TO GIVE THE NEW STATUES in my Pool Garden an old-world patina, I turned to my friend Michael Laudati (above), who is a professional make-up artist. Would you like to see how he transformed my Satyr and another cement figure into works of antiquity? His process, which takes only 10 minutes, is surprisingly simple:
A spray bottle, filled with plain water
A bucket or a large bowl
1 pint clear water
1/2 pint concrete bonding adhesive
2 tablespoons charcoal-colored, water-soluble pigment (we used Quikrete Liquid Cement Color)
1 lint-free rag (we used an old cotton T-shirt)
In the bowl or bucket, mix together water, bonding agent and pigment.
2. Dip the paintbrush into the color-solution, and apply the color to the area you’ve just wet.
3. Using the rag, immediately wipe any protruding, or “high” areas. (In nature, high points of a statue are always lighter in color than indents and creases — the “low” points.)
Continue steps 1-3 until the entire statue is colored.
4. Step back and look at your work. Are details sufficiently pronounced? Michael and I thought certain low points, such as the Satyr’s eyes, and also the indents between its torso and arms, required accentuation. Consequently we applied a second coat of color to these areas.
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