on. 😉

 

Virtual Painting Classes. Learn to paint online!

 

 

I wanted to give you all the heads up on the Virtual Classes as the feedback suggests it’s a great way to learn for the people who can’t make it to in-person workshops. There was a couple of reasons why I decided to do these classes,

Virtual Paint Class Online Paint Class

Everyone is time poor and with our busy lives, we often don’t have time to do the fun stuff! with these classes, you will be able to learn at your own pace in your own home! how awesome is that?

Social media gets a bad rap sometimes but one of the bonuses is friendships! meeting like-minded creative people and sharing a fun experience is priceless. Being able to pick up where you left off in your own time is GOLD, No rushing and missing the good stuff, all in your own time.

Virtual Painting Classes. Learn to paint online!

  • You will be added to a private Facebook group where all materials and info will be listed in advanced inside the group.
  • The tutorial will be LIVE at a specified time arranged in advance, all questions will be welcome, join in!
  • You can paint along or watch and do it in your own time! the video will be available to you for 2 weeks.
  • You have time to perfect this technique, in your home at your leisure.
  • I also will be in this group for the full 2 weeks alongside the other class attendees answering questions giving advise and having fun with you.

Virtual Painting Classes. Learn to paint online!

It’s a fun simple way to do something creative and fun! plus it’s an inexpensive way to learn a new technique. It couldn’t be simpler. The next classes will be listed soon so sign up for the waitlist here!

Virtual Painting Classes. Learn to paint online!

 

I’ve had lots of people interested and I can’t wait to meet you all inside the group. If you have any questions about the class there is more info HERE or alternatively, shoot me an email or comment below and I’ll be happy to oblige.

See you soon

Sarah XX

 

 

 

 

A Christmas wish list for furniture flippers.

This is the ultimate wish list for anyone thinking about flipping furniture for fun or for profit. All of the links in this post are affiliates, if you purchase from them I will receive a small kickback.

First up is a paint sprayer, now if you have ever painted a chair by hand you know this is numero uno on the list. I have extensive knowledge in this area so I can confidently recommend this machine. It’s perfect for beginners, easy to use and clean and leaves a smooth professional finish. I still regularly bring this one out for small to medium-sized projects.

 

 

Next up we have a circular sander, Tabletops can’t be sanded well will anything smaller, a mouse sander or similar is fine for very small projects but refinishing tables take a little more power. I use this exact one every week and it’s definitely been put through its paces! It easy to use and has an adjustable power level, so it can be used on more delicate surfaces such as veneer. A must have for the furniture flipper.

Not all pieces of furniture will require machine sanding, and for hand sanding, I have found THE best invention EVER! Sandi Hand sanding glove. It was invented by a lovely Australian lady called Jenny you can read her story here! I am the UK & Ireland distributor with stockist in the UK. The sanding glove comes in 2 types, a cotton glove with 2 grits 80 & 120, and a Tradesman glove which is harder wearing. Replacement grits comes in packs of 3 and grits sizes from 80 all the way up to 2000. Its perfect for prep, carvings and hard to reach areas they also work amazingly on spindles!

 

A Christmas wish list for furniture flippers.

Also on the wish list is some basic tools, all furniture flippers need a few good tools in their arsenal and these will do perfectly! This set comes in a toolbox and let’s be honest, it doesn’t hurt that they are pink! I love that they all match. This one is on my own wish list!

We are nearly set! just a couple more items and we will be ready to rock n roll. If we are painting furniture we are going to need brushes… lots and lots of brushes, well that’s not true but we do need a good couple quality brushes. There are hundreds on the market and I’ve tried a whole bunch of them but the ones I love the most are Staalmeester brushes … they are the bomb!! I work with Fusion Mineral Paint and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and these brushes are a perfect fit.

Lasst but not least some safty gear. Be safe and have fun!

So there you have it A Christmas wish list for furniture flippers. I only wish I had these tools when I first started out it would have saved me a blister or 2. If you try any of them out let me know what you think!

Sarah X

Gold leaf a before and after.

It’s funny how trends come back around, isn’t it? Metallics are bang on trend again with Copper and Rose gold taking the lead. It has been used in many ways in Interiors but opulence, glamour, and warmth have always been synonymous with the shiny stuff!

My client had bought a Rococo style console and mirror, an import from China. A great design and size but bare wood, just waiting for its makeover. The client had a vision of something bold and we tested out a few finishes but she chose a Gold Leaf and Black Glaze.

 

Gold leaf a before and after.

Primed and ready for the base coat.

 

The clients husband kindly primed it and it arrived at the shop like this all masked and ready for the base coat. 👌 I base coated it black because the glaze was going to be black and I knew the Gold leaf wouldn’t go all the way into the holes in the carved areas. It would ensure the whole piece came together and looked cohesive.

I sprayed the whole thing with Fusion’s Coal Black with my spray gun. I get asked all the time which gun I use, this is my recommendation for beginners and Pro’s it’s the Clarke HVLP unit and I bust this one out if the project is small to medium.

 

Gold Size.

Gold Leaf before and after.

Base coated and a coat of Gold size/adhesive applied.

The Gold size is just a fancy word for the glue/adhesive used to stick the Gold leaf, it’s water based and is a milky white when applied. You know when its come to tack because it’s clear and if you put your finger on it and pull, it makes a pop sound.

 

Gold Leaf

Once the glue is at tack you place the leaf on the glue, when the entire project is covered you push the leaf into the nooks and crannies with a soft brush buffing away the excess as you go. Now I’m not the neatest person when I’m working but I’ll tell ya this stuff gets everywhere!! It looked a mess in the workshop when I was done, but I did manage to salvage some of it for another project.

Gold leaf before and after.

Not a great pic, but look at the mess!!

Glazing

I used Fusion’s clear glaze tinted with Coal Black, using an old brush I scrubbed the Glaze all over the piece leaving it to grab for a while before I wiped off the excess with a clean damp rag.

This video shows the Glaze being applied.

 

This video shows it being wiped off.

I hope that shows how easy it is to use Glazes, I love to use them to accent pieces like this one. I also did An easy guide to Glazing post you can find that here.

Top coat

The client didn’t want to lose the beautiful metallic sheen from the gold leaf so a satin top coat was applied, I used an aerosol kind and it worked beautifully. Without further ado lets look at the end result, I must say I was really pleased with how it turned out and thankfully so was the client ..  Brucey bonus!

Gold Leaf before and after

close up of the carved details.

 

Gold Leaf before and after.

Console top glazed.

 

Gold Leaf before and after.

Gold Leaf before and after.

 

Gold Leaf before and after.

Opulent and Glamours.

I’m really pleased with how it turned out, the patina on the flat areas from the glaze looks brill! Although on a large scale, this technique is simple and easy, anyone can do this.

If you have used Gold Leaf before for furniture or other home decor items, I’d love to see the pictures! post them below or pop over to my Facebook page and leave them there.

Sarah X