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?

 

Gilded Stenciled Mirror {Before & After}

About a year ago we visited our friends Scott & Sandy in Boston.  They were in the process of cleaning out some things in storage and –knowing I like to paint things– they generously sent me home with two of their old mirrors.

Since then, the mirrors have made a home here –waiting patiently in line with all my other unfinished projects for a bit of time and a creative spark.  Luckily inspiration finally arrived…

in the form of Annie Sloan’s Work Book (perfect for color and paint ideas and tips!),

 Royal Design Studio’s Springtime in Paris Stencil (in French Script oo-la-la!)…

and in Hello Lovely’s beautiful stenciled mirror!

I sketched out my project ideas and color mixes in my new Work Book and dug in.

I used Empire Gold Gilding Wax to stencil the poem onto the mirror.  I taped the stencil down and applied the Gilding Wax onto the mirror through trial and error…

In the end, it worked out best to apply a good dose of the gilding wax to the top of a sponge dauber and pounce it onto the surface.

 

I painted the frame in a mix of Aubusson Blue and Old White Chalk Paint™.  After it dried, I wiped off the paint to reveal some of the original gold finish.

Next, I dry brushed Cream Chalk Paint™ lightly onto the surface.  Taking a tip from Annie’s Work Book, I decided not to wax the painted frame.

I love the chalky, gesso-like feel and the flat quality of the un-waxed paint and how the gold script shimmers in the light.

Now finished, the mirror has found its rightful place–over our mantel!

P.S.   Please don’t tell Scott & Sandy!