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Technique - Antiquing & Distressing
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This finish works perfectly on wooden furniture and picture frames.

Distressing is the process of making the project look old and time worn… so aggressively "bash" the project with chains or objects like a hammer or other pieces of wood, making sure you use a variety of "tools" so the piece does not look too contrived. This process is simulating the day-to-day dents and marks that would usually take some years to accumulate on the piece.

Once the project has been sufficiently "time worn" or distressed, the next step is the antiquing process. This is basically just putting a glaze of colour on to simulate time gathered dirt and dust. Therefore we use colours like raw umber or burnt umber to do this.

(The Matisse MM20 Water-Based Patina works exactly the same way as the MM17 Oil Antiquing Medium except you use a water-based colour (e.g. Matisse Flow burnt umber) instead of oil-based paints. MM20 Water-Based Patina only takes 4 to 6 hours to dry.)

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Directions for using MM20 Water-Based Patina:

  1. Clean project of all dust, grease and oil.
  2. Moisten your product all over with a cotton cloth soaked in MM20 Water-Based Patina to prevent the surface from absorbing too much colour.
  3. Dab Matisse Flow burnt umber or raw umber on the moistened cloth and spread your project beginning at the outside edge and moving into the centre.
  4. Wipe back excess colour to desired effect with a clean cloth.
  5. If you have made your item too dark, apply MM20 Water-Based Patina to a clean cloth and wipe over to remove colour.
  6. Allow antiquing to dry at least 4 to 6 hours, depending on the weather and how heavily the project was antiqued.
Note: You might find it best to apply a coat of MM18 Pre-Antiquing Medium before antiquing to create a layer between the paint and antiquing so as not to move any of the under-painting.
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Antiquing and Distressing Video Presentation


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