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mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2017 2:23 p.m. PST

I have not come up with a good color for terra cotta roof tiles (think Italy, Spain, Mexico). Any suggestions?

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2017 2:34 p.m. PST

There are several lines of craft paint that sell "terra cotta" paints. If you want artist colors, you might try raw sienna.

JimDuncanUK05 Aug 2017 2:40 p.m. PST

I use the Foundry Triad for Terracotta.

I used them on my Roman villa.



Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2017 2:47 p.m. PST

Try the Reaper "Redstone" triad.

mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2017 2:54 p.m. PST


goragrad05 Aug 2017 3:57 p.m. PST

The concrete roofing tiles I got for the house were a mix of reds and browns (including chocolate) to mimic real clay tiles. They match the soft brick exterior nicely.

As a product produced from natural raw materials there is potentially a large variation in colors.

You may get monochromes if the clay deposits are particularly consistent in a region, but variations from red to brown are par for the course.

JAFD2605 Aug 2017 6:02 p.m. PST

Salutations, gentlefolk !

The 'DecoArt Americana' line of craft paints has DA 62 'Terra Cotta', a reddish golden-brown. The Delta Ceramcoat line has 02071 'Terra Cotta', a muddy light-orange, 02097 'Georgia Clay' a light orangy-red and 02406 'Mendocino Red' which would be a close match for the tiles in Mr. Duncan's picture

There are many other alternatives, of course.

LostPict Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2017 7:47 p.m. PST

I use Krylon Rust Oxide Primer followed by 1:1 wash of Windsor-Newton Peat Brown Ink and Future.

Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2017 3:08 a.m. PST

"You may get monochromes if the clay deposits are particularly consistent in a region, but variations from red to brown are par for the course."
It does look much better if you do this. You can still paint the whole thing with the same base colour – and I'd second the Foundry terracotta triad though I'd also use a wash. Then pick out some tiles to do lighter or darker to give something closer to


Skeptic06 Aug 2017 4:39 a.m. PST

Note that the tiles in the last picture may well be a mix of reused and newer tiles, or of original tiles and replacement tiles.

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