The great thing about decoupage is that you can combine a lot of techniques, tools and materials for beautiful designs.
Today’s post is exactly about this and more specifically, we’re going to learn how to decoupage on metal with shading technique and stone wash effect while giving our object an antique finish.
In this tutorial I’m going to use decoupage paper for this first time, combining it with Patina for an impressive antique finish. That being said, the antique and shading effect requires the use of acrylic paints and patina while the stone washed finish requires acrylic paints and a small sponge.
The fact that we’ll use these techniques in today’s tutorial to decoupage on metal object doesn’t mean that you can’t do the same on other surfaces. You can also decoupage on wooden object and apply both the shading and stone washed effect. Same thing with decoupage on glass. The only limitation is your imagination.
This is the reason why I love decoupage and every time I’ll try to teach you new techniques as well as possible combinations to create beautiful objects.
Before we get started with the instructions, I think it’s a good idea to share with you a few tips for better decoupage results and/or efficient use of materials. More specifically:
- When I have very thin and delicate paper, I like to make one pass of varnish before I apply the patina. This way, the paper gets more durable and doesn’t tear up.
- Instead of decoupage paper, I can also use a pattern that I find on internet, print it out and use it with a laser printer.
- The patina that I choose for the antique effect, it’s better spread with a hard brush and gives a better aging and rust effect. After I apply patina on the object, I rub the color with my fingers so that it spreads out evenly. The particular patina offers great results also in the decoupage with crackle of two ingredients. More specific details will follow on a future post.
If you’re following my blog you might know by now that I’d like to start each creation by making sure that I’ve got all the tools and materials close to me.
The main object for this tutorial is metal.
You don’t need to get the exact same object that I use.
For example, I’m using a small (ex-) flower bucket that my brother gave to my mother for her birthday.
With this in mind, you can find any metal object in your house that you don’t use anymore and you could potentially decoupage on it. A coffee or cookies box, a regular bucket or even a watering can, you name it.
Antique effect looks perfect when you decoupage on metal.
The basic materials that you’re going to need for your decoupage on metal object
Prefer a medium sized metal object so that you can easily work on it and could potentially look good in your home.
For this project, I chose decoupage paper with flowers since I intend to use the metal bucket as a vase. Therefore, flower pattern is exactly what I need.
Acrylic Primer or Gesso
Both of these are used as a base to apply other materials on top. Even though they serve the same purpose, they’re used for different materials. An acrylic primer is thinner than gesso and is mainly used on glass and metal surfaces. On the other hand, gesso is has higher viscosity and is mainly used on porous surfaces such as wood or brick.
For today’s project we’re going to use two or more acrylic paint colors. A bright light color and a dark one. Both colors need to match perfectly with the background and the colors of the decoupage paper so that you have a great result with both stone wash and shading technique.
This time we’ll use patina that is applied with a brush (as opposed to one that requires application with fingers) and it’s specifically used for the aging effect.
Materials that will be used for decorating your metal object
Even though it’s not necessary, we can use glitter to highlight certain lines on the metal object as well as on the pattern of the decoupage paper.
For decoration, few pieces of ribbons would look great on our object. Although I didn’t use any because it didn’t match my object’s design, be creative and use one that you deem appropriate. It’s up to you to add some.
Other objects and materials.
Metal objects, buttons, handmade flowers, gold dust.
Tools that we need to decoupage on metal objects
- 1 pair of scissors
- 1 good brush to apply the decoupage glue
- 2-3 medium quality brushes and of medium thickness to apply the acrylic paint colors, patina and glitter.
- Small sponges
- Few pieces of aluminium follium or a disposable plastic plate.
- Plastic wrap
- 1 small glass filled with water to wet the brushes
Let’s get started shall we!?
How to decoupage on metal object with shading technique. Step by step instructions
Before you begin anything, double check if your object is clean and by clean I mean no glue from stickers, dirt, etc. If there’s anything, take a small piece of paper and with a little bit of alcohol, clean it thoroughly.
Now that the object is clean, I start by cutting the decoupage paper with the scissors the patterns that you’re interested in using. Be very careful while you cut the paper since decoupage paper is quite thick and every minor imperfection will be visible on the object.
Apply the primer very well across the entire surface of the object. Use a medium brush so that the primer is applied easily.
Once you’re done, let it dry.
Cut two pieces of aluminium folium and place one color on each piece. One light and one dark. As I mentioned earlier, you can also put the colors on a disposable plastic plate. Use whatever makes you feel more comfortable.
Take the small sponge and dip one edge in one color and another edge in another.
Start tapping the edges of the sponge on the object alternately across the entire surface of your metal object. Make sure that both colors are noticeable and at the same time, are well blended where one ends and another begins. That said, the colors need to blended in such way that you can’t tell where one color begins and ends.
This is the stone wash effect that we were discussing before.
As soon as your object gets dry, it’s time to apply the decoupage paper.
Before I do that however, I place it in water for 40 seconds.
Next, I put it between two pieces of kitchen paper so that most water is absorbed.
Since we want the decoupage paper to stick perfectly on the metal object, place a piece of plastic folium on top of the decoupage paper, turn it upside-down.
Apply decoupage glue both on the pattern and the metal object where you’ll stick the pattern.
Now, place the pattern together with the plastic folium on the metal object where you put the glue and use a napkin to stick it carefully, starting from the center and working your way towards the edges of the pattern.
Once you do that, take the plastic folium off and apply decoupage glue on the pattern.
Repeat this step for all the patterns that you want to stick on your metal object and let it dry.
When your object is dry again, we’re going to use the patina past to give it antique effect as well as the shading effect. Both techniques require experience on decoupage since they’re a bit advanced but there’s nothing wrong in giving your best and master the techniques on other attempts or objects. It’s the creative process that matters.
Take a toothpick and scrape a bit patina paste and then leave it on a small piece of aluminium folium.
With a small hard brush, take as little paint as possible so that there are no small pieces of patina.
Time to apply the theory of shading technique into practice.
Begin shading the object with a very little patina on the sides of the pattern and then tap the colors with your finger either soft or hard, depending on how much patina you want to leave on the object.
Once this is done, apply patina on indents, curves and handles so that you get the antique effect.
Last thing we need to do is to apply varnish on the metal object.
Just like with every object that you decoupage, applying water varnish makes your creation more durable throughout time.
Make one pass of water varnish, let it dry thoroughly and the next day, make another pass. The more the merrier and the more durable your object becomes.
I hope you liked today’s project and gave you a good idea on how to decoupage on metal object. If you happen to work on this and you used the shading technique together with antique and stone wash effect, leave a comment and I’ll be very happy to discuss with you your newest creation.
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Good luck with your projects!