The new Vintaj Patinas for metal have been on my radar for a while. I was able to try out the new metallic colors and glaze at CHA this year and they offer some fun ways to alter metal. I was totally inspired this morning by a photo of leaves and wanted to work up something that captured the colors of the autumn leaves. I knew it time to pull out my collection of patinas and paint up some metal.
What I love about the patinas is how easy they are to apply and their instant gratification. Just put a little dot on plate and them brush it onto your metal. That’s it. Done and over. You can layer on other colors or mix the colors like paint on your palette. No chemicals are needed, no sealers. That’s my kind of color system!
For the project above I used the opaque colors of amethyst, ruby, ochre and rust. There is a whole rainbow of colors available including the new metallics. Now why is the Renaissance wax peaking out of the corner there?
Well, let me tell you – the patinas can be shiny when they are a solid color. I didn’t want to buff them to make the metal show, I liked the opaque, saturated color. So I pulled out the wax and dabbed on a light layer changing the patina to a matte finish. Ah yes, much more my style.
When opaque the patinas almost remind me of enamel. Use can use the glaze for different wash effects. They can be used as a faux natural patina on metal or go crazy painting up your metal in fantasy colors.
Check out Lorelei Eurto’s results from last week. I love how she did the patina on the chain. So many possibilities, so little time.