We’ve been playing again! This time, I had to try out American Paint Company’s new mica powder. It comes in a glittering array of gold, silver, copper, pewter and black. I wanted to try the copper on our latest piece, a beautiful console/buffet.
I wanted to also try American Paint Company’s Beach Glass under Lincoln’s Hat. I’ve seen some great results from fellow furniture artists, and have to say, we were pleased as well!
After painting the Beach Glass and then the Lincoln’s Hat, it was time to distress it down to allow for the turquoise show through in various places. We used 150 grit sandpaper rather than using a damp rag on this project so that the colors would not blend together.
After we waxed the piece with both clear and dark wax, it was time to play with the mica. I applied it directly and liked the results, but then decided I wanted to mix it with the clear wax to ensure it would not simply rub off after time. NOTE: Even when applied without wax, the mica powder did not rub off.
I tried using a small paint brush, which works well with some applications, but in this case, I found using my finger worked best.
It was a joy playing with the Mica powder! I hope you’re inspired to try it – a little goes a long way!!!!
I look forward to playing with more American Paint Company products and hope you’ll come in and see the pieces in person – and are inspired to play with the paints and finishes too!