|10 Simple Steps to a Metallic
#299 - February 2007
Many old masters worked in metals to create their masterpieces. They
employed elaborate tools and nearly mystic techniques to shape bronze,
copper, silver, and gold into works that are as breathtaking today
as when they first sprang from molds centuries ago.
Now imagine being able to apply the same coveted qualities of those
metals to any wall in your home. The tools are much simpler: a seamless
paint roller, a cloth rag, painter’s tape, and white chalk.
Likewise, the skill
|required can be cultivated
in moments rather than decades. And while you won’t technically
be working with metals, you will be using a collection of glazes that
are formulated to simulate the color and texture of desirable metals.
Like all glazes, these are transluscent, which simply means they allow
the color underneath to show through. This also means that the base
coat is just as integral to the technique as the glazes. For this
project, we chose Benjamin Moore’s “Yukon Sky,”.
This vivid, blue-violet color, once washed in layers of glaze, hints
at a steely blue that completes the illusion of metallic blocks.
The blocks themselves are where the real artistry begins. By first
designing the blocks on a scale drawing of your wall, and then transferring
that design to the wall itself using chalk and painter’s tape,
you can easily create your own art work that will be framed by everything
else in the room.