(23) XXIII Chalk Finish Paint Chiaroscuro (Azure Blue)

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The nautical theme of Chiaroscuro chalk finish is an ideal paint to catch those sea flavours. Its crisp clean blue tones allows for you to create some lovely clean projects.  

Da Vinci's  “Distressed" Chalk Finish is a self-priming chalky paint that comes in a range of Shabby Chic Colours inspired by the renaissance painters.It can be a base coat, a second coat or a single coat finish. This unique decorative finish is developed for furniture, floors and walls.

Some ideas you can use Chiaroscuro makes for a room that’s clean and bold at the same time!

  • Get a maritime look with a nautical colour scheme. Use Giorgione off-white on the upper walls and ceiling, Chiarscuro ocean blue on the main wall areas, and white upholstery or bedding  in a kidsy bedroom - then add accents in Familia Medici red and Fra Fillipo blue. Include shipshape wood furniture and nautical shapes for additional Character
  • While Chiaroscro is a deep colour you can paints a piece of furniture in a two tone colour scheme by boxing the Chiaroscoro with reanaissance white to make a light blue. 
  • Paint your furniture with Chiaroscoro and Fra Fillippo ( two tone blue) and using a piece of 220-320 grit sandpaper distress back colour to timber to create a shabby chic effect.
  • look at Juliana's Stencil for a great range of nautical stencils that will help create some amazing sea shore shapes and themes
  • Thin Chiaroscuro down 2 parts roma wash to one part paint , apply to bare wood with grain (direction) and wipe off with damp sponge or rag to achieve a soft was effect with the grain coming through.
Once finished for protection you could:
  • apply a coat of clear soft wax to leave a smooth satin finish
  • wipe a coat of coat of Eco-Wax liquid carnauba for a harder finish with a slightly buff colour for aging
  • apply a clear soft wax and once dry apply a dark soft wax for an antique look
  • For a hardwearing finish such as a table top then we recommend Glaze & Medium for a satin clear finish
  • For dark colours you could use liming or white wax to soften paint colour
  • Leave Au natural as a matt finish
Please note colours are an indication only as computer screens an programs may change colours. where possible photos have been provided to show a more accurate presentation of how it will look.

 What is the Definition and Meaning of Chiaroscuro?
Although lacking a precise definition, the fine art term "chiaroscuro" (from the Italian for "light-dark"; or the French "clair-obscur") describes the prominent contrast of light and shade in a painting, drawing or print, and the skill demonstrated by the artist in the management of shadows to create the illusion of three-dimensional forms.
The point is, solidity of form is only detectable in the presence of light. (For instance, it is only as dawn approaches that objects or figures - hitherto detectable only as slightly darker blobs than their surroundings - acquire volume and a three-dimensional appearance.) And if light emanates from a single source, it illuminates objects according to a specific set of rules. Chiaroscuro describes how the painter depicts the 3-D illumination of objects thus creating the illusion of solid forms