Sunday, September 17, 2006

Folk Art Painting- Antiquing

Posted on 2006-08-19 by Debbie Hainline
Category: Craft Specific Articles

Many painters avoid the antiquing process for fear of ruining their finished piece, but with a bit of practise this technique will only enhance your finished piece of art work. If you do make a terrible mistake remember that while the piece is still wet you can remove the antiquing completely with a bit of paint thinner, the coats of varnish will protect your artwork below.

Here are simple directions for antiquing that I have found work best .

1.When the piece is completely dry from painting ( at least 24 hours) remove all your tracing lines and carbon smudges with a artist gum eraser and give the piece at least 2 coats of a good varnish.

2. Dry well at least again for 24 hours following the directions on the can of varnish

3.To make the antiquing glaze mix tube oil paint ( I prefer either burnt umber or raw sienna) with a few drops of paint thinner on your palette. This should mix to the consistency of thick sour cream.

4. Brush or rub on with a soft cloth the glazing mix covering the entire piece. Let it stand for 5 to 20 minutes depending one the weather ( heat and humidity effect this). Let the glaze stand on the piece until it gets slippery but not until it gets sticky or gummy.

5. Now with a soft cloth( old t shirts work great for this) begin to rub in a circular motion taking off a much or as little of the glaze as you like softly blending the areas together.

6. Take off more glaze in the areas you wish lighter and highlighted. If you take off too much just add some glaze back on and repeat the process

7. Let the piece dry thoroughly and varnish again I have used this method to antique a piece of artwork or to do an entire piece of furniture

Author: Debbie Hainline
Bio:Debbie owns the business Two Old Crows and a store on ebay by the same name where she sells American Folk Art and Antiques.

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