Saturday, 28 May 2011

Wax On, Wax Off!

 I have finally finished painting projects that have been incomplete for weeks! I took advantage of the fact that the shop had been quiet and got stuck in to the painting.  But once projects are painted they have to be waxed, and to get a nice sheen it takes that heady mix of wax + elbow grease!
  This was an un-finished pine bureau. I gave it one coat of Old Ochre then applied clear wax and antiqued the edge with dark wax to give a worn/aged effect.

I decided to go for a contrast paint on the inside and chose Arles as I hadn't used it before. It's a lovely, warm colour and it complimented the Old Ochre beautifully.  Never one to stop when finished a project, I then used my favourite LOVE stencil and applied a crackle glaze! I am happy with the result and particulary like the contrast finish of the inside. 
 Next for the finishing treatment was a small stool that I had upholstered in a Sanderson fabric some time ago! I had already painted the frame pink but I decided that Olive was far more suitable.
I rubbed back the Olive to reveal the paint underneath then applied a clear wax finish.

Final project to finish was this pew which had a coat of Paris grey, then I applied a lime wax , really just to see what it would look like! It ended up with a lovely driftwood look to it and I made a cushion in Ticking fabric and the wee Toile dog just sets the piece off!

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Sloan Rangers!

Cait, Gibson, Anne & other happy painters!
Sunday was spent at Carte Blanche learning some great techniques with the Annie Sloan paint.  Anne & I were totally absorbed in the workshop & Cait was a fantastic & talented tutor. Learn more about the workshops that Cait & Gibson offer at their website,
Paint sample boards
We learned how to give texture and how to make grain just with the paint. Cait showed us how to apply metal leaf (I was a bit too enthusiastic with my burnishing and managed to rub most of my gold leaf off!). My favourite was the crackle effect which I am attempting at the moment on a small side table and hopefully will have a photo to show soon!

After a great lunch, we stencilled and decoupaged.  The paint is so versatile and the colour palette is endless when you consider that you can mix the paints together to suit your own scheme. 

For example on Annies website she explains how to colour combine Old Violet to create the paint effect seen on this bureau.                                                                                 
Parisian Painted Desk I am currently planning a demo day for the Annie Sloan paints, so as soon as a date is confirmed I will post it on the blog & Facebook page.