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art secrets: liquid blue corrosion

art/foto by smith 

lots of folk ask how i create the blue wax-like finish in my art.

i share this formula with any who desire it… my dead mom mother dwarf smith used it, my dead brother cat smith used it, my live wife the lovely lady kathy ireland smith uses it – i use it.
 
lets say a pint of Liquitex Matte Medium (or gloss, or the cheaper roplex, or any acrylic polymer medium which dries clear)… add 1/4 teaspoon of copper powder or gold powder or brass powder (we get it at an art supply store, or sometimes a sign supply store)… add 1/4 teaspoon of salt… may or may not add a wee bit of water… shake vigorously… starts to turn blue almost immediately, but keeps turning for awhile.

any of the above measurements may be varied – i never make it the same way twice… too fond of chance, and hate to run a run course.
 
the water makes the goo much runnier but also bluer.  i work flat on the ground. sometimes paint it on, frequently pour it on. use it as glue and drop stuff in it. good trick is to cover pot metal or rust with it – rust rusts thru due to salt and turns quite orange… pot metals oxidize whitish, sometimes with yellow bubbles of sulfur depending on cheapness and manufacturing process.

the various copper, gold, brass powders oxidize different shades of blue, blue-green, green.
 
the oxidation process changes over months, slowly assuming different shade, etc, so you’re using chance, chemistry, perhaps physics, and time as art elements – which tickles my little zen brain no end.
 
thin layers are transluscent, can be read thru. can also pour into cookie molds and have copper objects, but they are pliable so need reinforcement.
 
everyone is welcome to this process cuz we all go different ways no matter what we try to do.


2 Responses to “art secrets: liquid blue corrosion”

  1. ke says:

    As always you are most generous.
    I had wondered how you got that affect (effect?).

  2. smith says:

    it almost sounds selfish, but i’ve always found the more you give, the more you get – tho you never get if you give counting on getting… it’s a weird sum game that’s no game unless you’re game (sorry, i can’t resist).

    plus my art’s my art – i don’t care if another uses exactly the same pieces, tools and techniques because their art will be their art.

    kathy and i share, give, support in word, foto and art – no competition. mother dwarf and i were the same way.

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