April 29, 2012

Old School Red Paint

Ever admire an old barn or building painted in glorious shades of red? I love the juxtaposition of red buildings set in a golden prairie and I was happy to find a document, while procrastinating working at the archives the other day, that conjured these visions for me.

Check out this recipe for paint ca 1909…

 Recipe for Making Paint

Made as follows, and no more should be mixed than is to be used that day; Stir into one gallon of milk about three pounds of Portland Cement and add sufficient Venetian red paint powder to impart a good color. Any other coloured paint powder may be as well used. The milk will hold the paint in suspension, but the cement being very heavy; will sink to the bottom, so that it becomes necessary to keep the mixture well stirred with a paddle.

Apply with an ordinary whitewash brush.

 

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April 29, 2012

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Nicole Scott