Frogs for A Cause: Leaping for Life

FROGS FOR A CAUSE: LEAPING FOR LIFE is a public art and wellness project aimed at encouraging family exercise and movement. With project leadership by NB&T and Kishwaukee Hospital along with participation by the business community, painted fiberglass FROGS will be on display throughout DeKalb County from July – October, 2011. Each FROG on display will include a family activity and wellness tip. In addition, pledge cards will be available for families to document the type of physical activity, the duration and the frequency. Cards may be turned in at any NB&T branch location for chance to win one of 250 pedometers and a Grand Prize family vacation to Wisconsin Dells.

Proceeds from the purchase of FROGS benefit youth scholarships at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA.
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I started with the plain white fiberglass frog. Next, I measured out the lines and applied copper tape used in stained glass work. I painted and glazed the white rectangle, then used a sponge to add umber and black paint to antique it. The copper tape was then polished to remove any paint film and patina was applied to darken the copper to a deep blue/purple. The entire piece was then gently washed to remove the patina and stop oxidation. Finally, several coats of automotive sealant was applied to protect the paint and keep the copper tape from pulling up. This particular frog was for Foster & Buick Law Group, LLC. Previously, I had created their "Huskies on Parade" sculpture as well as their interior artwork.
Frogs for a Cause in process…

This is what I do in my spare time for fun!

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