OK, maybe I’m the oddball here, but how many of you have contemplated whether or not COVID-19 is going to have an impact on gardens this year? I keep thinking that people have so much time on their hands that their gardens are going to be spectacular this season. Gardening is one activity that is mostly COVID safe. There aren’t that many activities that feel safe these days, so we may as well work in the garden, right?
It will be interesting to see whether or not we notice a difference as the season progresses.
But in the meantime, I’ve been breaking out the re.design with prima moulds and the Dixie Belle patina paint and creating a few treasures for my own garden.
I started by digging out some clay pots and other garden ornaments.
All of them had been used, so before I got started I washed them in soapy water and made sure they were completely dry.
Next I pulled out one of the newest moulds from re.design with prima called Ancient Findings.
Aren’t they fun? Sort of like coins and medallions.
I used prima’s Modeling Material to make up a few to glue to my pots (you can read more detailed instructions on how to make the mould here).
When applying a mould to a curved surface, be sure to glue it in place before it dries. The molds are pliable at first and can be manipulated, but once dry they are quite hard. I used regular Elmer’s wood glue to attach these.
I let the moulds dry for a couple of days to make sure they were fully dry before moving on to the next step.
Then I pulled out all of my Dixie Belle patina paints and sprays.
I just realized my photo above doesn’t include the Copper paint, and I used that one as well. I thought it would be fun to try a few different combinations of the paint and spray.
I hadn’t used the blue spray yet, and I was wondering how much of a difference it made to use green spray v. blue spray. To test that I pulled out a resin acorn finial that I had on hand. I painted it using the Bronze paint, then sprayed one side with green …
and one side with blue …
Yep, you definitely can see the difference between the spray colors. In this case, I prefer the green … but that’s going to totally be a matter of personal preference.
Next I moved on to my pots. I first painted them all using the Prime Start. Technically, the Prime Start is only required if you are painting over metal. With other materials like wood, or clay in this instance, you can just prime your piece with any Dixie Belle paint. I often just use a coat of Midnight Sky because it creates a nice blank canvas for the patina. But this time I used the Prime Start.
Next I painted a couple of pots with the Iron paint, one with the Bronze paint and one with the Copper paint.
The combination of Iron paint and green spray creates a rusty finish.
These pots aren’t looking terribly rusty yet though. I find that the rusty finish in particular takes more time to develop.
The candlesticks I shared back in March are a good example of that. Here’s a comparison showing how much rustier they are after six weeks.
So keep this in mind if you are disappointed with the initial results of your rusty finish. You have to give it some time to develop.
The combination of the Bronze paint and the green spray gives you a gorgeous verdigris patina, and this develops much more quickly than the rust.
I think this is my favorite look overall for the pots.
The Copper paint with the green spray lends itself to a tad more dramatic look.
If you’re going for that classic verdigrised copper look, this will give it to you.
You’ve probably already noticed this, but I just can’t get enough of the Patina Paints. It’s so much fun taking an old, tacky thing and making it look like a genuine ‘ancient finding’.
How about you? Have you tried any of the Patina Paints?
As always, thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing the Patina Paint products, and to re.design with prima for providing the Ancient Findings mould and Modeling Material used for today’s project.
If you’re looking for Dixie Belle products you can find them here.