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!

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