"Graphite" Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
A soft black with purplish blues and brown undertones. Apply two coats to deepen the color.
Reminiscent of Gun Metal.
Graphite is a soft black – which I like to compare to a dark slate color! It is made with purplish blues, browns, and is not completely black. When waxed with Annie’s Dark Wax- the color becomes even more richer and warm. This is a popular color, especially when I am detailing a piece with vintage typography. I receive a lot of emails about this color. First- I want to clearly state again – this is NOT black. It is a rich color – close to being a dark slate, or think …dark pencil lead. It does have depth and interest- and clearly plays wonderfully with other pieces painted in a true black. When decorating a room- try to avoid the whole “Matchy-matchy” approach. Layer texture, patterns and hues of color….including various shades of “black.” Just because you have a “black” piece- does not mean you need everything else black. In fact- next time you are in a showroom of furniture- look at a room set up with ALL of the same black pieces…it can become quite …plain …and gives minimal interest….it does not provide as much visual depth as a room with varied pieces. But- to clarify- Graphite is not black. Using Dark Wax over Graphite richens it significantly and you may want to consider this as an option.
One of the coolest qualities of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan – is that it can be mixed with other Chalk Paint to create new colors with each other. (and you can always tint A LITTLE with some liquid acrylic like Mixol universal pigment…highly concentrated and it won’t affect the chemistry of Chalk Paint® or any other medium you put it in. NOTE- that is my opinion – not a statement by Annie Sloan Unfolded) So, try this idea if wanting to darken the Graphite and email me with your feedback! Just make sure to write your recipe down (the ratio of how much paint to pigment) so you can create more if needed!!!!! Also- I have had some adventurous customers bring their quart of Annie Sloan Graphite into their favorite paint store and had them add some black pigment also.
Consider reading this post here to learn more about making Graphite or any Chalk Paint™ color deeper in intensity by using Dark Wax.
I love using Graphite for decorative painting- either as the base or to use for my outlining.
Now many of you really wish Annie made a true deep black! I understand and feel your pain on this. I had a customer visit my shop and she shared with me that she added 3 bottle of India Ink to one quart of Graphite and mixed really well together and created a deep black! India Ink is available at Hobby Lobby or other craft store.
Don’t forget when purchasing Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan- to consider purchasing her Clear Wax also. Annie’s paint and wax were created to partner perfectly together! The paint itself will harden but the wax will truly protect it! The wax does completely harden and it becomes hard and is water repellent. It is a wonderful protective finish that you can buff once dry- to the sheen you desire.
Some photos, displays and work designed and created by Annie Sloan.
- 1 quart
- 3.3 pounds