We have been dedicating more time to our passion for Annie Sloan chalk paint and her related products. We plan to develop our own set of successful styles and share these with you on the journal in this new section from now on.
So far our love of black wax has not been developing quietly, it is everywhere! And with good reason, you can literally black wax bare, brand new wood and make it look interesting, aged, with a depth and colouring welcome in many an interior.
Gilding, think we may have said this before, but once you start gilding you won't be able to stop! We have more and more gilding samples in the shop to inspire you and a new workshop that will teach you everything you need to know, to tackle any project. Adding that copper, silver or gold finish to a surface has a very satisfying feel, everyone needs a little bit of lustre. Whether it is a small panel on a piece of furniture, an old frame or details on a craved surface. . . gilding is an exciting process that will adhere to any surface that the glue size is applied too.
Colour mixing with Annie Sloan chalk paint is great fun, we love that chalk paint can be mixed allowing any colour can be created with just a little understanding of colour theory. Annie Sloan has helped by putting her paint chart into a colour wheel. Our first Nineteen colour mix is a gorgeous navy. We used Napoleonic blue and graphite as a 50\50 mix. We love it so much we have painted one of our display boards in Nineteen to help you visualise it in your interior. Colour mixing isn't as scary as some people think. By adding just a small amount can change a colour dramatically so no need to buy tins and tins of paint, a tester pot could be enough. Colour mixing also can use up several old tins of paint from previous projects and create something new.
We also have new products coming in, including Annie Sloan gilding wax. These aren't as harsh metallic as the gilding sheets, they add a subtle shimmer. Use them on metal handles, painted surfaces and more. . . .Being a wax these are simple to use, just rub into the surface with your fingers or a cloth. Five amazing finishes are available, bright and warm gold and dark silver, bright silver and copper.
We've also been working to develop a series of new workshops using Annie Sloan products. The Gilding workshop will feature learning about how to add gold, silver and copper leaf to a variety of surfaces, including a dramatic, large ampersand to take away. The Fabric Dyeing workshop looks at bundle dyeing to create patterns suitable for home furnishings and Decorative effects workshop with show you how to make something new look old.
We have run a few free wax and colour mixing events as a trail to see if these were of demand. From feedback we understand that helping with the waxing process is something you would like so we are creating a few mini workshops to help. these will including colour mixing and how to wax. We get a lot of questions about problems people have with these processes and we want to share our knowledge. We have been painting furniture now for 4 years in Annie Sloan chalk paint and been trained by Annie herself. We have gained alot of experience . . . we have some helpful hints and tips we can share with you on these mini workshops.