Back to Basics

Recently, I attended a “Back to Basics” training for Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. This is my 6th training utilizing Chalk Paint® and every single time, I learn new things and realize, again why I love this paint so much. Even after 4 years of working with paint & wax, I learned about the joy of working with Annie’s wax brush which has a beveled edge. The thick brush comes to a point with flexible bristles. This shape enables the even distribution of wax across the surface of any object. Why is this important, you ask? With this brush you are assured of not applying too much wax onto your piece. With even distribution you can apply a very thin coat of wax, which actually saves product and cuts down on time and effort while waxing. It really makes waxing a breeze and fun to use! With the brush you apply just a light coat of wax as if you are putting on face moisturizer and lightly wipe off the excess. No more pushing wax into the surface and pulling it off with a struggle. No more tired hands and arms! After putting one coat of wax on, you an quickly apply a 2nd very light coat to make sure every area is covered, wipe off the excess with a towel and “voila” the piece is finished.

A new painting technique I learned was how to lay down a thick coat of paint in a stippling method. I have stippled paint before, but this time we laid it on super thick! The more unevenly applied on the 1st layer of paint, the more texture can be created on your piece. If you use Old White for the base coat, you can apply any color on top of that base, Once the 2nd coat dries, use can use Annie’s sanding sponges (which come in 3 grains of coarseness) to distress the top layer. Wow, what a cool effect! The piece looks like it has weathered on the beach for ages! I cannot wait to use this technique on benches and picture frames.

If you would like to know how to master these techniques, check out our class schedule or give me a call & we can set up some training.

Kathy Burnett