Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Key portrait

Nice vintage decoration idea. Easy to make if you have old keys and a nice frame. 

Thanks to Mod Podge Rocks! (


-Sad wall art

-Mod Podge Fabric
-Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer - Gloss
-FolkArt Acrylic Paint - Jamaican Sea, Ocean Cruise, Calypso Sky, Titanium White (optional)
-Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint - Pool Blue, Cool Blue, Regency Blue
-Fabric, coordinating piece to cover your background
-Paintbrushes, one small and one medium
-Craft glue

Start with a fun piece of wall art. It can be broken. Or not.

Take the goods off. I had to pry slowly so as not to break my keys. Patience is a virtue, my friends. Remove the back of the portrait from the frame.

Sand down the background (if you need to) and then paint it Titanium White. My background was dark, so it was necessary to paint a lighter color so that the background doesn't show through. It will definitely show through if the background is dark and the fabric isn't thick. Allow to dry.

Make sure your fabric is washed, dried and ironed. Prepare the fabric with Mod Podge Fabric - this means putting the fabric down on a non-stick surface and applying a medium layer of Mod Podge. Allow to dry. You can now cut the fabric without it fraying, and it's easier to apply to a finished surface because it won't wrinkle.

Here I'm applying Mod Podge to the back piece. Apply a medium layer and then lay your fabric down - smooth, smooth and smooth! Push all of the air bubbles out and wipe away any excess Mod Podge that comes out the sides. Allow to dry. Once the fabric has dried to the back piece, give the top another coat of Mod Podge. Allow to dry.
Paint your frame with Jamaican Sea. I used the tiny brush and gave it several coats. It went on surprisingly well, and I really enjoyed the painting. Very cathartic.
TIP ALERT: So what am I doing in the photo above? It's a technique I'd like to share with you. I've laid the frame over the background, put the keys back in and then put some color chips down to figure out what colors I wanted to paint my keys and in what order. MAKE COLOR CHIPS for your paint colors now if you don't have them - even if you simply paint strokes in a notebook. It will help you immensely when you put color palettes together or are trying to match something, because colors in the bottle DO NOT look the same when dry. I'm done preaching now.

Paint your keys with your paint colors. It's going to take several coats, but it's fun.
Don't forget to use your small brush to paint inside the little grooves and holes.
Glue the keys down with your craft glue. Allow to dry and then give the key portrait several coats of Mod Podge Gloss sealer. It shines and then it's chip proof.

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