How to Distress With Acrylic Paint over Metallic Paste by Candace Jedrowicz

Eco Robot by Candace Jedrowicz

This is the year of the Robot.  Well, it is for Candace Jedrowicz who is planning to build an army of robots!  Candace demonstrates how to distress a project with acrylic paint over metallic paste, a totally fabulous look for any robot!   Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s Metallic Paste Over Acrylic Paint YouTube video tutorial


Plastic bottle
Large bottle caps
Electrical wire
Clear spray can top
Beads for eyes
Odds and ends for body parts – I made polymer clay hands and found a cool hose part for the very top
Acrylic paint – copper and dark brown
Metallic paste – I used Patina Rub n Buff
Paper to cut out gears and screw heads
Scissors, punches and needle tool

Gather some interesting looking recycle bits to build your robot. For texture, I punched several size circles and used small hole punches to clip half circles around the edges of the paper circles for the look of gears and screw heads.I used electrical wire because it’s thick enough to become strong arms and legs but it’s easy to bend.
If making a robot, do as much of your assembly construction as you can before you paint to avoid scratching through it. Paint the entire project with your basecoat paint (I used copper) and let dry.Pick up metallic paste on your finger and dab on a piece of scratch paper before rubbing over the edges of your textures.If you get too much paste on any area, wipe it immediately with a paper towel.
Since the metallic paste dries right away, you can start your distressing as soon as you’ve applied it. Brush on mall areas of brown acrylic paint, wiping back with paper towel as you go.The object is to create an antiqued effect to outline your texture pieces.
Here you can see the paint has been wiped off and highlights the edges quite well. Continue distressing until you have the look you want.Pick your character pieces thoughtfully.  I think the beads I chose for eyes bring the whole project together.


About Tiffany Windsor

Born into an artistic, entrepreneurial family, it is no surprise that Tiffany has found success expressing her talents in many different arenas. As the daughter of Aleene Jackson, America’s beloved “Mother of Crafting” and inventor of Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Tiffany’s first love is expressing herself creatively. Tiffany is well known in the creative community as the producer and host of Aleene’s Creative Living Television show and editor of the companion newsstand magazine. She has made regular appearances on QVC and HSN and has authored numerous hard-cover and soft-cover books. She is an active member of the Craft and Hobby industry and co-director of the CHA SoCal Chapter. Tiffany is the founder of Cool2Craft, featuring an on-line creative community and popular YouTube channel. -

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