The holidays call for a special kind of creative inspiration. As the gateway to the holiday season, Halloween invites a variety of creative ventures. From costumes to decorations to homemade treats, it has a little bit of everything.
For the experts in Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, October 31 means departing from furniture refinishing and delving into the paint’s other inventive uses. Here, Chalk Paint stockist Janet Metzger of The Empty Nest in Old Town Warrenton, Virginia, explores a bevy of fun Halloween projects. By painting on gourds, buckets, and papier-mâché letters, the projects are an easy and approachable way to get started with Chalk Paint.
“Boo!” painted gourd
“I love painting gourds, and certain shapes seem to take on a life of their own,” Janet says.
She transformed the gourd into a ghost, painting it Old White and then adding black eyes and a scary “Boo!” across the middle. She used carbon paper to transfer the outline of the letters onto the gourd and painted them with Graphite. For a final step she added clear and dark wax to seal the paint.
Autumn in Papier-Mâché
Janet didn’t stop there. To add to her Halloween décor, she used Chalk Paint on papier-mâché letters found at a local craft store. “Chalk Paint is perfect for papier-mâché,” Janet explains. She painted the letters in a range of earthy Chalk Paint colors and then applied a heavy layer of dark wax to give the letters an aged look.
Buckets of Fun
For the metal buckets, Janet put several crafting concepts to work. For the spider web, she began by painting it in Barcelona Orange, and then used hot glue to design a spider web. After the hot glue dried, she painted over the webbing with more Barcelona Orange.
Janet mixed Annie Sloan Dark Wax with some odorless mineral spirits, which loosens up the wax, and then used an inexpensive chip brush to carefully apply the dark glaze to the bucket surface. For the final step, Janet explains that she used her finger to add a touch of gilding wax to the surface of the raised webbing.
Inspired by that Halloween staple Candy Corn, the striped bucket was a simpler project. Janet applied a strip of Barcelona Orange, a strip of Old White, and a strip of English Yellow, and then applied Annie Sloan Clear and Dark waxes to finish.
Janet explains that these projects are fun and approachable, requiring no priming. Chalk Paint’s ease of use is one of her favorite things about the product. She would know, too. She’s been stocking the paint in her shop since 2011. Find her other creative projects here.
As for the best approach when using Chalk Paint, Janet says, “Relax and have some creative fun! If you don’t like it, simply paint over it and begin again.”