My friend LollyChops is going to love this project – it uses shades of her most favorite color, TEAL! I found this sad little piece of key art, broken and golden, at Hobby Lobby. I’m sure it wasn’t supposed to be broken, and what likely happened is someone said “Do these keys come off?” and then tried it. Not that I’ve done that myself. I’m not really a gold person, so I decided to brighten up this key art with some paint and Mod Podge. Here’s how I made my key portrait.
Gather These Supplies
- 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
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.
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.