This past Sunday I participated in a really fun hashtag on Instagram… #i💙artsundays. I’m still a new IG’er, but I’ve already met so many warm, gracious and talented people on Instagram. Needless to say, I was over the moon that the hosts chose my post to feature! The photo that I submitted included a table, candlestick, easel, and canvas that were painted using Amy Howard at Home products. Each piece involved different products and techniques, but the one thing that I did on all of them included Antique Wax and Dust of Ages. Applying waxes is one of my favorite things to do. And they smell yummy!
Amy Howard at Home Wax
Supplies • 2 – 2” China Bristle Brush • Cardboard Palette • Amy Howard at Home® Light Wax™ • Amy Howard at Home® Dark Wax™ • Amy Howard at Home® Dust of Ages™ • Degreaser • Paper Towels • T-shirt rags.
1. Using a China Bristle Brush and the light wax, get just enough to cover the tips of the bristles. Use the cardboard palette to offload some wax from the brush. Always offload – you should never go directly from the wax to your piece.
2. Next, apply the light wax over the entire piece moving the brush in a “cross hatch” pattern. Allow the piece to come to “tack”, about 20 minutes.
3. Use a China Bristle Brush to lightly apply the Amy Howard at Home Dark Wax. Don’t overwhelm the brush with wax. As always, use the cardboard to offload from the brush. Don’t apply too heavily. Use the brush to “feather” the Dark Wax over specific areas where the piece would naturally become worn. Do not cover the entire piece, no more than 20%. Allow the dark wax to come to tack (about 20 minutes).
4. Next, use the Amy Howard at Home Dust of Ages to cover your entire piece, especially in the crevices and ridges. This will give your piece age and character. Pounce/push the Dust into the corners, ridges, and crevices. Apply enough pressure to allow the bristles to get the dust down into the crevices! Brush the excess Dust of Ages onto the palette and put back in the container as it can be reused.
5. Use a T-shirt rag to buff your piece like you would buff a shoe (hit-drag motion) to get that beautiful patina shine.
6. Finally, “Enjoy the Bragging Rights!”