|Yours Truly, working to prep an old chair |
As I mentioned before, we have a local business venture going and Ian and just launched our interior decor Brocante in the Barossa boutique yesterday, with a Grand Opening...Open for business then an Open Shop Celebration in the evening. We have been doing heaps of work leading up to this: business planning, logistics, supply chain, a shop fit out build, set up, and now we are open. We still have more inventory to acquire or take delivery of, to fill the store up more...but we have the core start and are adding complementary products. So exciting times !
|Complementary colours and mixing using |
the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint range,
painted into our shop copy of the
Annie Sloan Work Book
The product is very expressive artistically, and I look forward to working more with it. I have done a couple workshops when in USA last year and also the retailer training was very informative. I am so impressed with the product and how easily it can be used to achieve beautiful effect for furniture, walls, floors, and other items around the home. I certainly do not see old items in my home the same way anymore--they are all getting sized up for a paint job !!
|Annie Sloan Chalk Paint can be|
used for gilding. Use acrylic
gold size (fast drying) over the
painted surface, lay on the gold
(or other metal) leaf onto the size.
Seal with the soft wax.
|Transformation of chair I was prepping|
in top photo above. Painted and waxed in
Deep Ocean Waters finish.
The chair to right is an example of how artistic this product can be. This was done in a pale olive colour called Versailles as an undercoat. A rich warm blue base coat, called Aubusson Blue. It is nearly teal. The chair may look teal, but that is because I lightly distressed the Aubusson Blue to expose a bit of Versailles. And I applied a dry brush wash of a vivid deep coppery green called Florence over the distressed parts. The chair got sealed with a clear wax finish and then just a little bit of antiquing wax has been used to bring out the carved detail in the back and turned spindles and legs. The result is a finish I call Deep Ocean Waters. It looks like the water I have seen when boating in New Zealand, when the sun is shining over the deep sea water and looks deep teal and aqua colours. This chair is in our boutique window display (and it is for sale).
|Painted finish on metal clock|
frame, showing beautiful
vivid coppery greens.
Those of you who recall my verdigris lions and other green moods in my paintings might not be surprised by this next project. The clock here is a little IKEA hack, I took a metal enamelled IKEA wall clock and put Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on it. Yes, it sticks to metal !! This is one reason I did the project, to show customers that the paint sticks to nearly all surfaces, including metal. For paintwork, I used layers and blends of Florence, Antibes Green, and Old Ochre. Applied a clear wax layer to seal the paint. Then I distressed the painted finish with a very light hand. And lightly applied a dark antiquing wax to deepen the coppery green colour. The clock is now on the boutique wall, by our counter.
|Novice job comes good. Stencilled feature wall.|
|Laser cut letters by JAG Signs.|
Letters are painted and
installed on the feature wall
Our sign writer has been busy this week. Laser cut letters for inside feature wall signage, and we painted them in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colour Graphite.
|Window signage !|
Outside, we now have signs on the faschia marquis area.
And a best I could do in that light shot. Showing the signs done for our windows, including the Annie Sloan stockist logo badges.
|exterior signage, shown from Murray Street, Angaston|
More in a post soon about the artistic directions planned for this business ! And as soon as the new website is ready, I will post a link to that too (its under construction currently, another week and it will launch)