Soft & Subtle with a Shimmer Paint Recipe

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This is a beautiful soft and subtle finish with a lovely shimmer.

For this paint recipe, we walk you through how to create a soft and subtle finish using metallics to create shimmer.

This technique works best with warm and soft colours. Try using Duck Egg as a base with Dove coloured wax; or, Wild Heather on the base with Albert Bridge coloured wax.

What you will need:

  • Stonebreaker Chalk Paint
  • Autumn Glow Chalk Paint
  • Clear Wax
  • Silver Metallic Paint
  • Natural Bristle Brush
  • Pro-Hybrid Synthetic Brush
  • Silver Gilding Wax
  • Gold Gilding Wax

1 - Paint in Stonebreaker chalk paint using the round synthetic brush. Water down the paint by 5% and paint in large crosses to create a very subtle texture.

2 - Add 7-10% water to the paint for the second coat and paint to achieve full coverage.

3 - Make a coloured wax using Autumn Glow chalk paint and Clear wax, using a 1:1 ratio. Brush on with a natural bristle brush and wipe off excess with a rag.

4 - Create a metallic wash using Silver metallic paint and water in a 50/50 mix. Brush on with the synthetic brush in sections and rag off excess.

Tip: Make sure to stir the wash frequently so it doesn't separate.

5 - Detail the edges with Silver and/or Gold gilding wax, use either a finger or a detail brush.

Tip: Mix gilding waxes together to create your own 'Champagne Gold' colour.


  • Click here for a printable PDF with the instructions on the back.