— A local company is looking to create a new type of mountain stock that can be used for painting in the summer and winter months.
The company says it has developed a system that will allow people to paint iron mounds using just a few minutes of time.
“It’s like a watercolor, except the paint is a little bit lighter,” said Michael Gaudreau, who runs Iron Mountain Paintings in Wilsons North Wilsontown neighbourhood.
Iron Mountain PaintINGS is one of many businesses that are using a process called “mixed-surface painting” to create mounds of iron and other materials.
It involves using two or more surfaces to paint and then using sandpaper to remove the paint.
A few months ago, Gaudreson started to think about using a mix of clay and iron that would allow for more durable results.
He’s now developing a system to produce a durable mix of materials that will be used in his company’s painting.
While the process isn’t cheap, it can cost up to $100 for an 8-foot-long mix of sand and clay that will create a solid piece of wood or other hard material, Gaultreau said.
Gaudreau is hoping the process can be made more affordable.
For now, he says the company is developing the system for use at the annual Wilsonia Craft Brewers Conference and other events.
But he says he’s also hoping to offer his services for free, because the cost of creating the paint depends on the material and its size.
“We want to be able to make these for a very low price, so that people don’t have to pay,” he said.
The company’s website is still being updated, but you can now buy a paint mix for less than $50 on the company’s online store.
When it comes to creating the mix, Gautreau says it’s a matter of adding chemicals.
One method involves using sand and liquid nitrogen to melt the clay and then pouring it over a steel plate.
The mix will then be poured onto the steel plate, where it will be painted using a mixture of different chemicals, he said, including formaldehyde, ammonia and formaldehyde resin.
Other techniques include using water to create bubbles in the mix and pouring in more liquid nitrogen.
The paint will be applied to the metal, which is then hammered down, then sprayed with water.
Once the paint dries, it’s left to dry overnight.
After that, it will dry on a canvas.