Create This Wall And Furniture Finish Using Artisan Enhancements Foils And A Fab Stencil!

Artisan Enhancements furniture and wall finish using Chalk Paint® and foils.

Can you tell that I am a pattern lover? I think that all of my travels around North America, Europe, and Africa have made me more passionate about pattern because it really defines a region or even a country.

I have been working on new ideas for my Funky Chunky Finishes workshop at the upcoming ArtFusion event in Santa Fe this November. I am so excited to visit the southwest again. It conjures up images of hot, brilliant oranges and golds. Sunbursts. Flowers. And the bling of gorgeous jewelry. I love these colors paired with the cool sky blues of the evening and the setting sun.

Artisan Enhancements furniture and wall finish using Chalk Paint® and foils.

Knowing that Artisan Enhancements has some beautiful metallic foils and the perfect adhesive, I worked up this design I call “Celestial.” I can just visualize it used on the top of a fabulous simple table, as a focus wall finish, or even cropped smaller inside panels of cabinet doors.

Even though this is a simple recipe, you can get very different looks depending upon your foil colors and application.

SUPPLIES

• ARTISAN ENHANCEMENTS  Leaf & Foil Size, Metallic Foils in Bronze, Copper, Silver & Gold

• ROYAL DESIGN STUDIO  Kimono Allover Flower Stencil, Patina Green Stencil Creme

• CHALK PAINT® by Annie Sloan in Napoleonic Blue & Old White

• rags, palette, small rollers, brushes, roller tray

PAINT A BASECOAT

Artisan Enhancements furniture and wall finish using Chalk Paint® and foils.

Set out Old White, Napoleonic and the Patina Green metallic on a palette. (I use an old, heavy piece of tempered glass and wash it after each project.)

Artisan Enhancements furniture and wall finish using Chalk Paint® and foils.

Roll on one coat of Napoleonic Blue and let dry. Brush on random areas of the colors, with the dominant color being blue.

Artisan Enhancements furniture and wall finish using Chalk Paint® and foils.

The colors are going to dry quickly. I misted with water at this point.

Artisan Enhancements furniture and wall finish using Chalk Paint® and foils.

Then softened quickly with a wet or dry rag. Let dry.

POSITION STENCIL & ROLL ON SIZE

Artisan Enhancements furniture and wall finish using Chalk Paint® and foils.

Cover a small roller tray with foil to simplify cleanup.

Artisan Enhancements furniture and wall finish using Chalk Paint® and foils.

Roll the roller into the size, then roll off most of the extra product to prevent it from running under the stencil. One good coat is plenty to make the foil adhere easily. Let come to tack for about 45 minutes or so. The Leaf & Foil Size is water-based, but I clean up the roller right away with sap and water.

ADD FOIL!

Roll the roller into the size and roll off most of the extra to prevent it from running under the stencil.

Cut up some pieces of foil.

Artisan Enhancements furniture and wall finish using Chalk Paint® and foils.

Crunch up a color. Make sure to face the back side of the foil toward the surface, NOT the shiny side. Tap in random areas all over the board, or you can concentrate each color in specific areas. This method allows just enough open spaces for you to tap in with other colors for a variegated effect.

You can also lay the foil flat and rub it with the flat of your hand and get 100% coverage of the foil. Once you do it this way, you will not be able to add in other colors, because the foil has completely covered the foil.

Artisan Enhancements furniture and wall finish using Chalk Paint® and foils.

At the end, I chose to lay the bright silver down and rub a soft brush over it to catch any tiny areas of size that have not been covered with foil. Doing so also avoids leaving any sticky areas on the surface.

I did learn to use the flat of my hand and SOFT tools to burnish the foil. When I tried a stiff brush, it made scratches that I did not like.

To seal or not to seal? There are a couple of variations to consider, depending upon your project.

You can leave the surface as is, with a strong matte background and shiny metallics. This would be better for a wall treatment that is in a low-traffic area. Or even a canvas as art.

Or, you could seal the painted background with either a matte sealer, like Artisan Enhancements Clear Topcoat Sealer. It is a high quality, soya based, no VOC, non-yellowing alkyd sealer that is formulated for ultimate clarity with a matte sheen. Clear Topcoat is water resistant (once cured). Then, after it dries, move on to the stenciling.

Another idea is to seal the entire surface with a shiny topcoat, using Artisan Enhancements Clear Finish which is a water based, NO VOC, all natural, non-yellowing acrylic varnish. It is formulated for ultimate clarity with a satin to glossy finish. It is water resistant and will protect your painted finishes, once cured. But, you will lose the flat chalky basecoat.

For a tabletop, pouring a heavy resin would be stunning, if you are familiar with this process.

Artisan Enhancements furniture and wall finish using Chalk Paint® and foils.

Visit the Artisan Enhancements website to find a retailer near you.

{This post is sponsored by my wonderful client, Artisan Enhancements. They allow me to experiment with their cool products, and the ideas and comments are my own.}

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Create This Wall And Furniture Finish Using Artisan Enhancements Foils And A Fab Stencil!

  1. I would love to do this to two areas I have in my living room. They are recessed areas of each side of my fireplace. Approximately 4′ x 10′ on each side.
    I have never stenciled. Is it really this easy. I actually am looking for the exact colors you have chosen. I’ve used Annie Sloan quite a bit, but nothing like this stenciling with foil. Some people said they had trouble with the size or paint clogging up the stencil?

    • Hi Paula!

      This is adventurous project if you have never stenciled before. I would recommend that you find a practice sample board or wall area and practice using the directions before attempting this. The stencil is open, so I don’t know if it will clog, but with bigger projects, you do need to be prepared to clean the stencil several times, or have more than one.

      Good luck!

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