Every year around the holiday season, our Director of Education and Technical Support, Barb Skivington, takes advantage of some down time to re-read all of Annie Sloan’s current books. This year is a bit different however. Enlisting the help of her studio assistant (and daughter!), Molly Skivington, they started by categorizing Annie’s wide variety of different finishes and techniques. As they did so, Barb and Molly were inspired to paint their way through Annie’s books instead.
They started with texture, and fell in love with the variety of textured finishes that can be created with Chalk Paint® decorative paint.
They began by asking themselves, “what is texture?” Dictionary.com defines texture as “the visual and especially tactile quality of a surface.” Applying this definition to the techniques and finishes seen in Annie’s books was relatively easy.
One type of texture found in Annie’s books is tactile, the kind you can feel. A beautiful example of that is The Chiffonier painted from Quick and Easy Paint Transformations. While you can see some texture, this piece is one of those that makes you want to reach out and touch it.
Restor’d, our stockist in New South Wales, Australia, set us a lovely outdoor project all the way from down under! Like most people, stockist Shani Smith loves the look of antique garden pots that look like they “have been aging gracefully in European gardens over hundreds of years.” She wanted to get a similar look in her own garden, but was on a budget. Using her creativity, Shani transformed simple, budget-friendly plastic pots from a local gardening store to authentic English garden pieces! You can read more about how she did it on her own blog, and be sure to check out her beautiful store on Facebook here.
She created a base coat for her pots with Country Grey Chalk Paint®.
A mixture of Olive, Florence, and some sand and dirt made for the rustic, worn English country look!
The next step was to add washes of Olive, Primer Red, and Provence in a “drip”-like pattern.
The final before and after! What a great transformation. Remember, for outdoor pieces, Annie Sloan Soft Wax is not required.
What do you think of Shani’s pieces? Would you try this in your own garden? Let us know below!
Abigail and Ryan Bell // Agnieszka Krawczyk // Karen Donnelly
This blog post can originally be found on Annie’s personal blog, Annie Sloan Paint and Colour.
It’s been a fascinating ‘first take’ with my first 3 Painters In Residence – Janice Issitt, Alex Russell Flint, and Beau Ford. Their fantastic finished projects have shown between them what you can do with Chalk Paint® when you go with your passion and unleash your imagination. So a big thank you to Janice, Alex and Beau!
I hope their showcase of colour, techniques and style has inspired those who perhaps feel less confident or more constrained by convention or taste to ‘give it a go’ and stretch the boundaries of what’s possible!
Painters In Residence: A Recap
I started this project back in September 2014 (see my introductory post) to make real my motto of ‘endless possibilities’ and get upcyclers, recyclers, and potential painters to explore my Chalk Paint® at the edges of the colour wheel. I wanted to showcase people a bit like myself perhaps, who are naturally expressive, and are prepared to experiment with my Chalk Paint® and say ‘now what finish or effect can I achieve with this?’ They boldy go where their imagination takes them to create quite different finished products and interesting combinations of colours and motifs. They make you sort of you sit up and take notice and I like that.
So it’s no surprise that my next 3 Painters In Residence continue to extend the possibilities of Chalk Paint®. Please welcome them…
Abigail and Ryan Bell
Website | Facebook | Instagram
Agnieszka (/Agnes) Krawczyk
Website | Facebook | Instagram
– Yours, Annie