Paris, week 1 – Patinas workshop

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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For more information about the workshop: http://www.gppf-formation.fr/formations-ipedec.php

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