We offer you two styles to choose from, and you can see many examples of each style in our photo gallery. The Antique Wash technique gives the design the appearance of having been painted a long time ago by Native artists using brushes made of grass, reeds or animal hair. Part of the canvas will show through and the Antique Wash is also extremely translucent when observed from the inside. By contrast, the Solid Paint style creates clean, crisp lines, covers the canvas completely and is much less translucent. Our photo comparison shows ‘Two Natives on Horses’ painted in the Antique Wash style vs. the same design painted in the SW Paint style.
‘Two Natives on Horses’ painted in Antique Wash style
‘Two Natives on Horses’ painted in SW Paint style
The color palette of the Antique Wash style uses soft colors that have the organic hues and tones of natural plant minerals and dyes. The color palettes of the Solid Paint style consist of either primary, bright colors or the tones of the South West. Unless you specify otherwise, we will stay within a specific color palette when painting your tipi.
This photo comparison shows ‘Chasing Horses’ in SW Paint with a terracotta top vs. the same design in Bright Paint, with a bright red top.
‘Chasing Horses’ in SW Paint
‘Chasing Horses’ in Bright Paint
‘Chasing Horses’ in Antique wash
OUR COLOR PALETTES