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31 Days of ASCP, Day 12… Emperor’s Silk

We will both admit that when we first popped open a can of Emperor’s Silk we were not fans.  We bought it to try to make orange {as we desperately wait for the arrival of Barcelona Orange!} and played around by mixing it with Arles.  The result was a funky “flesh” color.  We gave up and cast our can aside for a bit.  But then, we discovered that if you dark waxed Emperor’s Silk without clear waxing first you get an amazing deep red!  
We gave this table base more of an asian flare with the ES and the Dark Wax
The table is ready to be reunited with it’s top!
This little table caught my eye as I was on my way to my son’s baseball game.  I pulled over and paid $5 to a precious old lady in a short pink bathrobe!
Two coats of Emperor’s Silk and one coat of Dark Wax and she was a brand new table!  If I wanted it even darker I could have added a second coat of dark wax.
Red chairs are FUN!  I have a whole new appreciation for the color red now!  
If you have not used Emperor’s Silk yet… are you going to now?
Play with it and HAVE FUN!!

To find out where you can purchase Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Waxes
 visit Annie Sloan Unfolded!
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31 Day of ASCP, Day 11…Waxing

A very important element in using Annie Sloan Paint is the application of the wax.  This is when the “magic” really happens!  Annie makes two waxes, one is Clear and the other is Dark.  The Clear Wax pretty much looks like a tub of Crisco and the Dark is well….very dark, a very rich brown.  
When you are finished painting your piece you will want to first apply a coat of clear wax.  This is very important.  If you apply your brown wax first it will stain the color of your paint.  The clear layer acts as a barrier and gives you a “platform” to work on the brown wax.  

A wax brush is a very helpful tool when applying large amounts of wax all over a piece.  You may also apply the wax with other natural bristle brushes and soft lint free rags.  But, once you have used this brush, you will be hooked and won’t be able to imagine life without one.  It is made of horse hair and retails for $34.95…worth it!  If you will be waxing often we also recommend two.  You will want to keep one brush for clear and one brush for dark.  We purchased ours at Total Bliss in Summerfield, NC.  Check with your local Annie Sloan Paint stockist to see if they carry it….many do.  
In this photo I have applied a layer of clear wax, liberally applying with my wax brush.  I then wiped off the excess with a lint free rag and then distressed.  I then began to apply the dark wax.  I applied a fair amount, pushing it into the detail, and into the nooks and crannies.  

Once the piece was covered in brown wax I began wiping off the excess.  If my wax was difficult to move or wipe, I used additional clear wax to smooth and even it out.  When your wax is fully dry…usually in a few hours, {or you can wait up to 24 hours} buff it to a beautiful shine with some cheesecloth, or a soft lint free rag.  
Working with wax is really quite easy once you get the hang of it.  It is one of the techniques we teach in all of our Annie Sloan Workshops at Total Bliss.  So much can be achieved with these two waxes!  Again, this stuff is limitless!  

Can you see how the brown wax has merged into all the nooks and crannies and into the brush marks? I love it!  The sloppier you paint the more brush strokes you make for wax to stick in!  
This piece was painted with Paris Grey and Old White.  A fabulous combination! 
To find out where you can purchase Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Waxes
 visit Annie Sloan Unfolded!
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