Saturday, 21 February 2009
Ageing Your Cauldron.
My cauldron's had its final coat of paint (top picture above) and now needs to be aged. As you can see this is a large cauldron and would be perfect in size for an outside witches cooking scene. Where all the witches gather together and stir up their brew in the open air
For the next stage you will need raw umber paint and burnt umber paint. If you dont have these colours use something similar. You will also need a firm brush, kitchen towel or paper and water.
We shall make the cauldron look like its been used many times and get rid of the solid black.
First of all use raw umber paint (Bottom picture below).Dip your firm paintbrush in and then wipe most of it off either on kitchen towel or paper (either is fine). There should just be the slightest amout of paint left in the bristles. This is called dry brushing and you will need to rub the brush all over the cauldron on the inside and out. Its almost like a tickling and you can build up layers of shade. Tickle one coat all over the pot to get rid of the solid black.
Dip your brush back into he paint again, rub most of it off onto tissue and then dry brush your handles. Dipe the paint again, rub most of it off your brush and working around the base of the cauldron start to build up shade. Like what you see on pots that have been over a flame where the base becomes tarnished. You may need to do this a couple of times.
Can you see in the picture that the cauldron now doesn't look all solid black and has beome quite matt rather than shiny like it was before.
Its dark here and working under artificial lightso the tones are not showing too well.
Back in a few mins with the next colour... took my time with this one because had to eat.