The factory finish on these heavy resin lion statues was flat, substandard and clearly not
holding up well outside. The lions were in dire need of a facelift and were worthy of a richer,
more authentic concrete look.
With a little imagination and a few artistic mediums, these lions went from shabby to majestic
in no time at all.
Do you have resin statues or other accessories that you would like to give an authentic
concrete look to? Would you like to create a finish suitable for outdoors? If so, this is the
tutorial for you!
Start by painting your piece in a 50/50 mix of French Linen and Pure White. Just one coat
provided sufficient coverage for these once dark grey lions.
Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone is a no VOC, no odor plaster product with an aggregate
texture. It can be easily tinted with paint to create a custom color. For this project, you will
mix 1 part Graphite with 5 parts Fine Stone. A plastic teaspoon works well for scooping and
measuring. Brush this mixture onto your piece, focusing on the raised areas, leaving most of
the crevices light grey. Adding the darker color will create more depth in your finish, while the
Fine Stone gives you the texture of concrete.
Fine Stone is an exterior grade product, making it ideal for adding texture to garden statuary
and other pieces intended for the outdoors.
In it’s natural state, Fine Stone is white in color. Without tinting it this time around, add
another layer of Fine Stone to your finish, creating even more depth and texture. You can do
this while your graphite mixture is not quite dry. It will mix in places with the white to create a
third color and even more dimension.
Once you are satisfied with your finish after having applied the non-tinted
Fine Stone all over your piece, allow it to dry completely before applying your sealer.
Artisan Enhancement’s Clear Topcoat Sealer is a water resistant, exterior grade finishing
Using a good quality brush, such as Artisan Enhancement’s 45mm Topcoat Brush, apply a
thin layer of Clear Topcoat Sealer to the entire surface of your piece.
Allow the first layer to dry for 24 hours and then apply a second thin layer.
A beautiful, hand painted finish with an authentic concrete look is easily achievable with the
right art mediums and tools. These lions are now ready to grace a lovely garden or stand
guard at an entryway or front gate!
Disclosure: This is an Artisan Enhancements sponsored post, however the opinions and ideas expressed here are
mine and I will only ever promote products that I enjoy using and feel may benefit my readers.
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