Verdigris – What Is It?

In the new year, I will be doing a verdigris treatment in a client’s home on some of the walls in the living room and kitchen area. She didn’t know what it is, but when I showed her a sample she was hooked.


What is Verdigris?
Verdigris is a bluish-green encrustation or patina formed on copper or brass by atmospheric oxidation, consisting of basic copper carbonate.
The name verdigris comes from the Middle English vertegrez, from the Old French verte grez. The modern French spelling of this word is vert-de-gris (“green of grey”). It was used as a pigment in paintings and other art objects as a green color.
In the Middle Age, it was made by hanging copper plates over hot vinegar in a sealed pot until a green crust formed on the copper.

(One of Valentina’s wall texture and verdigris décor).

Today we can reproduce verdigris on anything: wood, metal or walls, we can paint doors, chairs, furniture, stair rail, picture frames, household objects and anything we would like to give a patina of weather. Ciao,

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