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)
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.
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. You can really see the details. The dark wax gets into all the crevices revealing the beautiful carvings. Really- these details were hidden under all the dark wood and layers of lacquer. The wax also gets into the worm holes to really show the authentic patina. The 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!