Annie Sloan - Painters in Residence: Floral Coral...



For our second project as Painters in Residence for Annie Sloan, we knew we wanted to have a go using her famous Chalk Paint®, mixed, to create our own custom colours. Inspired by many of Annie's books where she sings the praises of the paints unique ability to mix well together (due, in no small part to the mainly pure colour pigments, and very little black used in her mixes) and keep their vibrancy and punch...

We knew we wanted Pink... we're always pleased if we achieve neon... and we wanted something unabashedly SPRINGTIME!

SO- we took this little Victorian chest of drawers that I've had for years - it's quite petite, but has lovely clean lines that we felt could take the bold colour we were striving for - and we started mixing. Starting with a base of Pure White, we added Scandinavian Pink, Emperor's Silk, Barcelona Orange, and a touch of English Yellow, we mixed until we felt we had achieved a really great neon coral colour... and something quite different to anything already in the Chalk Paint® pallette. We also wanted a really flat smooth finish with this one, as that's our personal taste for paint finishes (and because this will probably end up back in our house) so we used Annie's new Flat Finish brush, which is really great and certainly delivers a smoother finish than the original brushes...

I then wanted to create a really exuberant Spring display with flowers so I styled it with gorgeous potted Spring Hyacinths, Primula, Narcissus and also added my favourite cut early spring flower, Hellbore, some eucalyptus and finally, straw for a little rustic edge (my chickens lost some bedding that week!). This was a really fun one to style, and I'm always in my element when tinkering with plants and flowers!

The fruit basket is a beautiful new season piece from Marks & Spencer, and I just love it. They're nailing their home range right now! The big bowl I have seems to be sold out online, but it's still in some stores... here is the range it's from. SO GOOD.

As always, check out Annie's blog to keep on top of new Painters in Residence releases. Can't wait to share the next project with you.

Let us know what you think, and if you have any questions about this project feel free to ask them below...

A&R