Distressing in the decorative arts, is the activity of making a piece of furniture appear used and aged, Where as antiquing is a more involved form of distressing, the intention being not only to age the piece, but also create an antique appearance.
To distress the artist will deliberately sand, dent, and scrape the finish off the furniture. Wood can be hammered softer, or dimpled, bleached, pickled, stained or repainted with crackling paints or varnishes. New layers of paint can be watered down before they are applied to allow the wood to show through. Layers of paint or varnish can be sponged on to create an uneven pattern. The artist might also apply period details, such as antique knobs or fittings on cupboards and dresser drawers.
Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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