Verdigris Sailfish

Verdigris:  a green or bluish deposit especially of copper 
carbonates formed on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces. 

This is a sculpture of my sister's and the finish had worn off so she spray painted it
....blue and silver
She asked if I would give it a verdigris finish...

I started by priming with rust colored primer. 
 I almost forgot to take a pic before I went to the next step which is to spray with green...explains the rust AND green in this pic

Lightly sprayed with a dusty green...

I left some of the rust color showing when spraying. 
The rust will give the look of weathered copper underneath all of the other colors...

Then I just start layering color, using very wet paint. 
 I started with black then went to a dark green/black mixed and finally to varying shades of this turquoise color...

After applying wet paint, I dab off with soft cloth as I go. 
I think the key to any faux finish is using layers and layers of color and just playing with it as you go....

I let it drip down when applying the paint just like the finish would be if it were a copper piece getting rained on and out in the weather...




I finished with a clear satin finish spray

It's big...about 4 feet tall...


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