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Basic faux finishes tips by Donnalynne Lefever - How to Do a Plastic Finish Applying Method
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Hi, my name is Donnalynne Lefever and now we’re ready to move on to the plastic again but this time we’re going to apply it instead of subtract it as we did in the previous sample. What we’re going to do here which is what is a little bit different is this is a little harder than the first one because it can tend to blob and get messy. So, I’ve got a couple of different choices that I particularly like and a couple of different kinds of colors because it might make a difference. These here are samples of the plastic where you can actually see the imprint. These are both with metallic paint. I am going to use one of the metallic paints and I’m going to use one that's regular. So, you can see the difference on this particular sample. I’m going to start with the metallic one. This one is actually called Interference Gold and what that means is that on one light it looks one direction or one color in one direction and another color in another direction. So, it actually ends up looking kind of silver and grey or silver and gold I should say. I’ll get it right. Anyway, you just take a small dab of the paint and you stick it on a palette. All meat trays are good palettes. What you want to do is I recommend that once you put your blob of your paint and like I said it’s interference gold, a good thing to use and this is weird as this may sound are the food kind of gloves that the ladies use. So, you can get these really crappy gloves. I don't know, I think I got these at one of the grocery stores. Anyway, I usually put like two of them together, glove them up. Sometimes, if you like three better, that's fine. What you do is you slightly dip the paint in, like that and you start dabbing it on to your palette. That means you only have a limited amount of paint that is on there so it helps to prevent you from getting big blobs and then you start dabbing it. You can sort of see it come up, I don't know, can you see this coming up? It just gives you a nice soft kind of look and you can blob that. You can do it as thick or as thin as you want. If you can crunch it up more, which I don't have it crunched very well, it should give you smaller, there it is. A little bit of a smaller imprint. The other thing you can do is you can do the same thing with the bigger plastic that we just used in the other. This can be less controllable sometimes but you can still do it. I have too much paint as you can see I’m dipping around in it because I have too much. So, anyway, there you go again. That actually looks pretty close but whichever one you feel like you like or which one is comfortable you know you’re more than welcome to use. Now, I want to try it and show you what it would do with the color. This is also very easy. When it comes to going into the corners however, the other one when you do the subtractive method you can shove your actual plastic into a corner. This one, you may end up having to use a small brush and start to just lightly dab your corners and your edges so that it has a more finished look to it. But if you do dab it, it will be a lot easier on you. If you’d glob it then you’re going to not like yourself. Anyway, so we’ll do the same thing. So as you can see with the glaze what kind of difference you’ll get. In this case, if this particular plastic, you can see it’s doing something really kind of funny. There we go, but this one may have to be on a little heavier. You just play around and see what it is that you like or you don't like. If you don't like it, don't do it. Let’s do it in the gloves that we can just see if this one works a little better or you may end up finding that to do this method, you need straight paint. This is a technique, one of the few techniques that can be actually painted on flat paint as your base paint and you can use full strength paint. This is a full strength paint, there is no glaze in the interference. This is glaze, so this maybe your indicator that you don't like it with the glaze in it or you just need a lot more pigment or paint. So, if you’re making your mixture, this maybe one that you need a whole lot more. So, if you’re doing the 75-25 you might need more of a 50-50 but it does make kind of interesting look, just different. Anyway, that is the plastic applying method.