Yesterday was a day I’ve been looking forward to since last year. Okay, since the beginning of December… but that’s last year, right?
Yesterday I attended a workshop where I finally got to hang out with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint… for a whole afternoon!
Do you remember my little mention of Annie’s paint here? Well I have been dying to try it ever since. I mean, who can resist no sanding, no priming, and getting by with one coat?
And look at all the colours we got to play with.
So hard to choose. Did you know the paints can be combined to create a palette of over 55 colours?
These are the colours I chose to work with…
There’s also a clear wax and a dark wax that you can use to create different effects.
We worked with pieces of moulding to practice layering paint colours, and trying different distressing and waxing techniques.
Here is what I did.
Based on the colours I chose to work with, can you guess what I did?
This one is my favorite.
Believe it or not, this is Paris Grey with clear and dark wax, and no distressing. It looks a little darker here than it actually is. But isn’t it amazing how the dark wax changes the colour?
I was trying out Paris Grey for a reason. You see, I have a project in mind that I think this colour might be perfect for. Do you remember these windows? I wrote about them here.
Well I’m thinking of painting out a piece to go with the windows.
Here’s a little glimpse of what I have in mind.
The moulding colour and finish shows truer in this picture. What do you think? I don’t think it’ll be too matchy-matchy in the end, because of the dark wax.
We also did a mini take-home project in the workshop, which I have to finish now that the paint is dry on mine. But you’ll get to see that in another post once I’ve got it done!
So in spite of what I’ve heard about how easy Annie Sloan chalk paint is to work with, I’m still glad I took this workshop instructed by Debra Boeyenga, owner of A French Touch. I learned so many tips and techniques that will make my life easier, and I’m sure my paint and wax will go a lot farther as a result!
So far I have only bought the clear wax, but once I decide on what project to tackle in which colour, the paint and dark wax will be next! And naturally that means the painting tools, too!
Do you have any projects you’re thinking of painting with Annie Sloan chalk paint? Any that you’ve already done? Would love to hear your thoughts!
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