Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Upcycling: gold leopards to stone leopards


Just like Medusa from Greek mythology, I turned these leopards into stone. 


Or at least, faux stone.


When I was sorting through Christmas décor, I found these leopards at the bottom of a box of holiday décor. The leopards are made from paper mache and I think they were a gift. They’ve never worked with out with my holiday look…


I started by covering the leopards with a white paint primer.


To achieve this faux stone look, I mixed the same white paint and some leftover grout. 


Once the white paint grout mixture was dry, I distressed the leopards a little. I know there’s special paint you can purchase to give projects a distressed look but I used Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding in silver. 


I applied the gilding with a cheap course bristle brush very sparingly and used a toothpick to add a few dots here and there. Close up the gilding has a pretty metallic sheen. 


It would be fun to apply this faux stone or as I call it {Medusa} technique to a variety of objects.


This project is linked at the parties listed here

5 comments:

  1. Gosh Carolyn, I was just thinking today "how could I make some slick-looking pottery into more of an earthenware look?" and I think your paint and grout technique might just do the trick! Thanks for sharing your "Medusa" touch.

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  2. that is so very clever of you to think of adding sandy grout to alter the texture! great results and I'm a fan of the silvery touch too. I'll have to remember that liquid gilding product you mentioned. It's just amazing how many versatile products are available :) great job!!

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  3. Leopardi su ti prekrasni,pomislila sam da su isklesani od kamena,nikad ne bih pogodila da su od papira. Sviđa mi se kako si ih pozlatila...
    Pozdrav.

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  4. Grout, huh? I have to stick this on my pinterest, what a neat idea. But to be fair, this is a wonderful post altogether. I have to say, I love the kind of ancient egyptian look of the "before" leopards. Like something Tutankhamen would have played with as a little boy, before ruling an empire became his job and he had himself killed. Poor lad. Anyway- the after- look is even better! You don't just go for spray paint, do you? :) And your photography is stunning. Take THIS, snake head!

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  5. I'm loving these revamps of painting animal toys!

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