summer art: the making of traditional paint

Summer is a busy season. There are a lot of photo jobs, many fun things to do with friends, and I have a summer cottage to take care of and spend time in. This is my way of saying: sorry about the very infrequent blog posts! To show you that I’m not just being lazy this summer,  I thought I’d share some photos from a wonderful couple of days two weeks ago, when I painted the summer cottage with my partner and a couple of very good friends.

We made the traditional Falu red paint ourselves, mixing ingredients and boiling the paint for several hours. It was the first time I ever did this, so it was quite exiting! Everything worked out well, and we managed to make the cottage look a bit happier. See for yourself!


It was high time to paint the cottage, as you can see.


One of the good things about this traditional paint is that you don’t have to remove the old paint – you just need to clean it up a bit. We spent one evening doing just that.


The following morning, we started making the paint. Apart from the pigment, it consists of water, flour, ferrous sulfate and linseed oil.


The pigment goes in last, so we spent 2 hours cooking 20 litres of this not-so-tasty-looking porridge. It needed to be stirred all the time, so it was good to have interesting people around.


After adding the pigment, it finally started looking like paint! Then we just had to wait for it to cool down enough to be applied to the walls.


We boiled the paint in 3 separate buckets, but mixed it all up before we started painting, to make sure we wouldn’t get different shades of red on the walls.


… and the painting could begin!


Apart from the mosquito clouds around our heads, we had a lot of fun! The making of the paint and the painting took the whole day, but then again, we counted on that.


Before and after.


Everybody working hard (except the photographer, of course). Pay attention to the stylish clothing, mostly assembled from the old stuff my grandparents, who gave me the cottage, left there.


The result! The white corners are the next project, but it already looks much better, I think.

See? Not pure laziness. 🙂


7 thoughts on “summer art: the making of traditional paint

    • Thanks, Pip! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. 🙂 Sometimes I wish my life would be a bit more like that… But I’m very happy anyway.

      Thanks for the comment!

  1. I’d always been curious about the making of that paint – now I know! Thanks! The cottage looks utterly charming, and having good friends to help is wonderful!

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