A Tale of Two Chippies.
That was my original title for this post but I thought it sounded like it was going to be about a pair of floosies from the 1920s.
I recently heard about using wax and duct tape to achieve a distressed, chippy wood effect. As you know, I’ve always used the “wax and sand it” approach. I’ve been happy with the results but wanted to see if this technique was better.
My other goal was to create a more interesting backdrop for some of my pictures. Most of the walls in my house are kind of tan, neutrally colors and they just never seem to photograph well.
For version one I stuck with my standard method: Wood, wax, (paint) and a sander.
Approach number two called for wood, wax, (paint), duct tape and a blow dryer.
For reasons that are painfully obvious I no longer own a blow dryer……so I defaulted to a heat gun.
The basic technique is the same for each.
Then, once that’s dry, grab a candle (or in my case a huge chunk of wax that used to be a candle of some kind) and rub it like crazy all over the board wherever you want the base-coat color to show through. Then come back in and paint the whole thing with another coat of paint (white in this case) and allow to dry. The idea being that the top coat of paint won’t stick where you waxed.
Totally natural looking peeling, aged paint!
I like it!
Ok, for a board this big it took a bit of time but I did discover that you can use the same piece of duct tape a few times before it loses its peeling qualities.
The duct tape technique is little more labor intensive and might be best for smaller items but it creates a very natural old-paint look.I will have to play around some more to figure out how best to use these backgrounds but going forward I think I’ll use both techniques depending on the project.Bonus! And if this Cheltenham Road business fails I think I may now have the basic skills to get people ready for next year’s swim suit season!