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Heavy Metal – Reactive Paints

View a YouTube, Cindy Shepard CZT  creates a tangled bird using gesso, Inktense pencils and an old book page. Fun!!

My classes for ‘Heavy Metal’ – also called Reactive Metal paints – are always popular. We experiment with turning almost everything… from Art Journals to hearts, and from canvas to jewelry into surfaces covered with genuine metals.

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I use four VerDay reactive metal paints: iron, copper, bronze, and brass. An old paintbrush works well to apply the initial coat. Next I apply Patina (special reactive solution) with a spray bottle. The solution reacts to make the genuine metal particles ‘bloom’ into amazing colors… iron turns a rusty orange, brass to green, bronze to blue, copper to verdgris in only a few minutes.

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I was honored to be invited to demonstrate the techniques to the Mid-Cities Art Club. Enthusiastic members were fascinated by the outcome. My favorite VerDay reactive paints come from TENSecondsstudio.com . My book ‘Rust and Patina’ tells all about using the paints, and gives dozens of sample ideas of what you can do with the metal paints.

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Zentangle Pattern, enjoy and create!!

Zentangle #148

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Suzy Allen CZT 

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The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc.  and is used with permission. Learn more at zentangle.com.