July 22, 2014

Video Tutorial: Creating the Washed Effect

The wash effect is an excellent technique on a piece of furniture that has age and texture.  By texture, I mean that it might be a little nicked or banged up from years of wear.  The wash effect can actually highlight those imperfections and help create a unique, one-of-a-kind look for your piece.


In order to create the washed effect, you will need:

*Base paint color (I used Annie Sloan's French Linen)
*Wash paint colors (I mixed Paris Grey + Old White + water)
*Annie Sloan's clear wax
*2 paint brushes (1 for base layer, 1 for wash)
*Wax brush (substitute: rag to wipe wax on)
*Stack of lint-free cloths (number depends on the size of your piece)

Steps:

1) Paint base coat over entire piece
2) Working in a small area, apply clear wax
3) Wipe over wax gently to remove excess
4) Apply wash solution with a paint brush
5) Wipe immediately with a lint-free cloth

Tips:

*Work in a small space!  If you try to cover too large of an area, the paint may dry and your wiping off step will not work as well
*Don't stress about the mixture of paint for the wash.  Start with a color you like and add another color until you get to a shade that you like.  If you're nervous, paint your base coat on a piece of paper and paint several samples of your wash shade over sections of it to see what the effect will be
*The Wash Effect is a great way to make a little paint go a long way!

I hope this video was helpful!  For more videos and tips, be sure to visit the Ask for Roses YouTube page. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section and I will be sure to respond.  Happy painting!

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