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Greyscale decorations

Give a look to basic objects by gluing chipboard ornaments and using the verdigris patina.

Necessary material

For the photo frame:
  • Greyish-green patina (two-bottle system)
  • Photo frame to decorate
  • Ornament "node" in chipboard
  • Pébéo green almond deco paint
  • Spray varnish
  • Glue
For the gardener:
  • Ornament in chipboard
  • Zinc planter
  • Greyish-green patina (two-bottle system)
  • Gesso or underlay of your choice
  • Spray varnish
  • Glue

Steps

  1. Making the photo frame
  2. Manufacture of the planter

Making the photo frame

Apply almond green paint on the frame

Apply almond green paint on the frame

1. Apply a coat of almond green paint to the photo frame and let it dry. If necessary, paint a second layer.

Decoration effect of aged bronze

Decoration effect of aged bronze

2. The chipboard ornament will be decorated with the green-patina patina system for an aged bronze effect. The product is in the form of two bottles respectively containing the bronze paint and the oxidant. Apply with a soft brush the bronze paint and allow to dry. Then pass the layer of oxidizing product. The verdigris effect will gradually appear, the reaction time being from one to five hours.

Spray a spray varnish to protect the patina

Spray a spray varnish to protect the patina

3. To protect the patina, spray a spray varnish on the ornament before gluing it to your photo frame. Avoid the application of liquid varnish with a brush because this operation could damage the verdigris effect.

Manufacture of the planter

Apply a gesso as a primer

Apply a gesso as a primer

1. Since most decorative zinc or iron objects are rust-proof, you will need to apply a coat of primer to the planter before making the green-gray decor. It is possible to use a liquid or spray varnish, that you will apply on all the outside of the planter, or a gesso.

Apply bronze paint

Apply bronze paint

2. Once this layer dries, apply the bronze paint and allow to dry. The chipboard ornament will also be painted with the bronze color, without the need to use the primer. In a second step, apply the oxidizing product on the planter and on the ornament; leave on for a few hours then glue the ornament on the planter. As seen previously, spray a spray varnish to protect the patina.

Idea

Idea

For a little more sparkle, remove with a brush very little bronze paint in the lid of the bottle and rub the decor verdigris. The asperities of the object will be highlighted.

Greyscale decorations: frame

The verdigris patina can be applied to materials such as earth, wood, metal, glass, cardboard. It is also possible to mold shapes with a mass of casting and to skate them.

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