Painted Weathered Sign Tutorial

I found this great wood sign in need of a little color.  Lucky for me it already had an interesting texture from layers of paint built-up on the surface. 

Eat Sign Before

I decided to paint the sign a more appetizing color—Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Tricycle Red.  I also planned on distressing the painted finish to give the sign a weathered look.

Tricycle-Collage1 Photo Courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

The white surface would probably require multiple coats of red paint to get full coverage—typical of most bright red paints over a light base.  Since I would have to use multiple coats of paint anyway, it was a great chance to make the project more colorful.  I started by painting the sign a dark red color using Primer Red Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

Primer Red Paint

Once dry, I painted over Primer Red with Provence Chalk Paint® –not trying for perfect coverage.  The combination of paint layers and a more gentle approach to distressing the paint will allow me to avoid revealing the ‘original’ white finish later.

Provence over PR

When the surface was dry, I ran a wax puck over some of the edges of the sign so it would resist the Milk Paint allowing some of the underlying color to show through.

mms_wax_puck

Photo courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

I mixed up a batch of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Tricycle (the perfect Americana red color!) and painted the sign being careful not to overwork my brushstrokes.  

Tricycle Milk Paint Mix

Taking a cue from resist/textural techniques used in watercolor paintings (often achieved with salt, sand or sawdust), I quickly sprinkled sawdust over areas of wet paint varying the amount I used from heavy to light. 

Sawdust Distress

The sawdust absorbed the watery Milk Paint and, once removed, gave more of an eroded look to the finish.

Letter a

As the sign dried, I rubbed the areas of dried paint and sawdust working the particles off the surface (at least most of them!) 

Rustic Distress

I also removed some of the sawdust in the wetter areas to work off larger amounts of paint for a more rustic appeal.

Sign Edge Detail

I carefully scraped the edges (where the wax puck was used) and lightly sanded areas to create an aged effect without revealing the white paint underneath.

Eat Sign Close Up

The sign was sealed with Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax and Antiquing Wax.  The wax really brings out the rich redness of the painted finish!

Eat_Sign_After

Bon appétit!

 

September 2013 Events!

 September 2013 Events

We welcome you to join us at any and all of our events scheduled for September, 2013.  Join us for a workshop or a free demonstration or helps us celebrate our featured Artist for Art Night Bristol Warren!

Restyle-Your-Furnishings Workshop with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan Tuesday September 17th,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   $175 per person

Ready to dive in to the world of decorative finishing with Chalk Paint®?   Want to learn best practices for achieving professional quality finishes? Then this class is for you!

We cover 6 decorative techniques in this comprehensive and lively 4 hour session.   Click on this link to learn more and to register.

Art Night Bristol Warren, Thursday September 26th from 5-9 p.m

Please join us at Sea Rose Cottage (21 Constitution Street, Bristol) as we host Artist & Educator Lauren Enjeti for the September Art Night Bristol Warren Event.

Lauren Enjeti is a Graphic Designer and Art Educator in the Bristol Warren Regional School District. She was trained as an Illustrator and Teacher at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Framed and unframed archival digital paintings and prints will be available for sale.  Stop by for some conversation,  inspiration and light snacks and refreshments! Click on this link to learn more.

FREE Demonstration at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod, September 29th from 2-4pm

Please join us at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod 5 Main Street in Cotuit, MA for a free demonstration featuring Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and complementary products including Annie Sloan Clear and Dark Soft Wax.

 


As usual, be prepared for a lively question & answer session!  Learn about some tips and tricks for achieving beautiful finishes.  Space is limited, follow this link to our “Events” page to register.

 

 

 

Henrietta to the rescue!

I had a request for a custom Chalk Paint® color match for an image on my website – pedal car pink!

While Annie Sloan’s color palette introduces endless possibilities….

 I started with a short list…

Henrietta, Antoinette, Scandinavian Pink, Emperor’s Silk, and Primer Red.

To envision each Chalk Paint® color mixed with Old White, check out a great post here.

Henrietta

After considering the colors and gradations, I decided to mix Henrietta (a rich clean pink with a touch of lilac) with Annie Sloan’s Pure White.

Using Pure White (rather than Old White) will result in a cleaner color and a closer match to the bright light-pink of the pedal car.


Funny enough, I spent most of my time figuring out how little of Henrietta Chalk Paint® I needed to mix into the Pure White!

In the end, 1 Part Henrietta to 16 Parts Pure White Chalk Paint® made the best match.

That would equate to mixing 1/2 sample pot of Henrietta (2 oz) to 1 quart of Pure White (32 oz).  I think even lighter versions would be just gorgeous!

 Thanks Henrietta!

Mixing it up with Pearl Plaster & Chalk Paint®

I mentioned in an earlier post that Artisan Enhancements Pearl Plaster is now available at Sea Rose Cottage.  Learn more about the magic of Pearl Plaster or purchase here.

Pearl Plaster adds a lustrous, pearlescent quality to furniture and wall finishes.  In its natural state, its shimmery pearl color is just fabulous!

What is also fun about Pearl Plaster is that you can tint it with Chalk Paint® too!  The general rule of thumb is to use 10-15% Chalk Paint® to Pearl Plaster.  Be careful not to thin it down too much.

I was working on a project over the weekend and ended up tinting the Pearl Plaster with a custom mix of French Linen & Paris Grey Chalk Paint®.  The color had a modern zinc-like feel.

After I saw the result,  I became curious about the many Pearl Plaster color variations that can be created with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and her rich color palette.

 

While I didn’t mix all of Annie’s 30 gorgeous colors with the Pearl Plaster, I did pick out a few of the more saturated ones.

Like Aubusson Blue and Florence…

Provence and Emile

and Graphite and Old Violet.

I used 1 Part Chalk Paint to 10 Parts Pearl Plaster for my mixes.

I love the beautiful shimmering light blue-grey of Aubusson Blue  & Pearl Plaster.
 The light sparkling spa-green color created with Provence is just exquisite,

and with Graphite, Pearl Plaster creates a wonderful modern silver-grey finish.


Mixing it up with Pearl Plaster and Chalk Paint® is a great way to extend your metallic color range!

How would you mix it up?

 

Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Painterly

I am always a bit of a last minute holiday shopper.  No doubt, a bad habit formed in college! It seems I was always in a rush to buy presents after cramming for mid-term exams.  I’m afraid I haven’t broken the habit.

If you are anything like me and you are a little behind on gift buying, here are some last-minute gift ideas for the painterly person in your life.

1.  The Annie Sloan Workbook.   The Annie Sloan Workbook is the perfect choice for color and paint ideas and inspiration.  It is part sketch book and part design planner.  A great companion for the creative soul.  Annie encourages us all to “Go ahead and paint in the book.”  It is sure to become a prized possession!

2.  A new paint brush of course – or a set of brushes!   I love Annie Sloan’s brushes – they are heavenly to paint with!

3.  Splurge on a wax brush—or two!  For the Painter or Refinisher, a waxing brush is a great tool to have in hand.

             

4.  Paint samples are perfect for tackling a small project, to experiment with new colors or color mixes and to take a new product for a test drive.  Buy one or two for stocking stuffers or choose a selection and make your own sampler kit.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™

 Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

5.  Give something shiny and bright--French Gilding Waxes bring sparkle and a “wow ” factor to a variety of projects and surfaces.


6.  Buy a gift certificate for a Workshop or create an “IOU” for redemption at a later date. This is a great gift for the hands-on-learner and something that will keep the creative spark burning long after the Holidays!

 

7.  Do-It-Yourself and Design Books are a great resource all year round.  Two of my favorites are Annie Sloan’s Quick and Easy Paint Transformations and Creating the French Look.

            

8.  Mix it up.  Put your own combination of fun accessories together and wrap it up!  After all, you need time to enjoy the season too!

Happy Gifting!