DIY Chippy Paint! How to add an aged chippy finish to your art. Short FREE introductory class. | Amber Seymour | Skillshare

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DIY Chippy Paint! How to add an aged chippy finish to your art. Short FREE introductory class.

teacher avatar Amber Seymour, Urban Timber Revival

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction and Class Overview


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    • 3.

      Lets talk about paint....


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    • 5.

      Waxing - Distressing Prep!


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    • 7.

      Scraping & Distressing


    • 8.

      Class Project


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In this class you will learn how to use use simple materials to create an aged chippy paint finish to your personal projects in 4 easy steps.  This method can be applied to furniture, artwork,  or anything else you want to add some character to. This is a short introductory class perfect for beginners.

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Amber Seymour

Urban Timber Revival


Hello, I'm Amber.

I live in the PNW with my family.   I love taking scrap wood, furniture, or other discarded items and creating beautiful artwork and seasonal items.  I love teaching basic woodworking skills to the every day crafter!


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1. Introduction and Class Overview: Hi, everyone. I'm Amber and I live in the Pacific Northwest, and I love taking reclaimed wood and making it into beautiful art. So let's get on with this lesson for chippy paint. Welcome, everyone. And today's lesson. We're going toe. Learn how to do this chippy paint finish, and it's a lesson that you can use to work towards a lot of my future projects. You'll see that I have this finish on there and you could use it on like, let's say, up cycled furniture. You might get it. The thrift store, your own artwork, anything that you want to give some character, too. So we're not doing this specific piece of art today. That will be a separate lesson, but we're learning how to practice getting that finish on a simple piece of wood. So I hope you enjoy this and look for future classes where you can use this technique 2. Materials: So before we get started, let's talk about materials. So sorry. Some of my materials air well, loved some of my products, So this is just a paste finishing wax. Now I am using this, but I've heard of people using several different methods to get the same effect. I've heard of people rubbing candles on the edge of their would. I've even heard of people using gasoline. I have not used that. But anything that's a barrier to the wood might just work fine. You need a stain, and I prefer the darker stain that better. So it doesn't matter if you have something on hand that's dark, go without. You don't have to have the specific one, and then we're going to use some paint. All right, we're gonna have a plain piece of wood to practice on a hammer, and the only reason you need this hammers if you want to bang it up and make it look a little worse for the wear on and then some sort of scraper. So this is actually you will see it's a painter's trim guard for when you paint the interior of your home, but I find it's an excellent scraper. But if you have, like a credit card, a putty knife, really anything with a really stiff edge will work. Let's get started. 3. Lets talk about paint....: So before we get into the project, I do want to pause and talk about paint a little bit. When you're working with wood, it has natural tan incident that can lift through your paint and in addition to that, were also used in a various dark stain that can sometimes a bleed three or paint. So I recommend getting a paint that has both a primary and a stain blocker in it. It will save you a lot of heartache. I've ruined many projects before I figured this out, and there's nothing worse than the finishing this pretty project. And then a month later, it either yellows or those tannins lift. So spend some money on some decent paint can be this brand any brand. But this has worked for me, and it has not failed me yet, So something to think about on your projects. Okay, let's get moving on to the fun part 4. Staining: Okay, so I'm going to start by just banging up. This would a little bit. Okay. Sorry about that noise. You will probably see that I kind of concentrated on the edges and left the middle just plain, because I am gonna put some artwork in the middle, and I don't want that to be all bumpy. All right, so the second step is to put a stain on. And if you have rubber gloves and your sloppy like me, I would highly recommend it. Okay? We're just gonna swirled the stain a little bit. Not supposed to shake staying. You're supposed to, like, swirling or stir it. All right, So I am just going to be really generous with the stain and get it all over this board. But And if you don't notice, I have some paper on my work bench because it's messy. Get in all these nooks and crannies. And then because I was so generous with stain, I'm gonna take kind of the dry edge and just wipe off the excess hope CF or got a spot. You really don't have to worry about complete coverage because we will be painting over this, But you do want that dark finish. Okay, so I have some scrap one by twos. I'm gonna put this just on top so it gets air and it drives faster, and then we won't come back for the next step. 5. Waxing - Distressing Prep!: So we're moving on to step two and I'm not gonna change my workbench paper cause we still have a lot of Messi steps to go. So I am taking the wood stain or the I'm sorry, nothing would stain the finishing wax. And I'm just putting some on my finger and I'm going to rub these. Rub this on the edge so I would let your wood stain dry for a couple hours before doing this if I didn't mention that already. So if you can see I'm just kind of taking a glob and I'm spreading it down. I don't care if it's an even line. I don't care if you have globs, just get it on those edges. And of course I do the edges because that's usually when you're talking about bold furniture. Old artwork. It's the edges that get worn. But if you have a bigger piece and kind of want to spread that love around, go for it. Just remember, anywhere you put this wax paint's gonna come off later. Okay, so I'm showing this to the camera. See those gloves? Just let that sit there. Don't even worry about it. You can kind of see the sheen where that waxes. So that's where paint will come off later. So some people like to let they're wax dry for a while. And really, what that does it kind of lets you brush off these globs later if you want to. I think I'm gonna go ahead and do that. Let this drive for maybe about 1/2 hour. 6. Painting: Okay, I am back. I don't know that this wax is completely driver. Honestly, it just doesn't really matter. I was really taking a lunch break, if you must know. Okay. So I'm taking my paint, and I'm gonna glob it on there. This does not have to be fancy, especially on the edges. Don't worry about getting it on there, cause that's really we're going to scrape it off. If you want the paint, think anywhere it's in the middle. That's where on this piece of artwork will go. And I'm just gonna lightly dry brush the sides because again, I'm gonna be scraping this edge off so you don't want your sides to be perfect. You just want him looking a little rough. And I'll probably just very lightly dark, dry brush that back to. So I'm gonna bring my sticks back in action over here, and I'm going to do one more heavy kind of coat in the middle just to make sure I have a nice surface to do my artwork on for this. Okay. I kind of have some lumps and bumps in the middle from that wax floating. We'll just create those off later not concerned. Now the paint you really have to let dry, like fully dry, so I will be back and a little bit. 7. Scraping & Distressing: So the next step is just started scraping. I'm gonna train this and get each edge two more here so you could stop here. But I'm really gonna get after it and make it really distress. All right, There you go. All right. So, behind the scenes, I was actually making several of these because my personal art project today is to make some nativity ease for an upcoming event. I have. So you can see I just did a little overlay of a stencil right on top of this chippy paint, and it just gives it that really cute aged. Look. Look at that. It's just really pretty. And I love the dark stain leased underneath. So I hope you enjoy this project and found it easy and fun, and we will get onto the class project. 8. Class Project: So your class project is to use this chippy paint technique to your own project. I cannot wait to see what you come up with, and I hope that you upload in share with the class, enjoy.