PAINTING VERDIGRIS MIRRORS - my techniques


Verdigris is the common name for the natural green patina
formed when copper, brass or bronze is weathered
and exposed to air or seawater over a period of time.




I painted these vintage oval mirrors in a
turquoise verdigris and I will explain what I did. 



These plastic framed mirrors were original gold.
The gold color was going to represent the
weathered metal of true verdigris.


I gold frames had been painted in a white latex white and they sat around long enough to fully cure. (1 month)
I wanted it to be strong to hold up to the distressing I would be doing later.


The top layer was a turquoise mixture of Annie Sloan Chalk
 Paint in Florence and white. I scrubbed back the turquoise to
 expose the white with a kitchen sponge and I use a razor 
blade to scrape back the white exposing the gold. 

The oxidation process is rather rough and unpredictable on
 real metal and using the different paints helped achieve that look.


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