Friday, January 27, 2012

~A Painted Tray~ Carmen the Warrior Cat~ASCP Event Big Announcement~

Hello friends...I'm back and I've been very busy!
A few weeks ago, I found two very cool wood trays at a local consignment shop.
Normally I don't waste my time in those types of shops 
because usually they charge too much for their  items.
Having a middle man always bumps up the prices.

These two large trays were an exception.
This is the smaller one...think Bombay Co.
Very well made and beautiful lines, 
but no distinct wood grain to make me put the paint brush down.
Oh...and the price was right!
Out came the Annie Sloan chalk paints and after playing around with color mixing, I now have ..

Isn't she pretty and she has so much more personality, don't you think?
To get from plain to pretty

I mixed ASCP Antibes Green with Aubusson Blue
As I have said before, Annie's paintes mix like a dream.
Never muddy, just another dreamy color.
This one is darker than Provence and greener than Duck Egg.

You guys know that you don't have to prime or sand with ASCP...right?
Of course you do...silly me, I forgot you guys are 

My tray is trimmed with Old Ochre.
I waxed with clear, distressed and then another coat 
of clear with some dark on top of that.

On the base of the tray, I painted using an Impasto technique.
I let the paint thicken a little and brushed it on in a flat sided choppy way.
I guess not really brushed, 
but really lay the paint on and then hit it with the blowdryer to speed dry it.
The added texture looks great with dark wax,
it gives it something to grab onto.
I love the look.
Instant age.

And what has not been already said about 
the buttery glow of Annie's waxes.
I truly don't understand those who say they find these waxes hard to work with.
They practically apply themselves.
I believe most users who are having a hard time are simply applying too much wax.

Not too heavy on the distressing

Now I am ready for a proper cup of tea and a little Elizabeth I.
These trays are great when placed on a large ottoman
Perfect for serving company or just pretty when used in a vignette.
Hey Kim...Vignette this baby for me!!!!
Kim is the Queen  of Vignettes.
I will restyle the large tray 
and both of these beauties will go to my shop and hopefully find good homes.

While I was in the basement
Miss Carmen was keeping busy doing battle with a fly in the window.
Poor fly...he never saw it coming.

Miss Carmen was plain tuckered out after all that warfare..

I will be sharing here this week:

A reminder:
Annie is coming to the USA!!
Annie will be coming to 8 American cities to speak and conduct workshops.
What a day this will be...
This one day event will include 
Attend a 2 hour technique and color demonstration given by Annie herself
Join a break-out group for a 4 hour painting workshop with all paints and supplies included
Enjoy a hosted lunch
Annie will join each of the workshop groups for one on one talks
Enjoy a fabulous book signing/social hour with Annie at the end of the day
If you love ASCP..this is the event for you!!
Hey Guys...want to give your wife/girlfriend the Perfect Valentines gift?
All this for only $350 !
Imagine if Eric Clapton spent the whole day with you and taught you how to play the guitar..
including all his secret techniques..
And only charged you $350!!!!!
Thats exactly how I justify the worth it and it could be your only chance to meet Annie.
This will be her last international tour for a while.
**Here is the Big Announcement**
To sweeten the pot..those that register by Feb. 14th, Valentines Day
will be eligible to win a prize of ..
Are you ready for this?

You get to pick the colors awarded!
29 quarts of ASCP!!

One winner for each city Annie is visiting
So what are you waiting for?

Until next kind and stay creative.


Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Love the color and distressing on this tray! It's good to hear your kitty has been earning her keep. :)

Janet said...

Love that tray Janet, the shape and the finish....brilliant job!

The LadyBugs Garden said...

She is beautiful! I love the mixed color.

Lady Courtney said...

Gorgeous tray!!! I have a weakness for trays...bedroom, guestroom, livingroom, kitchen, use them everywhere, that one would look good in my bedroom. I'll be heading to FD today to buy some paint. I think I finally have the bench figured out. :)

Kathleen Grace said...

I love the tray makeover and I can see it holding the remotes in the living room, or serving drinks on the patio. Such a useful piece!

gail said...

Hi,, I have really enjoyed visiting your blog. I love your work! :) The tray redo with the ASCP is gorgeous. I am in a shop in AZ and she just become an Annie Sloan distributor. I have tried the paint and it really is awesome!
Have a great day and happy creating, Gail

Sue said...

Sure do love that color you mixed up, Janet. The tray turned out so great. Gee, what I could do to dress it and the table it'd be placed on. I'm the princess of vignettes! LOL

Colleen said...

Love, love, love this color. Thanks for showing your mixture. I'm looking for something very close to this color for my piano. Great job!

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