This modern bureau has been painted with our Eco-friendly Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Chicago Grey. Chalk Paint® Gloss Lacquer has been applied on the bottom drawers and to create the scallop design – which was formed by following the outline of Chalk Paint® Wax lid.

The circle details around the scallops have been added using Old White and the wooden end of a Detail Brush. The top of the bureau was finished with Matt Lacquer. The stool has been painted in Antoinette, with feet painted in Old White, then finished with Gloss Chalk Paint® Lacquer. The Wall has been painted in Original and the floorboards were given a wash of Old White. Finally, the painting ties everything together with Antoinette and Original.

September 11, 2019

Colour Mix

Chalk paint mixing with the help of Annie Sloan’s colour wheel!

The foundation of any colour mix begins with the understandingof primary colours. This basic concept tends to takea back seat during the colour mixing process which then complicates our colour choices. Iwas able to pickup several easy to comprehend tipsand understand shades or colour palettes that work together from my workshop with Annie Sloan in Oxford.

Annie’s love for colour theory blossomed at her art school, which then led her to develop the versatile range of Annie Sloan Chalk Paints.

Most of us learnt about the colour triangle/wheel when we were children – the basic theory being thatany colour you envision may be created by combining the primary coloursi.e. red, blue, and yellow in different proportions. However, making a custom colour is not as easy as that! Many a times you could land up with sludgy brown instead of a gorgeous earthy yellow or a deep rich purple.

With this in mind when Annie created her range of Chalk Paints, she wanted to provide her users with aneasy to understand tool that could help launch them into the exciting world of colours. Most of us wouldn’t even imagine some of the beautiful shades that could be created using this tool. She developed her very own personalized version of the colour wheel to make things fun and user-friendly.

In Annie’s tool the original wheel has been reduced to this triangle. The three corner points are shades that one cannot create by mixing, the primary colours – which in Annie’s world are called Emperor’s Silk, English Yellow and Napoleonic Blue. From these three, the colours expand to make oranges, greens and purples, such as Arles, Florence and Emile. As there is very little black pigment in her chalk paint,upon mixing one can be sure that one will not end up with that sludgy, dull brown shade.

Talking of black, if you wish to darken a colour the best way is to not add black (i.e. Graphite) but to find its complementary colour. To do this simply find the colour on the opposite side of the wheel and add adash to thecolour you intend to darken. For example, if you want to darken Emperor’s Silk, you could add a little Olive or Florence to arrive at a beautiful, rich red. This technique, when paired with the same initial base colourbrings depth and vibrancy to any piece of furniture. For example, you could paint a chest of drawers Emperor’s Silk and then use the darkened, mixed red for any detailing or even just on the corners of the drawers, to really make the piece interesting.

Our mixing sticks which are now in stock are perfect for making your own custom coloursand also to give your rested paint tins a good mix before you begin painting.

August 17, 2019

Client Diaries

artsynest client diaries

We anticipate this to be the first of many client diaries we intend to showcase over the next few months. This chapter and the related images are about our extremely talented first client Ms. Khushboo from Allahabad who runs a studio called The French Studio.

With no professional background in fine arts, Ms. Khushboo in fact completed her bachelors and masters in biotechnology, and her professional life began along a completely different tangent. However, her calling was always furniture design and the creation of beautiful and unique spaces. She finds existing options with regard to furniture currently available in the Indian market, to be quite mundane and standard. She believes the only alternatives available are traditional Indian pieces or bulk Chinese imports. Furthermore, she feels furniture designers in the Indian market have missed out and not caught on to international trends in the space that are now in significantly high demand.

Thus began her tryst with furniture painting. In the year 2017 she began to paint a few pots at home to familiarize herself with the process of furniture painting. As she worked on more and more pieces and artefacts she began to explore different techniques of painting and different options with regard to furniture paints. This is when she came across Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Annie Sloan waxes!

She was instantly in love! As a mother of two the things that attracted her most towards these paints is the fact that they are non-toxic, baby friendly and odourless. And once she was able to procure these paints and revamp her center table, there was no looking back! Other than the obvious factors such as minimal surface preparation, applicability on any surface, minimal to no requirement of labour, ease of use and low cost the things that drove her to come back for more Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is the warmth, texture and depth she is able to achieve in every piece. She feels that every piece “speaks for itself” when created with these paints and waxes – and all other furniture paints pale in comparison.

Khushboo has been extremely successful in her new venture and hopes to open her own retail studio soon. She is one of several happy clients and as a testimonial to Annie Sloan would like to thank her for creating “super awesome products and providing the right encouragement and inspiration.”

Khushboo – we wish you to the best and look forward to visiting your retail store soon! Onwards and Upwards!

We hope you love the images of Khusboo’s work below as much as we do!

artsynest client diaries
artsynest client diaries
artsynest client diaries
artsynest client diaries
Terracotta Chalk Paint

How about this gorgeous backdrop against the fresh, vibrant and earthy setting in this space!

This romantic, terracotta plaster effect wall has been created using a combination of the following shades of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – Paloma, Scandinavian Pink and Henrietta. This effect has been achieved by applying a base coat of Scandinavian Pink and addition of diluted Henrietta in a haphazard manner on top, after drying of the base coat. A 1:1 ratio between Chalk Paint and water is an ideal starting point for a project like this. While the paint is still wet, crumpled paper can be used to rub off some of it and create texture. After the initial two coats are dry a final wash with Paloma will provide the desired plaster effect.

In case the wall being painted is in an area exposed to the elements such as sunshine and rain, one should consider using Annie Sloan Matt Chalk Paint Lacquer to ensure sealing of the paint to the surface, adding durability and providing UV protection.

This soft, powdery look is achieved using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint but a similar effect can be created with Annie Sloan Wall Paint as well

Continue to follow our periodic posts for great wall painting ideas for home, some of the best interior design ideas and more information on this amazing and diverse wall texture paint.