Lets talk Carbon Black Wax (Video Included)

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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




The Artisan Company is a New Zealand owned and based company focussed upon making and providing the highest quality decorative paints and tools for homes and all types of spaces. Born out of a rich heritage of bespoke furniture and interiors through the merging of Taylored Revival and Vintro Paint NZ and with several decades of experience we are unashamedly focused upon luxury DIY products and in helping people achieve bespoke looks in their interiors. 

As NZ's only bespoke paint manufacturer making our own exclusive formulations including our flagship Premium Chalk Paint we combine technology with our fine tuned natural skills. We use advanced machinery with an exact accuracy measured within less than a ¼ of a ml and use a custom formulation database with complex colours formulated by hand; most of which can't be replicated by machines. Our trademarked FLOWplus® technology further differentiates our range being built in from the ground up and allowing our thick full bodied and highly pigmented paints to mould and flow effortlessly. We are a proud NZ company who promotes and uses local suppliers and products wherever possible. We also aim to have a positive impact on environment through low VOC paints, minimised wastage and smart use of materials.

To provide the best possible experience for our customers we have also curated artisanal tools including the world renowned Staalmeester brushes which work in perfect  unison with our Premium Chalk Paint and otehr ranges with there rich and creamy consistency. From the advanced bristle materials through to the  INOX steel ferrules it all really helps to achieve the best results, and yes brushes do make a big difference to your painting experience and finish.

Aside from our unique range of products, we are also proud of our decades worth of experience in the field of decorative painting and training. Having been recognised locally and overseas for these efforts has also led us to directly train over three thousand people and paint over two thousand bespoke furniture or interior pieces for clients.

Heritage of Taylored Revival

Taylored Revival or TR as it was known by its regulars was a family business started in a garage in East Auckland in 2012. A leading decorative painting studio which undertook thousands of commissions projects over the years and was considered the leading Chalk Paint retailer in the Australasian region. Progressing through the years from a small retail store in Whitford through to a large format 300m2 retail site in Botany. Take a quick look at the history and the prequel to The Artisan Company below.