Wanna know how to make some pretty painted Lucite flowers for yourself? Do ya? Huh? Well, listen up, because I'm about to tell you. You're going to need some kind of paint. I used Vintaj patinas. I know they adhere well to the Lucite and I haven't tried anything else, so what kind of paint you use is up to you. I used:
You will also need some glaze. I had this on hand, so that's what I used.
You will need something on which to mix those two things, as well as a mixing utensil. I went low brow and used a paper plate and some toothpicks. You'll also need some sponges. I'm known for being a bit messy, so I opted for some disposable gloves and I covered my work area in newspaper.
You will also need some Lucite flowers. I used some frosty white ones and some in colors.
Pour a little puddle of glaze on your plate and add a few drops of patina.
Looks pretty cool when you drop it in there, huh? Stir it around a bit and then dip your sponge in it and start sponging paint on the flowers. I did several in one sitting (maybe a couple dozen?) so by the time I'd finished sponging one color and started with another, the first ones were dry enough to hit with that second color. Just keep dabbing on paint until you get something you like. I used blue, olive green and teal with a touch of bronze on the ones in the first photo. Here's one during the process:
And here they are after I've done all the sponging I'm going to do:
Now comes the scary part: antiquing. Mix some glaze with a dark brown or black (or I guess you could use whatever you want - I used brown with a drop of black). Use quite a bit of glaze in your glaze-to-patina ratio here. Then go over the whole flower with it:
Told you it was scary. Now wipe off the excess, leaving the color mostly in the cracks and crevices. You should end up with something like this:
Let them dry well and then hit them with a coat of clear glaze to shine them up. Sit back for a minute and admire your handiwork:
Here are some others I did in different colors earlier in the week, layered up with some brass filigree:
Now for the disclaimers: I don't profess to be an expert at painting Lucite flowers with Vintaj patinas. I don't know if it's against any rules and I don't know if the resulting floral artworks will last into the next millennium. Nobody told me I couldn't do it, so I did. It worked for me. If you try it, I'd love some feedback. Have fun!!