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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.


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.


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.