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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