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Applying decorative finishes the surface with a soft cloth so that the tint lodges in the cracks and accentuates them. When you are happy with the degree of colour and overall effect, rub off any excess glaze or oil paint not in the cracks and leave to dry for several days. Once dry, coat the area in shellac and/or an oil-based varnish.
Oil glaze (also called scumble glaze) is an extremely versatile substance over paper or wood. It can be tinted with artist’s oil paints and, when dry, will be translucent and smooth. Oil glaze behaves like a filmy translucent layer which, even if coloured slightly, will still allow colour beneath it to come through.
Creating an antiqued finish with oil glaze
Mix one part artist’s oil paint to eight parts transparent oil glaze to create a murky tint. Antiquing glazes are best applied over a roughened surface so that the colour will sit in the wood grain and any surface scratches and cracks. If you have newly painted wood, you should sand or wire-brush it first to give it a cracked appearance. Apply the glaze, brushing it out in different directions into a thin layer. Then use a rag to gently rub it off in patches, leaving the glaze in the cracks of the surface to create a mottled effect.
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As well as applying tinted oil glaze to plain or painted wood, it can be applied over photocopied images and newspapers that have been glued onto furniture such as screens. This will make paper look as if it is old parchment. Finish off with a coat of clear varnish to give lasting protection.
Wood stains will colour wood but, unlike varnish, they will not seal it. Wood stains can be used as plain colour or, more decoratively, painted on surfaces in geometric patterns to imitate marquetry. Look at tile patterns in historic houses or church interiors for inspiration. To stain wood, first mark out the pattern by lightly scoring the wood with a knife. This helps to prevent the different coloured stains from seeping into their neighbouring sections. Apply the stain with a brush and allow to dry. Finish with several coats of varnish to seal the wood.
A painted surface that looks cracked and aged by both time and use can be achieved using the craquelure technique.
The gently broken surface it produces, especially when used with paints in pale colours, can be given a further ageing effect with the addition of a coloured antiquing glaze rubbed gently into the surface.