Thursday, 13 June 2013

Enameling Tutorial

Hi there
As promised; here is the tutorial for the coloured enameled look I used on my book cover panels on the previous post HERE. There's quite a lot of steps but I hope you give it a go yourselves as the effect is so much better in real life!

 I'll begin with a materials list, most products are Ranger, with the exception of the Treasure Gold.

Tag ( or whatever substrate you want to use but for this tutorial I'm using a tag)
Embossing Folder
Distress Paint -  I used Salty Ocean, Vintage Photo, Barn Door and Mustard Seed
Perfect Medium
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel - Clear
Black Acrylic paint.

 Start off by embossing the tag with an embossing folder.
Cover the whole tag with Distress Paint. Brighter shades work best for this if you want the colour to shine through. Though experimenting with different tones and colours gives you a different effect.
 Once the tag has been painted it is important to dry it properly.
 For the next step you want to add some metallic shine to areas of the tag, so take some Treasure Gold on a brush and begin to lightly add it to the tag using a selection of colours. You can add some solid areas but keep some of the colour showing though.  (If you wanted to you could skip the paint and cover the whole tag with Treasure Gold which gives a great effect too.)
 Treasure Gold is solvent based so dries quickly. You can buff it up to a shine too before the next stage.
 For the next stage, cover the whole tag with Perfect Medium and
 cover with  clear UTEE
 Once you've covered it you want to tap a fair bit of it off leaving plenty covered but also some gaps. Heat it up with the heat gun to melt.
 Once it's cool it's time for the scary bit.
 Cover the hole tag with black acrylic paint getting into all the cracks and then rub it off before it's dry. You can add a spritz of water to make it easier. The paint comes off the UTEE easily but covers the non enameled  areas
 As a final touch use a finger to add further metallic highlights to the piece and you're done.
The finished effect is simply amazing. All the layers work together to create amazing depth and richness. Do give it a go, you know you want to!

13 comments:

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...this is one awesome tag Neil, great step by step with those yummy ranger paints, the finished result is a wonderful mixture of techniques and textures, superb...Mel:)x

Dawn said...

What a fab technique Neil, thank-you so much for sharing and explaining the process so clearly. I love the demo tag, its beautiful.
Hugs x

whyducks said...

Oh Neil that is stunning, love it!

mark gould said...

great tutorial mate, the finish looks fab. Really like how the book below has come out, the cloth cover looks brilliant.

Sandie said...

that sounds fun! I bought some Treasure Gold at the Extravaganza and I need to blow dust off my thick embossing power!

Elly said...

You are honestly a great ranger educator (:o) Stunning technique and i'll definitely give it a try.

Lee Ann said...

I love it Neil! Have not tried the Treasure Gold yet...don't even know who makes it, but you know I will now!

butterfly said...

Fab technique - thanks so much for sharing...
Alison x

Wendy said...

what a fabulous technique, it looks great!

Edwina Sutherland said...

I have to try this and share it with my friends! Thx!

cal8007 said...

First time visiting your blog via Craf Gossip. Thanks so much for your tutorial, I didn't think there were too many steps. Is that gold the same thing as perfect pearls?

Fantastic tag!

Carmen L
cal8007 at aol dot com

crafter1953 said...

I can't wait to do this, it looks so good and your pictures and text make it clear enough that if you can read and look at the pics then can't go wrong. Thanks for the information.

Angelica Chambers said...

Wow! This is cool! I have to try it now!!!