How To Distress with Water
I mess with stuff when I get bored.
Before I say that, I should tell you my definition of bored. To me, “bored” means I’m waiting for paint to dry. When this happens, I go looking around for more stuff to paint while I have wet paint on my paintbrush. (I said paint too much.)
I tinker, I wander, and stare at inanimate objects. Then I’ll go make some toast.
Coming back to my search for random things to paint, this day I settled on some cast iron hardware that has been staring at me in my office for months. I decided to “document” and share a technique (thatwordsoundstooformal) that I played around with in the past when I was… yup, bored.
I call this: distressing with water, because well…
I use water.
To distress the paint.
I think this works best on metal that has a texture to it, like cast iron, for reasons that will become clear….
What kind of paint?
Chalk paint, glossy latex paint, flat latex, partly dried goopy paint…
This is a two part process, so you might want to write this down. (Not really. I’m being sarcastic. There needs to be a special designated font for sarcasm.)
That’s it. Just paint it.
Wait a few minutes, depending on how thick or dry your paint is. (If you’re using really wet paint, you’ll want to wait a little longer. The point is not letting it dry very much.)
When you feel like it, go ahead, wash it off.
The dryer your paint, the stronger you want the stream of water. Just start off with a weak stream and test it. If too much comes off, it’s ok. Just start over, it won’t take long. Yeah. that’s what I meant by “play around”. Just re-paint, and try again until you get a feel for how your paint/water is behaving.
The texture of the cast iron helps “hold on” to some of the paint, which is why I feel cast iron works best for distressing this way.
After rinsing off some paint, lay your hardware onto a paper towel to dry.
That’s all I got.
Thanks for reading!
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