Painting On Bricks (Tutorial)

 Baldhead Lighthouse

Baldhead Lighthouse Brick

      Turn ordinary paving bricks, often used for walkways and driveways into unique works of art. This tutorial shows how to prepare bricks for painting.        The pavers can be purchased from stores like Lowes and Home Depot, or you may already have bricks on hand. Since bricks tend to have rough edges, we want to start by making the bricks as smooth as possible.

Step 1. Using a hammer, lightly tap the roughest edges

Step 2. Since bricks easily soaks in paint. Use from 6 to 8 coats of a water based primer, letting each dry. I use a white primer.

Step 3. Add your image and if you choose add your signature and date of completion.

Step 4. Add a gloss to protect the finished artwork.

Step 5. Glue felt to the bottom of the brick to protect surfaces.

Although these decorative bricks were made to be doorstops, I find that most of my clients display them on shelves, mantles, bookcases, and tables. I think that painting on bricks is truely a labor of love. I would love to hear from you and I hope that you will pass this tutorial on to others. Happy Painting!


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