DIY Faux Leather Cross
By Mixed Kreations on May 29, 2013
This cross with wings is a special order that I received. I was asked to paint the larger cross so that it would resemble leather.
Never having painted anything to look like leather before, I of course turned to my good friend Google. You can find out how to do just about anything on Google.
Supplies Needed For This Project:
Small cross Wings cut from plywood
Antique gold acrylic paint
Burnt umber acrylic paint
Antique white acrylic paint
Couple plastic grocery bags
First draw the wings on a piece of plywood. Cut out, and sand.
Paint the wings with antique white. Need to coats to cover. Let dry thoroughly between each coat. Then float burnt umber around the edges. Once dry sand the edges to give it a rustic worn look.
Prime the large cross with gesso.
Mix up a small portion of Mod Podge (1 part) and burnt umber (2 parts). Mix well. Now grab one of the plastic bags and dip into the mixture and start dabbing onto your cross. Continue until you have the cross coated. Then turn your bag inside out for a clean part, and go back over it while it’s still wet, dabbing to remove any excessive paint.
Once dry mix up another small portion of Mod Podge, and burnt umber. This time using less Mod Podge, and a little more burnt umber. Get a clean plastic bag and repeat the process above until covered. Let dry, and if needed apply another coat. The less Mod Podge, and more burnt umber used will make the cross darker. But you do need some Mod Podge for the glaze.
Once you get the cross how you want it, and its dry. Mark off where you want the decorative tacks, and then drill small holes to get the tacks started, so not to split your cross when you hammer them in.
Now it’s time to assemble your cross with wings using gorilla glue, and it only takes a little bit, because it swells up (found that out the hard way). I did nothing to the little cross; I liked it just the way it was.
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