No one likes to talk about aging but me... I have a love for making things look old or new, yes the process can be very tedious but is always worth it at the end. (Oh you thought I was talking about aging, aging as in getting old and wrinkly well not today.) Sometimes you make mistakes along the way and have to start over but just like aging in real life you have to have patience. I've stained and aged everything from doors, steps, furniture, windows and as of yesterday bamboo.
There are tons of ways to stain things theres the wrong way and the right way. If you have a color choice in mind it is simple you pick a color of aging you're looking for and go with your imagination. Bamboo staining is very artful and can take hours to complete depending on how detailed of a look you want. There are different shades of staining bamboo because of the many color changes it goes through. Over time bamboo can experience over 100 changes in color from red to charcoal and everything in-between.
The project I was working bellow is for a prop for a garden magic TV show (don't ask). The concept for the bamboo is to make a replica of the bamboo that already exist in the garden. The bamboo will also be used to hide video cameras which is very cool and creative. The color the designer had in mind for these were grey tones dark to semi light grey. It was to look as if the bamboo has been fenced for years without to much original color exposed.
The picture above shows the raw bamboo which has already started to change colors over a period of time. If you look closely you'll even see some chalk white coloration and every shade of tans you could imagine.
In the picture above you can see the tips of these were starting to change. Depending on the environment these were originally in the coloring could've come form neighboring trees when it rained or from leaning up on a wall theres no telling.
In this photo I painted a base with a tone of grey mixing black and white paint. Up close this doesn't look much like anything but as the process goes on it begins to change.
This prop is also used in the garden, something old and stained to look rusted and will look good on camera and for people who will be walking by.
Up close you can see the process of blending colors to make an effect come to life. Browns, greens and even mixing wood staining can really put the finishing touches to your idea.
After a variety of spraying colors on the bamboo it starts to look right as we intended it to. I used a mixer of carmel color paint and grey to get this look. On one of the coats of paint I mixed lots of water to allow some of the original bamboo to peek through for a more natural aging look.
The heavier coats and finishings I sprayed about 3 feet away from the bamboo to give it an uneven spray. This really takes time and lots of patience to do so take breaks in-between so that you don't get overwhelmed. I didn't take breaks I worked 5 hours straight on this because of the number of panels that need to be done in the amount of time given.
Each panel has two sides with a fold in the center.
All together I painted about 16 panels of bamboo.
There you have it a days work attacking something new that I can take with me for when the future presents a similar project to me. I really enjoyed this task and all thanks to my mentor Korey Washington for always trusting in my skills and having a job for me. It is truly an honor when he calls to ask if I'm free to work and my answer is always HELL YEAH! Thank you Korey for being such a bright light at the end of the tunnel.
Aging & Staining
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