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Painting the Camouflage Table

Rustic Paint Techniques to jazz up your old rustic salvage

Camouflage painting is my latest fun way to play with color. It's not really camouflage but that's where I got the idea. The best way to describe it is that it's how to make your furniture blend in to your style

Here's what I used for painting the camouflage table: one hand me down table, square top and sleek legs in kind of a jungle style.

The top was glossy black (again, not my look) so I sanded it to give it some tooth for the paint, which is just acrylic craft paint from the dollar store; I usually get blue, yellow, red and black and white, with which I can make any color of the rainbow, but in this case I had other pre-mixed colors too - mostly greens and several yellows and blues.

Mixing these with a bit of metallic gold, burnt umber and other browns gives me a rich palette of van Gogh like colors.

The first coat was applied with the largest brush, in swirls to give lots of texture to the background.

First coat, using a 3" brush

Third coat; smaller brush again

Second coat; 1" brush

More colors, same size brush

Those first four coats were only the background for the fifth coat, using an even smaller brush for the more intense texture.

Each layer is important to add depth to the finished creation. I will most likely add a protective clear coat to the table when it dries.

I prefer to use a matte or satin finish so that the glare doesn't prevent you from viewing the design.

With the smallest brush to add more texture; this is where I stopped

It's important to know when to stop - too much just makes it look busy and messy. It's best to leave some areas with a more basic texture, and pay attention to the swirling of the brush strokes (or dabs, in this case).

So, go ahead; keep your eyes open at the thrift store or garage sales for something to serve as your next canvas.

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