Dark and Moody

  A somber mix of Chalk Paint neutrals, with just a hint of Paloma, are layered to form a well worn patina.
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tburkholder

Could you please explain to me how you got this look? I assume you layered the colors, but I’m not sure. If you did this in layers, did you wax in between? Also, what order did you do them in? If you didn’t layer, how did you do this look? Thanks so much!! This is exactly what I’m looking to achieve and you are the first person I’ve seen do it. :)

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Leslie Stocker

Yes, layering is the key to getting this look, starting with a solid layer of Graphite. Coco then, French Linen are painted next but not solidly. After completing those colors, although the overall look will be dark, there will be a variation of color that will begin to give it depth. The Old Ochre is next on the high spots, or in this case, the handle area. This creates a worn look, as if the dark paint has become less opaque. Emile is in the smallest amount, again to create more depth and texture. Clear Wax should be the last layer after you have finished all painting. Dark wax is optional. If you are happy with the colors and the overall look, then skip the dark wax because it will change the color. If I use dark wax at all it is usually just in the crevices and corners. Many people like to paint solid layers on top of each other and then sand back at the end to uncover the various colors where they want them. This has not worked as well for me. I tend to add a little more paint in another color if an area looks too flat or uniform rather than take paint off. What I love about Chalk Paint is that no matter how much paint you add, it never starts to have the plastic look and feel of latex and acrylic paint. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions. Thanks, Leslie

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Marilyn Proctor Walker

What do you mean by saying not “solidly” when applying several colors? I mean in detail what do you mean? Does this mean a thin coat or just light cover in sections or what just exactly.

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Janet

Marilyn, there’s a video recently posted by Leslie ( under heading Tools) which describes her “layering technique”; it’s very helpful

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tburkholder

Thank you so much for explaining Leslie! I can’t wait to try this. This picture is the most beautiful effect I’ve seen with chalk paint. I hope mine looks half this good!! I’ll let you know if I have any further questions when I have a chance to try it. :)

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Kathleen

How did your project turn out? I would love to try this color combination also. Thanks.

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Gerlinde

Hi Leslie
I really love this Dark and Moody Piece. It has so much life and Emotion in it.
I tried it already 10 times to make it but it doesnt work out.
I got all the Colors but….. I don´t know. Could you please help me again. Did you do dry strokes over a wash of coco? And did you go over the paint than with a brush. Well I tried it this way but……When I don´t go over with a brush I have like borders. MMhhhhhh????? I really would appriciate some more help.
With regards
Gerlinde

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katerina

it is fantastic! apart from the colour, I love the knob. where can I find this knob?

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Deanna

Hi there ,

Love this door!
do you have a picture of the complete door of Dark and Moody? I’m a visual and would like to see the whole door.

thanks Deanna

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