Here’s Annie talking about her new Black Wax.
‘The Black Wax can also be used for a Farmhouse look, although this one is different again. As I said before, if my Dark Soft Wax ‘antiques’ my pieces then my Black Soft Wax toughens them up! (Perhaps more ‘Barn’ than ‘Farmhouse’ – there’s definitely something industrial going on). I love using it to create pieces that have a roughened look, something which works particularly well with the Warehouse trend (I write about all of these looks in my book Room Recipes for Style and Colour).
The Black Wax also picks up on the texture and the grain and this can be emphasised by the way in which I apply the paint, using my own Pure Bristle Brushes. I apply paint in all directions when I want a really textured piece – back and forth in smallish strokes, and I use a fair amount of paint on my brush. A couple of layers really helps to build up texture and, also, I never sit down when I paint, I use my whole arm not just my wrist – give it a try!
Oh, and in the same way as you need to use the Clear Wax when adding Dark Wax (applying it first to help you control how the Dark Wax works into the piece), you will get the best results by using it with my new Black Wax too. The White Wax can be used alone and I can’t wait to see what how you use them both!’
Annie Sloan and Soft Wax work fantastically together. We generally wax everything we paint for protection and to give a beautiful mellow matt finish. We find thin coats applied with a brush work best for us, but you can use rags or whatever works best for you. Work the wax into the surface a bit like how you would apply balm to your skin. One question we get asked a lot is ‘How much Wax do I apply after painting?’ The answer is ‘not a lot!’ We put on a thin layer of wax, just about enough so you see a slight colour change, then rub off any excess as well. A simple test if you’re unsure is to run your finger across the surface after waxing – if you can see ‘tide’ marks (like in the picture) then that’s too much – wipe some off.
And did you know you can mix Clear and Dark Wax together to make your own Mid-Tone Wax, I do this a lot and it’s great on bare wood, I find it also works especially well on old scaffold boards! Not only that but you can also mix Clear Wax with the paint to create coloured wax! Have an experiment and see what you can do.
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