Whenever I first start painting a piece, particularly if it has carving or embellishments, I use only a very small amount of paint on my brush and lightly dry brush the paint over the features. I can always go back and add more paint, but if I start out with a full brush and slap it on, I’m now committed to keep doing that, and I like to give the piece an opportunity to “tell” me what it wants. Sounds crazy but it’s true! I like to see a bit of darkness from some random grain or scratch or peeking out from the edge of an embellishment.
One of my favorite tricks is to take a brush and work just a tiny bit of the base color (Paris Grey in this case) back into the wet wax….I love the way you can blend it into the wax and add a touch of lighter color which will sit on top of any texture. It creates lots of depth to a finish without being very obvious. Try it…you’ll like it!