Monday, March 19, 2012

Faux Brick and Rusted Iron (Some Pics From Our Church's Christmas Set)

I remember promising you that I'd give you details about why I was so busy in December... oops!  It's only March now!  Well, here is one of the things I was working on:  The set for our church's Christmas production!  They presented the story of Christ's birth (in a modern and updated way).

"Joseph" isn't really painting here... that wall he is pretending to paint is a rotating panel that has three sides (so that they could change scenes quickly and easily)

The set was enormous!  I serve on the set-painting/design team and it has been such a blessing to me.  I worked on this set with two friends from church, Brittney and Deborah... it was a dream team!!!

The entire set was constructed out of wood, paint and polystyrene board (typically used for insulation).  We used some really cool techniques to sculpt and paint the faux brick.

We started with these boards and peeled off the plastic film

And then marked off where we wanted our mortar lines.  We used acetone (applied with paint brushes) to eat away at the foam and make indentations where the mortar would be.

Then we painted the brick

I used about 4 different paint colors, applied with a large kitchen sponge.

Then I painted in the mortar lines with a grayish-taupe color
This is what it looked like finished (complete with some graffiti).

Here is a close-up of the stairs;  they were made of wood, but we wanted them to look like old iron.
We painted them in black first.  Once that was dry, I dry brushed some orange and brown on top. 

Here is the set before we started painting

If you look closely, you can see Brittney painting the "concrete" on the second story...

and here it is all done!

This pic cracks me up; everyone who took part in this production did an amazing job!  And you get to see a close-up of Brittney's awesome job on the faux concrete.

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  1. Shirley said:
    You all did an amazing job.

  2. This looks great! Could you tell me the brand/color of paint you used. I am trying to get this same effect on one of my walls but I am having a lot of trouble with color choices.


    1. They were all old mistints that we had at our church... I would say get a brick red, an orange and a darker brown for the brick color. For the mortar a grayish beige would work. Sorry I couldn't be more help!


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