Learn how to create faux verdigris…the easy way! So simple but gives such an elegant and realistic look.
I’m back today to share one of two tutorials I promised in this post I shared last week: “How To Paint Light Fixtures (without taking them down!)”
If you missed that post, pop on over and see the tutorial I did in that post for changing the color of your light fixture with paint…and yep, without taking down the fixture. :)
Today I’m I’m sharing how to create faux verdigris and I’ll be back on Thursday sharing the faux patina finish.
You can see both in the post I linked above.
This is how my light fixture started…..
And how it looked after I gave it the faux verdigris finish….
So much fun and truly so easy to do.
I’ve created a video on how to create faux verdigris finish because I thought it’d be easier to show you how than tell you how. ;)
But I’ll also give step by step instructions here too.
How to Create Faux Verdigris Finish:
- If the item you are giving the faux verdigris finish to is not already a bronze or copper color, you may want to give it a quick spray of Oil Rubbed Bronze or Copper Spray paint. If it happens to be a light fixture like mine that you don’t want to remove from the wall, you can use something like this product to brush on. Or any other liquid based metallic paint of your choosing.
- For this technique, I used Baroque Art Gilder’s Paste Wax.
- I create a brush-able product by adding a tiny bit of mineral spirits to the gilder’s paste.
- Using a small artist’s paint brush, brush on this gilder’s paste liberally. However, you don’t want full coverage so keep that in mind as you are applying.
Let some of the bronze show through.
- Let this dry.
- Next, using an old t-shirt or rag, buff away a bit of the past wax to let more of the bronze/copper show through.
- Make a mixture of water/white paint, preferably chalk style paint because it has the correct texture finish for this next step.
- With a bit larger artist’s brush, brush on the very watered down white paint. Let it go into the creases but don’t apply so much that it turns white.
You want it to be almost haze-like.
- Using an old rag or t-shirt, wipe some of the white paint away if you’ve gotten too much on there.
- Once that is dry, move on to the next and final step. Apply gold paint.
- For this step, you will use another small artist’s brush just slightly dipped into the gold paint. Wipe most away on a paper towel and then with a very light hand, hit the high points on the piece. You can apply as little or as much of this as you like.
- You are done! You can apply a sealer at this point but it’s really not necessary with these products. A little finish up buffing might be nice.
NOTE: Keep in mind, this is just a guideline. You can go darker on the green/blue or lighter. You can use more white paint or less and you can add more gold “highlights” or fewer.
I went a little heavier on the green/blue (gilder’s paste) on my chandelier than I did in the video. It’s a personal choice and will probably vary by piece and by style, so use your judgment and do what you like! :)
Here’s a few photos of the process described above on how to create faux verdigris finish:
Painting on the gilder’s paste.
Rubbing back some of the paste to reveal more of the bronze.
Adding the watered down white paint….
You can see that hazy white here….
Finished up with gold….
Okay, onto the video.
Let me first say, I’m SO not a pro at this!! ;) And I don’t love my voice…or hearing my voice, lol. Eeek.
And I’m sure there are ums and awkward pauses and such but hopefully the tutorial will be easy for you to follow and understand regardless. :)
I hope that made sense! :)
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below. (or email, if you prefer)
More posts in the “back to basics” series:
- How To Update Light Fixtures Without Removing Them
- How To Create Faux Patina (and video)
- How To Dry Brush (and video)
- 26 Types of Chalk Style Paint
- How To Transfer Images
Happy painting, making and creating!
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