Let’s start with the After photo of 3 females carved from wood, showing their aged patina:
3 Female Figures Carved Wood

I’ll give a quick run through of how I achieved this look. The piece started out looking much different. It suffered from wear and tear, with scrapes and scratches exposing the bare wood beneath an all too dark exterior. As you can see, I’d already begun to apply wood fill on some of the dings and scrapes. Not all of them though. I wanted to keep its aged look.
3 Female Figures Wood Carving

As you can see, two pieces of wood come together to form this sculpture.
3 Female Figures Wood Carving

My original plan was to repaint it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Graphite, remaining consistent with the original color. My son, however, suggested I consider lightening it up with paint and aging it with wax. Sure, why not? I pulled out my can of Old White and set to it. I have the first coat on here.
3 Female Figures Wood Carving

And the second coat:
3 Female Figures Wood Carving

After the paint dried, I covered the whole piece with Clear Wax. Next, I dipped my chip brush into Dark Wax and highlighted the lines by brushing the wax into them and using a soft cloth to rub off the excess.

As for the rest of the piece, I wanted to achieve a lighter contrast using the Dark Wax. I dipped the tip of my brush — lightly — into the Dark Wax and judiciously dabbed, brushed, and rubbed with the cloth. I worked in sections. Any area looking too dark, I applied Clear Wax to lighten it up. It was important not to slather on the Dark Wax and simply rub off. My process took more time.
3 Female Figures Carved Wood

ASCP leaves brush marks that are perfect for Dark Wax to settle into and create an aged patina look.
3 Female Figures Carved Wood

Lastly, I want to mention how powerful I find this piece. It’s 30-inches tall and can stand alone or hang on the wall with a sturdy hook. In that regard I’m reminded of sacred figures in church. The gospels, for instance, mention 3 women at the foot of the cross.

I’m also reminded of family. This piece could easily represent daughters — my neighbor has 3 and this week became a grandmother for the third time. All girls.

Or, the carving provides a symbol of generational love, presenting the unity of a grandmother, mother, and daughter.

Above all, I believe it shows the strength of women through the ages. Standing together, laughing, learning, and lifting up.

3 Female Figures Carved Wood

I think the ladies look great. I’m glad I went with the lighter paint color because the Dark Wax shows a lot more detail now. This sculpture is now in our booth at Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery.

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Ann Marie and David

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6 Comments on DIY: Creating Aged Patina

  1. Aretha
    June 15, 2016 at 3:59 am (5 years ago)

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  2. Mary-the boondocks blog
    June 17, 2016 at 11:12 pm (5 years ago)

    What a beautiful sculpture. I agree with your son Amm Marie, It looks so much better painted white. You can really see all the details and the patina makes it all the more special.

  3. Diana
    September 8, 2016 at 1:31 am (5 years ago)

    Your sculpture turned out so beautifully, Ann Marie–it has a much more current look about it and would make a lovely addition to almost anyone’s home decor. Thanks so much for linking up your posts with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

    • irisabbey
      September 8, 2016 at 10:37 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Diana. I thought the carving would be perfect for a mother and two daughters, or a grandmother, mother, and daughter, or three friends. It’s still awaiting the right person.

  4. Melissa Ruddy
    September 9, 2016 at 7:19 pm (5 years ago)

    I think you breathed new life into this piece and it came out lovely. The dark wax adds just enough contracts to bring out the lines of this sculpture. Really nice job

    • irisabbey
      September 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Melissa. This was a quick, fun project and I’m pleased with the result.


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