A little bird with a touch of Verdigris...

 Verdigris  :  the beautiful aged green patina that forms on copper after it has been exposed to the elements for a length of time..Its name comes from the Middle English vertegrez, from the Old French verte grez, an alteration of vert-de-Grice — verd (green), de (of), and Grice (Greece)— "green of Greece".

I decided to 'age' a gold frame that had an appealing design and shape. I painted it with a copper metallic paint and then used this 'verdigris' ageing solution.
Pleased with the results I painted this little chap in watercolor over the top of some old ephemera. To enhance the frame color I painted his feathers a similar green/blue verdigris shade. At a later date I will add a hand stamped copper plate inside the frame and then fill it with resin. This will give the work a clear glass protective coating which will make the frame an essential , connected part of the artwork .

I will post this again when it is finished.. Cheers , H xx

1 comment:

  1. Wow Helen, this is beautiful!! I love the rustic look and the blue of the frame really complements the little birdie inside.

    By the way, thanks for the comment you left on my last post... Yes, I've seen the picture of your little one and he's absolutely adorable! :)


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