Dark wax- part two.

So- yesterday was my mini break from Old White.  It will continue tomorrow…….can’t wait. Today I finished the side table with the dark wax technique over Antibes Green.

You remember how it looked after painting?  (even with the bad photos)

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The above three photos are two coats of paint.  In the photos from yesterday all of these details were not even visible- now they are starting to be a bit clearer.

Below is about how much wax I add.  And then I wipe off with a cloth.
IMG_5047 IMG_5048 So dark wax technique is quite simple but for the first time painter I wouldn’t recommend it.  Basically it is a subtractive method.  Add the dark wax and then wipe off.  The longer the wax is left on then the darker the effect will be.  I basically wax on and wax off not waiting at all.  Much like the Karate Kid.IMG_5049 You can really see the details.  The dark wax gets into all the crevices revealing the beautiful carvings.IMG_5050 Really- these details were hidden under all the dark wood and layers of lacquer.IMG_5051 IMG_5067 IMG_5066 IMG_5065 IMG_5061 IMG_5060 The wax also gets into the worm holes to really show the authentic patina. IMG_5058The only problem with this method is that it can get messy.  I usually wear latex gloves when wiping off.

This method is also really great with some of the more vibrant colours like Provence, Emperor’s Silk and of course Antibes- toning down the brightness.  The dark wax over graphite creates an almost black- also really great colour!

A change of colour

When I opened my shop a year ago I didn’t know what to expect.  I believed that what I did would be successful but there was still a bit of uncertainty when opening a shop- not to mention opening a shop in a country that is not my own and then of course speaking another language!

From the very first month I made a profit.  A small one in the beginning- but I have always been able to pay my rent from my sales.

So now I have a larger space.  And it is full –just like my smaller shop was.  And I am busy.     Really busy.  I have expat clients as well as Polish clients.  I do work for interior designers and I have just recently been on a t.v. show which airs on December 25th.

This adventure has been really great- I am thrilled because it doesn’t seem like a job- which makes going in to work a joy.

However…..I have a few clients who would like their furniture painted- I am happy to do this and it is a big part of my work–but I have been painting so many things in Old White that my head is spinning.

Don’t get me wrong–I love Old White, it is a great colour, but after painting sooooo many things in Old White….I have been yearning to paint in a different colour.

Which is what I did.  I took a break from the Old White and decided to paint a little side table with Antibes Green.

This is how it looked before:

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Soooo sorry for the poor quality photos!  I never can seem to remember to bring my camera….I am hoping Santa brings a few additions to my camera 😉  maybe this will help me remember!

Anyway, this piece is really quite old but the details are really great.  The legs are beautiful, the carving details are super and it has authentic worm holes!!  (this is a good thing.  I love painting furniture like this.  Once the colour is on it all of the details really shine through.  And I can’t even say how great Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ is for this kind of job- not having to remove all of the old varnish is worth its weight in gold!

So I painted it in Antibes Green- I needed a colour jolt after painting so many things in Old White.  Actually, this piece really screamed Antibes to me.  I couldn’t imagine it in any other colour.

IMG_0893This is after one coat.  Antibes has great coverage but this piece was quite dark so for something like this- two coats is necessary.

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IMG_0899The above three photos are after two coats.  You can really see the details so much better!

I will do the dark wax treatment on it tomorrow with a bit of an explanation of the technique.

Dark wax can be daunting but for bright colours like Antibes–the effect is super.

But that will have to wait until tomorrow!

Annie Sloan Work Book

I have been waiting for an order of paint for a few weeks.  My distributor in Holland didn’t have all the paint I needed from England so she needed to wait, causing my wait which caused a back up of paint sales in Poland.  Seeing as at this moment I am the only stockist of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Poland (there is another one coming soon!), I sell to the entire country and the most popular colour here is “Old White”—which I didn’t have!

Anyway…..as a gift for the long wait, my distributor gave me the Annie Sloan Work Book which was just released last month.

I didn’t buy any because I really didn’t think they would sell here- based on language differences.  I have heard good things about them- these books can only be bought through a stockist, which follows Annie’s business philosophy.  So not expecting this book in my delivery,  I was so thrilled when I found it in one of the boxes!

Basically, like the name of it suggests, it is a work book for ideas and inspirations.  Not only that- it has loads of tips and suggestions.  It has the ability to be used as a great tool for references.

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Inside are simple drawings and advice for colour selections based on furniture style or period. It is also made from sturdy paper and encourages you to paint, draw and write your inspirations and ideas in the book.
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I love this book!  Actually, I don’t want to write or paint in it- it is far too nice!