Lets talk Carbon Black Wax (Video Included)
Knowing how to do a Carbon Black wax is a staple skill in decorative painting with Artisan Premium Chalk Paints. It's the darkest you can go when it comes to waxing and can be used in a myriad of ways to create age, an industrial vibe or to deepen and richen a finish and works wonderfully on darker deeper colours to richen, add life and dimension to the paint finish.
To create a Carbon Black wax you need to mix your Artisan Clear wax and Premium Chalk Paint in Carbon Black together. This allows you to custom mix the strength of your wax, on deeper darker colours you may go a bit stronger (more premium chalk paint in the mix) for lighter colours you may mix it to be more subtle (less premium chalk paint in the mix). You have the freedom to mix and adjust your Carbon Black wax to suit the colour you've chosen and the type of finish you're after to suit.
Using Carbon Black wax will mean that you are about to deepen the colour that you have chosen as far as you can. Carbon Black will create a lovely cool tone in your paint finish when compared to Artisan Dark wax which is more of a vintage brown wax and will effectively create a warmer more vintage look to your finish.
This week we've created a behind the scenes video on helping you to master your Carbon Black wax; which runs you through all the details and a behind the scenes look at using it, but first lets take a quick look at some different ways to pair and use Carbon Black wax.
To Re-create the Look use Old Denim with Carbon Black Wax
Carbon Black Wax is also a great option for toning down the brighter Artisan colours, it has enough strength to knock these colours right back for mix a contemporary classic look
To Recreate the look head for Tropical Lagoon and Carbon Black Wax
To Recreate this look use Azure King Fisher and Carbon Black Wax, pull back with plenty of clear wax.
Deepen and richen the colours with Carbon Black Wax
Create the look with Gretels Forest Premium Chalk Paint and Carbon Black Wax
now we're about to show you how much the level of strength your Carbon Black wax has will affect your end result the following can be re-created with Clubhouse Grey Premium Chalk Paint with a lower strength Carbon Black Wax, while a higher strength Carbon Black Black over Clubhouse grey will create the finish on the bed.
recreate the look with clubhouse grey and lower strength carbon black wax pulled back with clear wax.
below the same combo but with a stronger strength carbon black wax with more texture in the painting (brushing the Clubhouse grey in all directions)
and then of course below is a piece completed in Old Espresso and Carbon Black Wax where we've captured a behind the scenes in real time of us working on the project to talk you through how to master Carbon Black wax and all the essentials you need to know on how to control and manipulate Carbon Black waxing.
We hope this entry has you all inspired and taken the fear out of using Carbon Black wax and if you happen to reach out for it in one of your finishes be sure to send a photo we would love to see!
Video below on how to Master Carbon Black Waxing