Paris, week 1 – Patinas workshop


It’s been a week since I started the school training in Paris and it has already changed forever the way I see a stone, a wear or a patina.
During this first week, we learned how to use properly the basic material to create a patina with paint.

In the broadest sense, a patina is the worn-out look that appears on a surface or an object with time. In this training, the patinas represent the different paint treatments used to create a texture, an effect, a worn-out appearance or specific backgrounds to recreate a wood-like and stone-like effect or even a sky!


The patinas are very very thin. You count it in micron and it can be done with a water or an oil based glazing. During this first week, we’ve only used the oil based one so far.


The first two days were quite tough on me because of the travel, jet lag and the very aggressive smell of the oil glazing. I had headaches at the end of the day but it was worth it!
I could spend all day looking at the shelves of the workshop: so many samples, materials and little treasures.

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For me, it is very strange to finally be able to put a name on techniques and procedures I have been using in my work, albeit instinctively. Up until now, I had never taken a proper painting class and have been an autodidact when it comes to creating a mural decor. Most of the effects I have created and gestures I have acquired are the results of endless trials and fortuitous findings. So it’s just wonderful to be able to theorize all these things!


Here are some pictures of my first trials. Still a long road to go when I see my instructor’s samples but I truly enjoy experimenting and practicing.


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