I made some plaster cast objects to use as embellishments for some Christmas projects. I tried out some DecoArt products and Andy Skinner techniques to make them look old. I also used some Modern Masters patina products that I like to use on little embellishments. I wanted some vintage treasure!
The plaster casts are inexpensive and are a fun way to try out various painting techniques on a 3-D surface. I've had these inexpensive plastic molds for a long time. They can be used to mold chocolate, but I use them with plaster.
I love Modern Masters patina products. I hadn't tried them on plaster objects before. I have tried it out on little plastic toys and the results were awesome!
Here's the whole bunch all together. They look great! Ignore the rusty Santa in the corner for now. I will show you how I created him later in this post.
So now that I experimented with the patina effect on my plaster embellishments, I decided to use Decoart products to make some more objects look old.
I was happy with Mr. Santa so I decided to try the same type of technique on 2 other objects.
I decided to add a little clear glitter to the Christmas Tree to see what would happen.
I decided there was too much rust on this santa, so I dry brushed on metallic gold instead so it matches the other Santa.
This is kind of fun because there is no wrong answer. You can just paint over the top and change your mind. No pressure! Just playing with mediums and techniques!
So my santa went from grade-school craft project to respectable vintage santa. I thought he was a goner, but is now looking all vintage and cool! The antiquing medium hides the "can't color in the lines" areas.
I think this little star santa is my favorite of the bunch. I'm going to use him on a project. He looks very metal like he was a little copper santa up on a roof for years!
So here's my whole group of faux metallic, patina's, wood cut, rusty objects made from cheap plaster molds using Modern Master paint effects, and Deco Art media acrylics, and some random crackle medium.
I enjoy trying out techniques and mediums with these little dimensional objects just for fun. I've had the santa mold since probably the 1980's. The trees and leaves I got more recently so they might be available online somewhere. I get molds at the craft store where they sell chocolate molds, or online from amazon or ebay. They are usually around $3.00 or so. Plaster is cheap too.
So I hope you have enjoyed my play time, even though it was a long post, I think it's helpful to see the steps to realize that it just takes a lot of little tiny steps to produce these fun results and if you goof up, you can pour some more and try again. It's pretty fun.
What hasn't been fun, is I've been stuck all weekend with a broken heater in my house, so I've had no heat for a week now! It's been 55 degrees inside the house for a week. Sometimes it's warmer outside than inside the house. I put a space heater near the kitchen table and have been having some fun painting in my coat.
The part to repair the heater has been ordered but won't be in until tomorrow, with the delay over the Thanksgiving Holiday. I hope the part comes tomorrow. Don't know how much more of this freezing I can take.
Anyway, I have enjoyed being distracted by my little paint project in the cold!
I will use all of my items on some fun Christmas projects but haven't decided what they will be yet. I don't plan out too much in advance but just like to see what happens. I hope to post my projects as they happen!
I use the same techniques on steampunk projects so this is good practice for trying things out!