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Playing With Bricks




Let's see, where were we? Ah yes, painting bricks. I remember now.

The color that I use for the base color of the bricks is Brown Iron Oxide. Looks like this:


I now have all the bricks painted brown, see?


Whaddya mean all bricks are not brown? You mean I'm not finished yet? Nope, I'm not. Gotta add some more colors in. I'm going to use three different colors, Dark Burnt Umber, Hippo Gray, and Red Iron Oxide. I'll start first with the Dark Burnt Umber.


I'll put two drops on a plate (you can use either paper plates or styrofoam, doesn't matter, whatever's handy), and you only want to start with two drops. I'll then take a cup of water and dip my brush into it and then put the brush into the paint. What I'm doing is thinning out the paint with water to make a "wash".


And I keep dipping my brush into the water and swirling it around in the paint until I get it really thin. If your paint is too thick, then you end up losing the texture of your bricks that you worked so hard to make, so make sure it's thin.


When you think you're done add just a bit more water. Then take your brush and tap it on the plate just to check the thickness of your wash and to remove the excess paint off your brush. Add more water if you need to.


For the sides of the house (and because I'm left handed and drag my hand across things, I have to flip the house the other way and start at the bottom), I'm going to paint one brick on each row with the wash that I have just created. Try to look for bricks that you've run together with the brown paint and paint one of those so that you can "re-define" your brick, if you need to. Just dip the very tip of your brush (I use a soft brush for this) into the paint and start randomly painting bricks.


And now I've got the bottom of one side of the house painted with the dark burnt umber, see?


When I get close to the window, because I'm working in a smaller area, I'm going to switch and paint one brick on every other row. Remember, we're still adding two more colors after this one.


When I get to the part above the window, well that's a really small space, so I'm going to switch to every third row. Don't want to make too many bricks different, because it wouldn't be realistic. Just use your eye as you're painting, and see what looks right to you. If you need to skip more rows, then do that.


And now I've got one side of the house painted with the dark burnt umber.


Next I'll be moving to the front of the house, and I'll paint two bricks on each row with dark burnt umber. First though, because you're rounding a corner, look for bricks on the edge that you've painted with dark burnt umber.


See this one here?


You'll need to continue with that brick in dark burnt umber so that you stay consistent with your bricks.


That's all for now. Next we'll move into the painting of the front of the house.

Compliments of LPCullen



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Linda -

Thank you so much for taking the time to show how you mix up a wash and paint the bricks. I'd love to try this. It looks fun.

The brick work on your Orchid is looking really great.


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An absolutley great tutorial on making these bricks! I have been a bit hesitant as to start either bricking or adding "stones" to the exterior ealrier but I now feel confident enough to actally get going pretty soon! Thank you!


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Thanks Linda

I do need details and you certainly provided that! I am definately going to try this and will post pictures when I'm done. Thanks again for taking the time to show us how to do this.

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