Sloshing paint for fun and money


It’s wonderful having a shed/workshop/pondokkie where I can slosh paint to my heart’s content without covering floor, walls and ceilings with plastic sheeting.  The shed is waterproof-ish, windproof-ish, a bit cold in winter, but big enough for all the junk I want to keep out of sight and with a lovely sturdy workbench which is already splattered with paint.  I have bowls on the floor to catch the rain that leaks through the roof, but no matter, it’s a great space for messing around with paper and paints.

I’m doing paper mache and decorate paint finishes this week.  The elephants* are made of air drying clay and it’s painted in a verdigris decorative effect.

The first step is to paint the whole thing with rich gold paint (Plascon) a lovely bronze coloured gloss enamel.  Then comes a layer of dark green acrylic diluted thin.  Paint the green on and wipe it off quickly before it dries.

Wipe it off?  Oh yes wipe it off with a paper towel, but not all of it.  Leave the bits that find their way into the nooks and crannies, crevices and curls.   When completely dried, start the next layer, which is light blue.  Paint on, wipe off.  The final coat is white, and voila you have a paper mache box that looks like verdigris, except it won’t poison you.

* No elephants were hurt, harmed, startled, stared at or harassed during the making of this box.



South African writer, crafter and all round animal lover
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