This short tutorial will tell you how to get an oxidized paint effect just like the one you see on the custom Mini Munnys pictured below.  The tutorial is very simple requiring some paint brushes, blue and green paints and some water. 

Generally, you can use this effect on any medium that will hold acrylic paint, so if you want to make something look good as old, then this is the ticket. 

If you like the overall design, you can also reference the tutorial on "How to Sculpt 3D Stitches". 

These toys will also be available at DesignerCon on November 21st.

Step 1: Background Metal Layer

Paint the first layer of your piece.  It's often nice to use a metallic coat, so you can follow these steps to get a brushed metal look. 

  1. Remove your toy from its packaging.  If possible, diassemble all of the parts to make fore easier painting of hard to reach areas.exploded-view-qee
  2. Paint all of the pieces with a thin layer of black.  It’s not important that you cover it with a thick layer.  What’s more important is that you begin establishing the direction of the brush strokes.  It’s typically easiest to just paint vertical strokes, but it may differ from one toy to another.  black-qee
  3. Now we’ll be throwing on the brushed metals.  Take some black paint and mix it with your metallic paint of choice.  You want about a 3:1 metallic to black ratio.  Don’t mix the paint thoroughly.  Just give it some quick stirs, but leave some swirls.  Also leave some black that’s unmixed RIGHT next to your metallic mix.  Cover the toy with the metallic mix while remembering to keep the same brush stroke direction always.
  4. Dip the edge of your flat brush in A LITTLE black and the other half in the metallic mix.  Work this combination into sections of the toy so you get a bit of a black to metallic gradient.  brushed-qee-1
  5. Now for the final touch.  Take one of your smallest paint brushes and use your metallic paint unmixed on every sharp edge on the toy.  Any seam or ridge should be highlighted to give it the true rustic look.ears
  6. That’s it!!  Now do whatever you want!  We might recommend using a clear coat to finish him off or just protect the base coat before you do anything else.

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