Old World Toscana

In Get Inspired, Surface Techniques, Tutorials by gene howard

Step 1 – Clean Your Wooden Surface

Before beginning, clean your raw, wooden surface of any dust, grime or dirt.

Step 2 – Apply Better With Age

Apply Amy Howard at Home© Better with Age™ solution with a natural sea wool sponge.

Step 3 – Dry Time

Allow solution approximately 10 minutes dry time before applying next step.

Step 4 – Mix Your Gesso

While initial dry time is passing, mix 1 part Amy Howard at Home© Gesso with 1 part water in separate container and stir until mixture is smooth and free of any lumps.

Step 5 – Apply Your Gesso

Using an Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush, apply a full and consistent coat of Gesso over your dry surface.

Step 6 – Allow Gesso To Dry

Allow Gesso to dry for approximately 30 to 45 minutes or until completely cured.

Step 7 – Mix Your Milk Paint

While dry time is passing, mix 1 part Amy Howard at Home© Toscana Milk Paint™ with 1 part water in a separate container.

Step 8 – Stir Until Smooth

Stir until plaster is smooth and free of any lumps. Consistency should compare to a thin pancake batter.

Pro Tip:
Try mixing your powder solutions with a blender or straining with a cheesecloth for an ultra smooth consistency.

Step 9 – Apply Milk Paint

Using an Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush, apply a full and consistent coat of Toscana Milk Paint™ over your dry surface.

Step 10 – Allow Milk Paint To Dry

Allow Toscana Milk Paint™ to dry for approximately 30 to 45 minutes or until completely cured.

Step 11 – Saturate Your Brush

Using a clean Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush, lightly saturate the tips of brush with the Amy Howard at Home© Antiquing Glaze™.

Step 12 – Apply The Antiquing Glaze

Apply the Antiquing Glaze™ with feathery strokes to create authentic and natural looking water marks.

Step 13 – Allow Glaze To Dry

Allow glaze to dry approximately 10 minutes.

Step 14 – Apply Milk Paint With Sponge

Using a natural sea wool sponge, apply an additional layer of Antiquing Glaze™ to Toscana Milk Paint™. You will begin to see the Toscana Milk Paint™ distress and wear away, exposing the multiply layers of paint, gesso, and stain.

Step 15 – Apply additional Glaze

Continue to apply antiquing glaze to your surface until desired distressed look is achieved

Pro Tip:
For more control of the antiquing process, you may use a lint free t-shirt rag and your finger to wear away the paint in specific areas.

Step 16 – Allow Glaze TO Dry

Allow Antiquing Glaze to dry completely before moving onto the waxing process.

Step 17 – Prepare to use Light Antique Wax

Grab a clean Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush and the Light Antique Wax™ to give get just enough wax to cover the tips of the bristles.

Step 18 – Offload Some Wax

Use the cardboard palette to offload some wax from the brush.

Step 19 – Apply Light Antique Wax

Apply the Light Antique Wax™ over the entire piece moving the brush in a “cross hatch” pattern – not long, symmetrical strokes. Allow wax to come to tack for about 20 minutes.

Step 20 – Now Prepare The Dark Wax

Using the same load and offload technique as before, grab a clean china bristle brush and sporadically apply a light layer of the Amy Howard at Home© Dark Antique Wax™.

Step 21 – Apply Dark Wax To Edges

Return to outer edges where the piece would naturally become worn and “feather” the Dark Antique Wax™.

Step 22 – Allow Wax To Tack

Allow wax to come to “tack” for about 20 minutes.

Step 23 – Buff Like A Shoe

Using a clean T-shirt rag, buff your piece with a hit-drag motion just like you would a shoe. This buffing process brings out a beautiful patina shine as well as that authentic aged look.

Step 24 – Cover With Dust Of Ages

Use a clean Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush and dip into the Amy Howard at Home© Dust of Ages™. Aim to cover your entire piece, especially in the crevices and ridges.

Pro Tip:
Don’t be shy with this step. You can reuse the excess dust by saving the runoff. This step gives your piece age and character.

Step 25 – Push Dust Of Ages Around

Use a clean Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush to push the dust into the corners, ridges and crevices. Follow by lightly brushing the excess Dust of Ages™ onto the palette and into the container to be reused.

Step 26 – Buff like a shoe again

Using a clean T-shirt rag, buff your piece with a hit-drag motion just like you would a shoe. This buffing process brings out a beautiful patina shine as well as that authentic aged look.

Step 27 – Enjoy!

Now you get to “Enjoy the Bragging Rights!”

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