Two workshops held this week, so it's been kinda busy but great fun! It was the usual Shabby Chic Paint Techniques with Annie Sloan chalk paint. We also cover some decorative skills which can be applied to enhance the piece of furniture that you are painting. The workshop is ultimately about gaining confidence with the paint AND the waxes, which can be more daunting that the actual paint itself!
I hope that by gaining skills with the all the different media it can open your eyes to the possibilities of transforming even the most mundane piece of furniture. You will suddenly see panelling that would benefit from a swipe of dark wax, a bit of detailing that can be enhanced by a hint of gold leaf, a little corner that could take a cute butterfly decoupage, a door that could take merest image of a damask stencil....your mind will see old furniture in a completely different light! Well I hope it does after the workshop!
What is great to see is everyone using the same materials but getting varying results. It is the beauty of the Annie Sloan paint. I learn new things at each workshop as techniques are given individual interpretation. Above is the team from the workshop held at The Sew Room . A HUGE thank you to Anne for allowing me to make a mess of her lovely workspace in her fab new shop and for all her help. She managed to "Sloan" some stencils in between washing all the brushes!
At todays workshop I had a "guest presenter" in the shape of George Crichton. George is a painter and decorator to trade and is embracing the possibilities of the Annie Sloan paint. He transformed a kitchen door over the course of the workshop. George offers a traditional painting and decorating service but is happy to quote for kitchen transformations or to paint a large piece of furniture which you may be too apprehensive to tackle yourself!
All in all it's been a busy week with lots of enthusiastic paintery-types now let loose in the Aberdeenshire area!