We have had a lot of cool new products on the website lately and I have been a little bit like a kid in a sweet shop. One of the recent additions was the Vintaj Patina kits and I need to go public and state that I am officially in love with them. I was so impressed with the gold and silver that I decided to get the colours in. I have used them on metal charms, but did you know that they can be used to create a resist too? Here’s some charms that I painted and you can see there’s a range of finishes from the slick shiny black of the top hat to the chalky verdigris finish on the filigree embellishment.
All these charms started out as plain brass or metal – click on the image to see an enlarged version. As you know we also now have the Dylusions sprays on the website and I used a mixture of the patinas and Dylusions on the block behind the charms which was painted first with crackle paint.
I still haven’t fully explored the possibilities with these Patinas, but I love what I’ve seen so far. They clean up with water and mix with water based products and a little goes a long way. They contain a little ball and need shaken up before use like a lot of metallic products do and they come in the same type of bottle as the Ranger alcohol inks which means they have a fine tip, but they are liquid so don’t hold a rigid shape if you ‘draw’ with the bottle.
They are waterproof when dry and this means you can paint with them, then add a wash of colour over the top and your patina will stay put creating a resist type look. I only know that from the scrap paper under my work when painting these charms, I haven’t actually put that little nugget of information to a creative use – yet! (I’m thinking cut’n'dry and stencils …)
I’m starting to sort through my craft stuff ready to pack away and I’m building three piles. The ‘definite keep’ pile, the ‘stuff to get rid of’ pile and there’s a third one evolving, which is ‘stuff I want to keep, but not pack up in the hope I’ll get time to play with it over the holidays’ pile .
Guess which pile is biggest (hint, it contains the Vintaj Patinas)!