Let's Color! Paints & Pastes
CardMaker|Autumn 2017
Let's Color! Paints & Pastes

It’s only appropriate that this issue’s coloring column is inspired by autumn. Natural aging effects, rustic textures and colorful leaves are the influences for the following techniques using chalk paints and pastes.

Colleen Schaan

Painted Paper—Classic Vintage

Layered and distressed paints create a natural aging effect that adds charm and character to any project. Recreate the look on paper with this classic vintage technique using chalk paints and neutral wax.


  • White cardstock
  • 2 contrasting colors of chalk paint (dark and light)
  • Neutral wax
  • Paintbrush
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Lint-free cloth

Step 1: With a brush, apply dark chalk paint to entire surface of cardstock. Let dry completely (Photo 1).

Step 2: With a stiff brush, apply neutral wax randomly to painted cardstock (Photo 2). Remove excess wax with a clean cloth.


You can read up to 3 premium stories before you subscribe to Magzter GOLD

Log in, if you are already a subscriber


Get unlimited access to thousands of curated premium stories, newspapers and 5,000+ magazines


Autumn 2017