Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Home and Garden Thursday

Posted by MAKMU ta On Wednesday, March 14, 2012 No comments


3rd Thursday - Thrifting/Crafting:

I have been wanting to create a decorative look to my Four Seasons
cast-concrete statues situated in their new home. I moved them from the northeast corner of the garden, the new White Garden, to the brick parterre garden on the west-side.
 I love their cute shape and I didn’t want to 
paint them white as I had done several of my other statues.

That's when I thought of Verdigris

source Flickr

I found a few examples of beautiful Verdigris statues as my inspiration. I love the aged appearance contrasted by the bright blue-green of the color.

source Flickr

source Flickr
I searched for concrete stains – especially homemade recipes. The first I found used copper sulfate and salt – it did create a bright green liquid, but did not effect the shade of color I wished for my statues.



Then I thought – spray paint. I have a variety of greens, blues, and metallic colors which could create the antiqued verdigris I was hoping for.
before                                               after 

before                                               after

I sprayedthe entire statue with Brushed Metallic Caramel Latte – it is a lighter colorthan copper, but gives the effect I was going for. I then alternated GivernyGreen- or – Pistachio Green with Deauville Blue (an old Martha Stewart color) then I added here and there a muddy, forest green to imitate moss.

I keptlayering the colors and sponging over to take away some color and to combine theblue-green color I was after.

Followingviewing the examples of the pictures I found on Flickr – to age the statues – Idribbled watered down black and burnt sienna watercolor paint to replicate the effects of time and weather.

Afterthe statues completely dry I plan to seal them with a concrete sealer toprotect the finish.

Iplan to attempt another stain recipe in the birdbath – 
if it works – fantastic!If it doesn’t – I’ll play with paint again!

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Home and Garden Thursday
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1st Thursday – Home Décor
2nd Thursday – Garden 
3rd Thursday – Thrifting or Crafting
4th Thursday – Recipe or cooking tips
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French Inspiration Thursday @ The French Cupboard
Open House Party Thursday @ No Minimalist Here
Thrifty Thursday @ Tales From Bloggeritaville
Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Power of Paint@Domestically Speaking
Air Your Laundry Friday @ The Freckled Laundry
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home 
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence
Potpourri Friday@2805
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff and Nonsense
Springtacular Crafts @Random Thoughts
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper
Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Show Off Your Cottage Monday @ The House in the Roses


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