Saturday, August 25, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Workshop

Last weekend, I went to an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Workshop at my friend, Sue’s house.  What a lot of fun we had! 


Along with Sue and myself, Debby from Cozy Blanket was there, as well as our instructor, Jean.


Jean brought along a lot of things for us to practice on and with!



We all brought our own piece already painted in the color of our choice.  I brought this mail/desktop organizer that I found at Goodwill, thinking that the detailing would be great for adding either wax or some other technique I might learn.  I painted it in ASCP Pure White ahead of time.


Making sure our cameras are working!


Besides our own projects, Jean had brought along some molding pieces for us to try our hand at different techniques.  I don’t usually distress my projects with sanding, so this was new to me.  This is a piece with Emile applied first, then Country Grey. We lightly sanded to bring the Emile underneath out.


Here we added wax ~ clear and dark.


Jean gave us some tips for adding the dark wax when you want to have the crevices look a little darker and aged looking.


Finally, I also tried the gold gilding wax.  It is very subtle looking in the picture but it really added a nice touch to certain parts of this practice piece.


Jean also had us try a clouding technique, using two colors at the same time, on this bust she had brought along.  Here is Sue trying her hand at it.


Jean offering some tips.


We all brought along a little something to contribute to our lunch and had it in Sue’s beautiful backyard.





Then it was back to work and we started on the pieces that we brought with us.  Jean explaining what Debby could do to her piece, which was painted in Arles.


Debby working on a plate rack she brought along, as well, painted in Duck Egg.


Sue working on her little table, also painted in Duck Egg, under Jean’s watchful eye.


The final outcome of my piece.  Jean had suggested using a combination of clear and dark wax {after clear waxing} so the Pure White wouldn’t look “dirty” with just the dark wax.  I also used the gold gilding wax on the raised detailing and along those curved areas.


Me with my piece!


All in all it was a fun day, learning new techniques, and spending time with friends {including a new one}! 


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Sounds like such a fun day. Your piece looks so pretty and you look fabulous in your cute little jean apron you made. Love it. Hugs, Marty

Sherry said...

I would love to learn some painting techniques. I know that I don't have the time to do much right now but I do know that I am going to have to give some Annie Sloan paint a try. I love the duck egg color for my guest room. Your project turned out great.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Looks like you had a great time, Kathy. I love the way your piece turned out.

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Kathy, your mail holder turned out nicely. The dark wax looks great highlighting the details on it. It must be fun painting and learning with friends. I have a dresser and chest painted but haven't waxed them yet. This is my first attempt at chalk painting. I am a little nervous about applying the dark wax but I have watched videos so we will see how it goes. You look great, BTW!--------- Shannon

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

What a FUN DAY! I would love to do something just like this with such wonderful like-minded friends!

I really love how your mail organizer turned out, looks awesome!

You are so pretty in your super-groovy denim apron, too - you are so clever!

Have a happy weekend!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a fun day!! Your piece looks fabulous Kathy! Sue's gardens are gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Kathy, this looks like so much fun! I love everyone's pieces! How nice that you and Sue met through blogging! Sue'd backyard is gorgeous!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Looks like it was fun! What gorgeous back yard she has!

Sonny G said...

your piece looks great Kathy and spending time with pals is the BEST.

NanaDiana said...

Oh-I love it- Forget the workshop -I want to move INTO that backyard. It is just gorgeous!!! xo Diana

ps. Did Debby behave herself? Don't lie!!!

LuLu Kellogg said...

I love the way your piece turned out!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Looks like you all had a great day filled with fun and learning great techniques...Beautiful setting for a lunch...fabulous back yard...Love your letter box..turned out great!!

This N That said...

I love how yours turned out..I wish I had the guts to do that..I love the look..

Blondie's Journal said...

Your piece looks terrific, Kathy! All those waxes would befuddle me but I guess the workshop is to demystify some of that. How nice to enjoy the day with blogger friends! It all looks so fun!


cathy@my1929charmer said...

Glad you got so much out of the glass and it does sound like you had fun. I love how you letter holder ended up, very pretty. I wanted to stop by and thank you for letting me know you liked my stenciled wall. I do too!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Sounds like fun! But then, the sound of just going out on the back porch sounds delectable to me, because I'm stuck inside! I lust for her yard.

DIYbyDesign said...

Sounds like a wonderful day. I love the way your piece turned out. I would love to attend an AS chalk paint class. I have to see if I can find one around here. Her hydrangeas in planters are gorgeous. I didn't know you could plant hydrangeas in planters. I must do this next year. Maybe it will keep the landscapers away from them!!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Looks like you had a fun day doing what you like to do with great company!!!


melissa @ said...

I would love to attend a class! I always wonder if I am doing something "wrong?" I am sure that you had a great time! Your piece turned out great! Life to the full, Melissa

Shabby chic Sandy said...

What a fun class! Your project turned out really nice. I really like that Duck Egg color. Still trying to decide if it is worth the price!

Amy Chalmers said...

Love how your mail sorter came out...glad you got a chance to take a class! I love that it was at her house and it looked like a wonderful time. Love the gilding waxes~don't you?

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Looks like so much fun! I hope to get to one of those classes some day. Your mail sorter is so pretty, love the details.

Sue said...

Hey girlfriend! We did have a good time, didn't we? I think my dark waxing has definitely improved- I did another table this week. I just have to get out of the perfection mode. LOL
We need to get together again soon for a shopping trip. Columbus, maybe?

Debby said...

I still have written about the workshop. I think I will just refer everyone to your blog and Sue's, hah. Such a busy week will be easier.
You did such a good job explaining.
Yes, Diana, I behaved myself, I did didn't I?????

Becca Bertotti said...

What a great day, Kathy! I love the techniques you all applied. Your piece looks beautiful, too ... fabulously vintage now! And, what a serene setting for lunch! Thanks for sharing!

Blue Creek Home said...

Wasn't it fun getting to play!!! Your piece turned out great. I have 2 of the gilding colors and have a few more on the way. I am anxious to play with them!

farmhouse-story said...

this must have been so much fun, kathy! and her garden is amazing!

Pam Kessler said...

Looks like you girls had fun! Your mail sorter turned out fantastic!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...


Lou Cinda

Marilyn *Pink Martinis and Pearls* said...

I l ove how your project turned out. :)

Little Miss Maggie said...

I took the ASCP workshop too. It was a terrifically fun day and I love working with the paint.

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