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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Voilà! Verdigris!


Verdigris is the natural result of condensation on copper, bronze, and / or brass.  This blog will show you how to quickly and easily experiment with paints to create a verdigris technique that works well on a variety of surfaces.


1) First, start with the object you wish to transform.  I'm using the piece from the ornamental keystone / lintel of the house that our #greenhouse windows originated from. 

Make sure it is clean and dry.  Use a metal brush, if necessary, to remove any foreign particles. My lintel piece had some mossy growth I didn't want on it. Use the wire brush gently, as it can damage things easily.



2) Chose a metallic spray paint for the base color: Copper, Bronze, Silver, or Gold. 


I used Gold Metalic. Spray the object with the metallic paint and allow it to dry completely.



3) Using a small paint brush, apply the blue color of your choice. For this project I used acrylic paints from my art supply collection.




4) Next, take a rag, or small piece of paper towel, and wipe some of the blue paint off, leaving some of it, but not all. Allow to dry. 



5) Using a small paint brush, apply the green color of your choice. 


6) Again, take a rag, or small piece of paper towel, and wipe some of the green paint off, leaving some of it, but not all. Allow to dry. 



7) Using a small paint brush, apply the white paint. Wipe off any excess white paint, exposing the other colors beneath. Allow to dry.



8) Gently use a kitchen scrubber, or fine sandpaper, to expose more of the colors underneath. Pay particular attention to any raised areas, and recessed areas, to give the object a worn, natural look.



9) Once you have the effect you desire, protect the finish with clear varnish. I used a matte clear spray paint seal. Allow to dry. 


And voilà! You have a verdigris treated work of art!


Remember that you can apply this technique to many various surfaces, as we did to the main shelf of our potting bench.



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