|Nancy and I at her shop, The Sea Rose Cottage|
It was wonderful to learn some new techniques with the chalk paint:
|Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint & Waxes|
We had so much fun experimenting with the paints. Many of you know that I gravitate toward blues. So at the class I decided to try out some colors that I haven't before - French Linen - a dark color, Graphite - nearly black and Paloma - a pale, lavender grey.
We were joined at the Sea Rose Cottage by Cindy who owns The Roman Table in Scituate Harbor. It was her first time trying out the paints and I think she loved them.
|Cindy painting with Versailles|
Nancy took us through all different techniques. Some I have tried before: Wash Method, Sand Back Method and Dry Brush Method. Some new ones for me were: Wet Brush with Wax Method, Simple Crackle Technique and Tinted Wax Method.
I was surprised that with the crackle method you just use a blow dryer to get that effects - no harsh chemicals!
I really loved the tinted wax method and can't wait to try this on some pieces! Last night was literally dreaming of painting furniture and what I could Graphite under etc. I'm so very inspired and can't wait to pop the lid on my new cans of paint.
Here are the sample boards I created in Bristol. I'm not sure if you can see the differences with the clear and dark wax:
|Crackle with Paloma (L), Sand back and dry brushing with Cream and Paris Grey (R)|
|French Linen over Graphite (L), Cream and Paris Grey (R)|
I also picked up this gilding wax yesterday! A little pot of gold that will work magic on mirrors and details of furniture:
We finished the day off with lunch at Aidan's Pub dining on the patio in the sunshine and hit a few antique / consignment shops before heading back to the South Shore. Could there be a better way to spend a day with my mom?