Monday, February 3, 2014

Heart Halves & A Verdigris Paint Technique

What to do with 2 halves a heart?  Why put them together of course and make the heart whole. 
heart art reclaimed wood heart verdigris paint technique http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/02/heart-halves-verdigris-paint-technique.html
If you cut carefully when cutting out the heart frame for the heart art I shared HERE, you will end up with 2 heart halves.  I wanted to do a verdigris paint treatment on these.  I knew it wasn't going to look like metal, the wood it too rustic.  I didn't want someone to think it was made from metal, I just wanted the finish to have that verdigris look. If you do want to you this technique to look like metal, use it on a more smooth board or wood--something like plywood. 

Start by painting the item copper. After all, verdigris is a natural finish or patina that occurs on copper items.
heart art reclaimed wood heart verdigris paint technique http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/02/heart-halves-verdigris-paint-technique.html
I used these three paint colors next.  This is just what I had, anything similar will work.
heart art reclaimed wood heart verdigris paint technique http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/02/heart-halves-verdigris-paint-technique.html
Dab and stipple the paint on, don't completely cover the copper paint.
heart art reclaimed wood heart verdigris paint technique http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/02/heart-halves-verdigris-paint-technique.html
Blot some of the paint off with a paper towel (watch for paper towel design impressions) or t-shirt cloth.
heart art reclaimed wood heart verdigris paint technique http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/02/heart-halves-verdigris-paint-technique.html
When the paint was still wet and with the same paint brush, I stippled a bit more copper paint on.
heart art reclaimed wood heart verdigris paint technique http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/02/heart-halves-verdigris-paint-technique.html
When this is dry, I sanded a bit.  If you want it to look like metal and not wood, skip this step.  I used some dark Annie Sloan wax over the paint. Then use watered down white paint over the top of the wax.  It will bead up,
heart art reclaimed wood heart verdigris paint technique http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/02/heart-halves-verdigris-paint-technique.html
but blot it with a t-shirt cloth to leave some parts more white than others.  This is very subtle.
heart art reclaimed wood heart verdigris paint technique http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/02/heart-halves-verdigris-paint-technique.html
I then joined my heart halves together with a little copper wire.
heart art reclaimed wood heart verdigris paint technique http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/02/heart-halves-verdigris-paint-technique.html
I was going to add a rusty key or a tag with a verse on it, but decided I liked this one simple and plain.
heart art reclaimed wood heart verdigris paint technique http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/02/heart-halves-verdigris-paint-technique.html
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17 comments:

  1. Wonderful colors and great idea. Watching your actions and be delighted. Greetings warm-aga

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  2. I am in love with this project! I can't wait to try something like this. Pinned and sharing on my FB page. Thank you!

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  3. I love it Becky it is wonderful. I've seen some hearts with the sections pieced together and wanted to give it a try. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, your heart is gorgeous as always!

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  4. Such a nice weathered patina. Love your style Becky!
    Deb

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  5. Love this technique! So pretty!

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  6. Oh my goodness, Becky, this is just gorgeous!! I am getting the saw out, asap!! Thank you so much :) You rock!!

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  7. Very nice technique...thanks for sharing this adorable project.

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  8. Love it! Pinning now! ~Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home

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  9. Wish I could paint like that... sigh.... :)

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  10. This is so beautiful! I am a big fan of mixing the paint colors to get just the right look! Right now I am on a gold, metallic black and teal kick.

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  11. I've been meaning to put the pulley/belt back on my band saw. Now that I see this, I'm going to do it!

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  12. And brass. And bronze. Verdigris (literally green-grey) occurs during the aging of all 3 metals, each with it's own patina. Copper tends towards the turquoise blue, and brass and bronze tend towards greener hues. I'm guessing in No. America we get our ideas about verdigris from old plumbing with copper pipe; but in Europe, where verdigris was coined, it would be the familiar sight of centuries-old bronzes with the trademark green-and-smoke-grey.

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