One Technique - 4 Different Looks

One Technique - 4 Different Looks

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Learning one simple Artisan Paint technique can open the doors to a myriad  of Artisan paint finishes. With the wide range of crafted artisan colours available, 67 to be exact means you can combine and adjust the colours and create a  colourway to suit your interior space. . Today we want to highlight how one simple technique, can be used to create 4 different looks and more.

First let's take a look at the following Video showing a basic Artisan paint, wash and lacquer in Ruby Glass in action, and then how this can be interpreted in different colourways. Then below we will talk about how this works with  different colours and colourways.

Looks pretty simple right, it is! a few key pointers below for you before we delve into it further . 

What can I create this finish on? 
The finish was created with our Premium Chalk Paint range which means with it's unique ability to adhere to pretty much any surface without sanding or priming allows you  to create this finish on pretty much any surface.  

Paint Messy 
Our Premium Chalk Paint has a FLOWplus technology which means it will allow you to brush and keep brushing over it to perfectly create your texture and  in this case you want to paint in every which way with your Staalmeester series 2020 to create your texture. Don't paint one way, don't paint neat, paint a little messy... do-able right? 

Make sure your base paint finish has good full coverage, as this base needs to be worked further.  2 good coats is required then  leave to completely dry. With Premium Chalk Paint we're talking anywhere from 30mins to 1 hour depending on the environment.  

Create your Wash 

A wash is in basic terms a diluted premium chalk paint colour that will allow you to create a gentle hue and semi transparent layer of colour

Dilute and create your wash in your premium chalk paint colour of choice, bearing in mind that if you have a lighter base like an Artisan white and your wash of choice is as an example is a dark grey; start off with a high dilution with water to make your wash  more subtle to start with. In general darker colours will need to be diluted more  to be subtle and suitable over a light colour but if you want a strong darker coloured wash to overpower a strong base colour then dilute it less.  No nasties, when it comes to diluting and creating your wash. Just simply add water to your premium chalk paint colour to create a runny dye like consistency

TIP: Mix your wash and then try it out on your paint finish first to gage what it will look like , then adjust to suit if needed  by adding more paint or water and reapply to test it out.  

Brush your wash on and rag off blending as you go TIP: Make sure your rag is white, lint free and that it's been folded into a smooth pad, if your rag is wrinkled in your hand you will transfer those wrinkles in your wash effect ( unless that is the intention) 

TIP: If you find your wash is too strong in areas on your piece or you want to highlight areas so that the base colour comes through more; simply dip your brush in plain water and brush over the area you would like to lighten/remove and wipe back, this works like an eraser allow you to work the wash effect until you are happy with it -

When you apply Artisan lacquer everything is sealed and set but until that point  you can work the paint effect until you are happy. Apply your Artisan gloss lacquer either with a Staalmeester roller or flat brush keep this linear and neat. For a seamless gloss look apply 2 coats of gloss lacquer as you are bound to miss areas on the first coat. Keep each coat nice and thin.  

NOW that we've run through the basics of the technique and some tips we have some examples below to show; you are not limited to just one wash. With this one technique you can do multiple colour washes over each other for different effects so lets take a closer look 

White and bright with depth and gloss  


To Recreate this: 

TIP: When doing multiple washes, make sure each wash is bone dry before you do the next one, a secondary wash should be mixed to be a little stronger to allow it overpower the primary wash if it is a lighter colour/netural.

In this case highly diluted Clubhouse grey to be a subtle wash over Beluga white. Focus on the areas you want to create shadow and make stronger in this wash like edges and corners. At this point your piece may be looking a little grey, but once you do you your next wash in Crisp White it will whiten back up again. In order for your crisp white wash to be more dominant and overpower the Clubhouse grey, this mix should be diluted less and stronger when compared with the Clubhouse grey wash. Once you are happy with the layers of washes seal with Artisan gloss lacquer for that lustrous white finish with grey hues and undertones. 

Lets take a look at the next one in blues : 

Recreate this look by painting in Bach Blue and colour washing in Duck Egg, when you go to dilute Old Denim make sure to dilute with plenty of water as Old Denim can over power both Bach Blue and Duck Egg  very quickly. TIP: The order of your washes and the level of dilution with water plays a big part in the end result. EG) the same colours done in reverse will create something completely different 

Now if you're feeling super creative you can do even more than just two washes take a look at the below 

Recreate this look with: 

Get super with creative with multiple washes. With this look, start off with painting your base coat of Hokitika Gorge, wash with Forget Me Not and then Toulouse. At this point you would have created a gorgeous blue with plenty of depth as a base. With the next colour washes  Cape Reinga and Clubhouse Grey, place only in selected areas and blend out with your rag to shape and shadow. Remember to allow your washes to dry in between layers and if you ever get any patchiness or if you want to remove or blend,  just a little water on your brush back over the area with a wipe with a lint free rag will allow you to do so. 

The Artisan technique of painting a base colour, then diluting colours to do a wash   followed by Artisan gloss lacquer is wonderful Artisan technique that can be done in many many colourways to suit your interiors and is hard wearing finish even suitable for floors. From Blacks with earthy tones to Greens with blue tones. It's a simple finish to achieve with a little know how around the technique and the end result can be spectacular the more adventurous you get.

Create something bespoke with character and depth. Draw colours from your interior space and gently layer those colours with with this technique for a custom piece. The finish can be interpreted to be more contemporary or classic depending on the range of Artisan colours you use. A balance of texture and depth balanced off with a  touch of luxe through a high shine lustrous glossy surface. A formula for the perfect visual balance and with every component playing a part, from the texture to the gentle coloured washes to the high gloss finish and although we say the same technique can be done to create 4 different looks. The reality is, the possibilities of creating various different looks with different colourways are  truly endless. 





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.