Weathered Regal Peacock
by Jennifer Svare

Hello! Thanks for stopping by today! For this project, I brought the distress paints out and experimented with the weathered metal look.

I started off by using black chalkboard paper, since there is a slight matte finish to it. I also tried adding a clear layer of gesso over top of plain black card stock, and that works as well. I simply daubed on random splotches of the blue and green and used my heat gun to get it almost dry. Before completely dry, I wiped some of the paint off, exposing the black underneath. A layer of Antiqued Bronze was added over top, and again let it almost dry (a few areas of wet remained still) and then daubed it off with a rag. Tim Holtz has a great tutorial on making a patina finish, and I just followed his steps. Here are how each layer looked before I put it together:

I wanted more color on this layer, so went back in and applied a second coat of the blue and green.

After I layered them all together, I went in with a very small amount of Black Soot Distress Stain on my rag, just to add some extra black into the lines. There is very little but it adds a nice effect. It looked great before and wasn’t a needed step.

I went around the edge of the white watercolor paper with random strokes of Peeled Paint, Broken China, and Antique Bronze. I wanted it to look like rustic brush strokes.

A thin strip was cut from leftovers for the peacock to be resting on, and also added a sentiment embossed in gold. Notice how the feathers on the body of the peacock are slightly lifted for even more dimension.

I can see this technique applied to so many of these layering sets and even just the peacock body alone would be stunning on a card. It’s easy and so much fun! What do you think? I’d love to see your comments below.

Have a great day, and we’ll see you again soon!


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