In our May/June 2014 issue, we celebrate the wonders of Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan. This paint is a powerhouse in the DIYer’s arsenal because of its design-savvy properties. The colour selection alone is exquisite, but in addition to that, it requires little-to-no surface prep, is non-toxic, and can be used with a variety of techniques and styles to create myriad looks. [Note: We’re going with the British spelling of “colour” in Annie’s honor—plus it just looks happier that way.]
While our crew was in Oxford, England, with Annie, she invited us into her shop and workroom to see where she performs makeover magic on flea-market finds and car boot sale salvages. The design expert and accomplished author focuses her efforts on teaching others how to save furnishings and fixtures from the rubbish bin. She also shares information on how to interpret style and bring beauty into the home. Though the majority of her pieces feature basic techniques, this creative genius also enjoys exploring other possibilities.
Annie introduced us to one of her latest works: a dresser boasting a wavy-striped design that mimics watercolour brushstrokes. Immediately, we were smitten. Her fine art background came shining through as we saw both classical and impressionistic influence in the piece, but in truth, the palette alone stole our affection. Ever the educator, she graciously shared her technique for this pretty piece with us:
PAINT BY WATERCOLOUR
1. Apply a wash of colour all over the top (use a fine diluted layer of colour on the surface you are going to work on).
2. Paint translucent lines across the surface with the full width of a large brush. Gently wipe the wet paint with a dry cloth.
3. In another colour, paint thicker, watercoloury, wettish stripes that blur into each other. Wipe it down with a cloth
4. Sand to give texture, and finish with a coat of wax.
Find out more about this project and enjoy other adventures in painterly things on her blog Annie Sloan • Paint & Colour. And be sure to check out the feature story in our May/June 2014 issue to learn more about this innovative and talented artisan.