Here we are over half way through March already! Where has the month gone?
I've been so busy over the last few weeks that the poor old blog has been rather neglected but now, armed with a huge mug of hot chocolate and accompanied by one of my Spotify playlists I'll try to catch up.
I've been preparing a selection of my artwork for exhibition in a new tearoom which my sister is managing for an educational trust based on a nature reserve near Forfar. They haven't opened to the public yet, but she wanted the artwork in place this week as she was cooking lunch for the trustees and wanted the place to look "finished" so I had a deadline to work to which was probably quite a good thing as I'm inclined to procrastinate!
I do all my own framing and use a mixture of new and recycled frames which I usually paint to complement my work. Up until recently I have used either Farrow & Ball paints or artist's acrylics but I have just discovered the delights of Annie Sloan's wonderful paint. Those of you who follow Vintage Squirrel's blog (vintagesquirrelkatie.blogspot.com) will have seen some of the gorgeous projects Katie has carried out using Annie Sloan paint and her sister in law Cait (decoratescotland.blogspot.com) is an Annie Sloan stockist who also does unbelievably magical things with paint - do visit her blog!
I bought sample pots of a few colours and some of the soft wax recommended for use with the paint and set to work on some yellow varnished pine frames which I'd found in a charity shop. One of the lovely aspects of this paint is that you don't need to do a lot of initial preparation. It has a lovely thick, chalky consistency and is very easily applied. Cait advises two coats of paint, then wax followed by sandpapering before finishing with more wax and that certainly worked well on my frames.
|charity shop finds|
|F&B James White - lovely paint!|
I'm really excited about my first dabblings with this paint and have already started planning a few projects around the house. We have a long narrow island in the kitchen, and I think it would look wonderful painted in Duck Egg Blue, then there's a rather scuffed old tea trolley, and a chest of drawers, and a chair, and......................................the list is endless!