Saturday, April 13, 2013

Annie Sloan Craqueleur




I love using Annie Sloan's Craqueleur for achieving an aged patina.  I picked up this white, ceramic madonna wall hanging at an estate sale because I thought it was kind of cute.


It was plain, white, and boring, so I added some depth and character with a little Chalk Paint, Craqueleur, and gilding wax.


I love the Chalk Paint palate and whenever a customer asks me my favorite color, I am stumped because I really love them all. I painted the crown in Louis Blue, the hair in Coco, the skin in Country Grey, the cheeks in Scandinavian Pink, the clothing in Old White and Antionette, and the base in Paris Grey.


It looked soft and pretty after I painted it, but I wanted to achieve an authentic, aged patina.  I applied step one of the craqueleur, let it dry, and then applied step two.  I used a blow dryer on a high heat setting after applying step two.  Every time I use the Craqueleur I start to think it did not work because the crackle is very difficult to see before using the dark wax.  After thoroughly drying step two and having a little faith that the crackles, although invisible, were indeed there, I rubbed the entire surface with Annie Sloan's dark wax.  The crackles magically appeared, giving the madonna and baby a glorious, patina! For a finishing touch, I used an artist's brush to sweep a bit of gold gilding wax over the wall hanging.


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32 comments:

pink*cherub*moon said...

Oh, Amanda! This is stunning! What a huge difference the paint, crackle and wax made! I absolutely love this! It looks like an old Holy water font. You really did an outstanding job! I wish I was close enough to see her in person! Hugs, Leena

Suzan Sweatman said...

What an over the top transformation - my God is there anything Annie Sloan hasn't thought of lol
Now you can even dye fabric with her paint!!!
Hugs,
Suzan

Jo Murray said...

WOW - this is fantastic, what brilliant inspiration, thanks! Jo from Chouchou Chateau

ThePaintedCameo said...

What a transformation, I love it:)

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

I am so glad you showed this!I haven't used this yet and bow I can't wait to get my hands on it!! Love this project.

Emily said...

You are such an artist! Amazing transformation!

Emily said...

Stunning change!!! Kudos! Frani

helle said...

Amazing result!

Emily said...

Liked your finish so much, I was going to order some Craqueleur, but it is not listed on the Annie Sloan site. Where can i purchase it? Frani

DeeKay22 said...

Lovely job and the detail on the face is lovely. It looks like a beautiful aged Italian Madonna. P.S. It's a Holy Water recepticle.

Dee said...

Beautiful. Dee from My Painted Stuff

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