While in France my three traveling companions concentrated on taking photos of the sites. I, on the other hand, was searching for colors, authentic patinas and old hardware. My task was a little challenging in that sometimes people were sitting on the objects I wanted to crawl around looking for the best chippy/peely. Most of the time I couldn't get close enough to a set of shutters or a door. This is what I did manage:
This is a detail of a wall in Versailles. It was beautiful!
My suggestion: Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue mixed with Old White
Or: American Paint Company Dollar Bill with Prom Dress
Or: Miss Mustard Seed Kitchen Scale with Ironstone
In this image a little darker blue is still on the edges.
My suggestions for the darker low-lights (and from here on out I'll abbreviate):
APC: Beach Glass
MMS: French Enamel
What do you think?
Any antique white and dark wax? Lots of dark wax.
It would certainly take the right piece.
I would suggest putting down the gold metallic wax of your choice where you want it. Then laying your favorite white over it in layers. One thing that might be fun is to put down a couple layers of chalk paint and then go over that with milk paint. The milk paint will crack giving an interesting naturally aged look.
Terra Cotta should be easy, right? Depends.
AS: Mix some Burnt Orange with a teeny bit of Napoleonic Blue. Add Arles if desired. (Ironically, the next few images were actually taken in Arles.)
APC: Well, I'm not sure. This one I have not tried. I can only offer a guess: Orange Grove with Amber Waves.
MMS: Apron Strings and Linen.
AS: Emile with a little Old White. You could also add Old Violet if you want the color dulled down a bit.
APC: Dawns Early Light and dark wax.
MMS: Tricycle with Mustard Seed Yellow and Kitchen Scale. Add Ironstone as desired.
AS: I would try Antibes Green with Chateau Grey that has been lightened a lot with Old White.
APC: Dollar Bill with dark wax.
MMS: Lucketts Green mixed with a bit of Boxwood.
AS: Arles mixed with Old White. Louis Blue with a lightened Henrietta twig. Old Ochre tipped with Provence.
APC: A little Tumbleweed mixed with Home Plate. Try Plymouth Rock with lightened Beach Glass tips for the tulip shape.Some lightened up Surfboard, but I've not seen the pink color used on the twig in American Paint.
Something for me to research!
miss mustard seed