Copper Patina with DecoArt Chalky Paint Finish
Copper Patina Inspires Chalky Paint Ideas
The arrival of the new DecoArt Chalky Paint Finish was exciting…The first thing was trying them on something to decorate the patio outside my art studio. Ah Ha! I had the perfect project in mind. While visiting France last fall, I was taken with the beautiful statues that adorned the old courtyards and fountains of the villages. They seemed to be everywhere. The copper and bronze metal statues had aged beautifully, showing off the blue green patina we all love.
While cleaning up the corner garden this spring, I found my forgotten little angel well hidden under an overgrown rose bush. Once beautiful, made of white stone composite, she sat between pink rose bushes. Sadly over the years she didn’t fare well. The birds pooped on her no matter what I did. One time my husband and son even used her for target practise with a paint ball gun! Can you imagine? Poor little thing, I gave up on her and she slowly disappeared under the bushes along with the bird poop, and splotches of red and green and yellow that didn’t wash off like they said it would!! Chalky Paint finish here I come!
Garden Angel gets a Good Cleaning before Chalky Paint Finish!
My angel was about to be transformed with chalky paint! In my excitement I forgot to take the step photos to show how pathetic she looked before her transformation. Next time I will. I set out to give her a good scrubbing with the garden hose and a wire brush. Once the gunk was gone, then another scrubbing with dish detergent, a good rinse and dry well in the sun.
Creating the Patina with Chalky Paint
Once she was dried I painted her with several shades of aqua and turquoise which I randomly mixed from a few of the colors. I used a couple of large flat brushes to apply the paint, which by the way I loved working with it. It is smooth and creamy and gives wonderful coverage. Once the whole statue was painted I began to layer thin applications of a lighter value of the chalky paint, controlling it to stay out of the crevasses and creases. If you study the first image, you can see the brighter color remaining in the creases. I used a large soft brush to soften any hard edges.
Add Detail Touches of Metallic Paint Luster to Mimic the Old Copper Oxidation
Once happy with the overall coverage, I began to work with the DecoArt Metallic Lustre creams. I used the Iced Espresso color to create a very soft lustre here and there. You can see the brownish hue on the edges of the wing feathers. I applied this sparingly with an old stiff brush. I decided to take it a step further. Returning to the chalky paint, I put about a spoonful of the lighter colors in a little plastic container, and thinned with a little water. This made the palest blue…Very slowly, I drizzled this with an eye dropper and let it follow the path of least resistance. (like it would in nature). I let it run and pool where ever it landed. This added detail replicates the natural oxidation streams found on old copper or bronze statues. You can see the details in the images below.
I have to admit, I am in love with the finished results. I had an old wooden pillar in storage and used the same treatment on it. The pillar formed the base for the angel and she now sits proudly on the covered patio, surrounded by flowering planters for the summer. I have since applied the liquid wax finish (that comes with the chalky paint) to the base. Will do the same to the angel. She wont be exposed to the elements and is under cover, so I am not too worried about the finish. If the birds come to poop on her, I will be some upset! LOL!
Would love to hear your thoughts on this fun project, I enjoyed every minute of it and hope you too are inspired to give it a try. This type of treatment lends itself to many subjects, not just stone angels!
Enjoy – Neadeen