Mold: Saddlebred (G2)
Color: Quasi-stone in Blue, Black, and Silver
Medium: Acrylics, Liquitex Phthalocyanine Blue
Status: Painted 200? and Sold 200?
Blaustein means ‘Blue Stone’ in German and is one of my less creative names. This little gal was one of several models that I painted in a semi-faux-stone pattern (Philosophers Stone and Gold Digger were painted in a similar fashion). The color wasn’t meant to replicate any particular stone, but rather the painting methods normally used to do so.
I started with a plain white base and added a random black pattern and black points. I tried to make sure the black patches had nice sharp edges to them and were roughly lineal, to keep them looking as unrealistic as possible.
Then I went back over the pattern with a layer of phthalocyanine blue. Since the blue is translucent the black pattern came through clearly, but I was still able to get a nice blue hue overall.
On top of the blue I added the silver with a small stencil brush, keeping the runs roughly perpendicular to each other in an imitation of stone strata. Then I finished her off with realistic eyes and hooves and gave her a nice thick glossy finish.
I think the effect overall came out quite nicely. While the phthalocyanine blue can be a pain to photograph, it creates some wonderful depth to the patterns. I don’t lean towards the completely unrealistic patterns on my models, so it’s nice to break out of the box sometimes.