If your brick is not in clean condition, you
must clean it before painting or decorating. Wash it with soap and
water; rinse and let it dry thoroughly.
If the brick is to be painted, first paint the
brick with Gesso, a white medium that acts as a primer to prepare
the surface. It can be found at most art supply stores.
Once the Gesso is dry, (it may need two coats),
you can paint your brick.
Depending on your design, you can paint all
sides or just one or two.
Check out our website:
www.breastcancerbricks.org for ideas to see what has been done in
the past. Use your imagination, but most importantly, use your
If you are using oils or other slow drying
medium, PLEASE give it enough time to dry.
Once your brick has dried, coat it with
polyurethane or a clear acrylic paint to seal it. You might use an
Interior /Exterior Latex Semi-Gloss, one that is 100% acrylic and is
water clean-up. This can be bought at most paint or hardware stores.
Some artists have found that the paints they
use respond better if they do a pre-seal coat or two with a fixitive
spray such as Krylon Gloss or Semi-Gloss Clear Finish. Then do a
final coat or two of the acrylic sealer. This is a protective
measure so that the painted bricks will not change when applying the
If you choose to use other medium for your
brick art rather than paint, please make sure that any glued on
items are very secure. You can also coat these bricks with the
polyurethane for a final seal if you feel it is needed or is
Please put a pink ribbon on your art brick
somewhere, sign your name and include the year.
Please enter the artist biography and the
inspiration for each brick using your registered online account at
ww.breastcancerbricks.org. To create an account, click on the Artist
tab to register.
Thank you so much.