Hello friends.....it has been a busy..busy couple of weeks!
The Washington Post ran a great article about
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
and my cell phone was ringing non-stop!
Everyone wanted to know where I was located and what time my shop was open...if they could sign up for a workshop.
It was crazy ....
It gave me a great opportunity to tell everyone about the fabulous
being held on March 31st
There are still a few tickets available,
although they are selling quickly, so don't get left out!
So besides answering my cell phone a lot
I have been painting
I have been wanting to showcase some of Annie's
beautiful colors that you are not seeing used very much.
This is a crime because every color is majestic in it's own right.
|Almost forget to snap a before pick..a blogging cardinal sin!|
Here is a wood shelf I found on Craig's List awhile back.
It is very heavy and has a kind of Potterybarn
black finish on it.
With a pretty relief of roses at the top,
this piece was screaming for a color more feminine than
Introducing the lovely
This color combination was inspired by my blog friend
Amy @ Maison Decor
Amy collects the most gorgeous purple transferware
Don't her roses look much more at home?
The magic happened with ASCP Emile
a little Old White
and some 14 carat gold
I don't know why I am not seeing this color being used more
it is truly lovely!
I started with a coat of Emile..not too worried about complete coverage.
If a little black peaks through..that's ok..
|sorry for the blurry pic..my camera setting was wrong!|
I then dry brushed on some ASCP Old White
letting lot's of Emile show.
I painted the bead board insert in Old White.
I then applied some clear wax and
distressed with a sanding block to expose even more Emile.
With an artist paint brush, I applied some gold leaf sizing.
This can be purchased at your local craft or art supply shop.
The sheets of gold leaf can also be purchased at the same shop as the sizing.
They usually come in a pack of 25 sheets.
Brush the sizing wherever you want the gold to show.
It will stay tacky even after it is dry and this only takes a few minutes.
First of all...never try to gold leaf near a fan and please try not to sneeze...
this stuff is VERY delicate and tisse paper thin.
Very gently lay the sheet of leafing onto the tacky area
Now using another clean soft bristled brush
carefully brush down the leafing.
You will see it adhering to the sizing without much work.
Continue laying the sheet of leaf on the sized areas and
all the while brushing with your soft artist brush
This part goes pretty quickly and you will be smiling at this point.
Wasn't that easy?
Metallic leafing adds such a touch of glamour
and you get such a big bang for your buck.
People will Oooo and Ahhhh over your piece.
Don't tell them how easy it was
That will be our secret
I added just a touch more gold to the railing...not solidly,
but so it had the look of having worn off over time
What do you think?
I hope you give metallic leafing a try
it can really punch up a boring piece
Until the real roses are in bloom
I'l take gilded ones !
Until next time...be kind and stay creative!
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