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Annie Sloan - Painters in Residence: Colour-Washed Platters...


Our latest Painters in Residence project for Annie Sloan is now live, and up on her blog...

We really enjoyed this one - especially the styling and photographing stage of the project - and we loved coming up with an unusual and inventive take on how to use Annie's famous Chalk Paint. As Annie's Painters in Residence, we were tasked with doing something interesting and new with the paint, and we thought creating a transparent glaze of colour, that you could apply to ceramics, was certainly a new spin!

We created these lovely platters with air-drying Das clay, and rolled some of our Irish linen fabric in to them, while wet, to imprint them with texture. This gave us lovely texture to rub the wax glazes into, and I love how painterly and soft the colour washes came out... it was exactly as I had envisioned. 

The How-To for this project is actually in this month's Reloved Magazine, as well as up on Annie's blog - which you can read, here...

 

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

 

 

Annie Sloan - Painters In Residence: Succulent Chaise-Longe...



You might have already seen on our social media pages that we were chosen to be in the second wave of Painters in Residence for the lovely Annie Sloan of Chalk Paint® fame! We couldn't be more honoured and delighted, and we're thrilled to have our work introduced to her legions of fans across the world.

Well, we set to work creating five swoon-worthy projects, using Annie's lovely Chalk Paint® in a unique, inspiring and unusual way, and we had a lot of fun coming up with projects that really reflected our house style here at abigail*ryan and felt truly 'us'...

The first project we created - The Succulent Chaise - went online a few weeks ago, while we were away in New York (more on that, soon) and we're delighted to share a little more about it here.

It was certainly a labour of love, and it took me several weeks of hand-painting to complete the piece, but I just love the finished article, and you know me, I LOVE that it's covered in succulents!

I started with a rather tired and grubby old Victorian chaise that had seen better days. The leather (or faux leather) upholstery had been stencilled at one point, and the wood-work wasn't in great condition so I didn't feel too bad painting it. There are a LOT of pieces of furniture that are way too beautiful to be painted, but this wasn't one of them...

I painted the entire upholstered area in Pure White, and then, once dry, sketched on some succulent forms in pencil, referencing some photo's I'd take of our plants, some from garden centres etc... then, after succulent number 50 or so, started to use my imagination as well... hehe... following that, I mixed up some lovely shades of paint using Florence, Antibes and Provence, mixed with more Pure to create the lovely succulent shades and then I also used Henrietta and Emile directly from the pot and I just loved the pink shades they added to the mainly green-blue piece. To paint the succulents, I mainly stuck to two or three shades, painted with a fine artist brush, and then, once dry, I outlined them with a black fine liner pen. This took a wee while as the chalky finish clogged the nib a bit, but it created a look I love, so I was happy to persevere...

On to the wood-work, I used Florence (it was a close run thing with Antibes!) for all-over the woodwork and then used Aubusson to highlight the trimmed area. I then applied two coats of clear wax and buffed it with a cloth for a bit of a sheen. 

I decided not to wax the upholstered area because it is going to be a purely decorative piece, though our dog Hamish had a wee sit on it when we weren't looking... I was also worried the pen I used might run if I waxed it, and didn't want to risk it after all the hours of painting! 

Overall, we're just delighted with this project and the reaction we've received online is just lovely. We can't wait until the next project is revealed and we can share it with you here, too.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this project, and I will do my best to answer them! Have you ever intricately painted a piece of furniture? Fun, isn't it?!

You can read more about this project over on Annie's blog, too.

More soon!

Abigail x