I have now been using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (link to website) for over three years and regularly feature my great pieces under what I am calling "The Custom Chalk Paint Collection" example on eBay. I have accumulated quite a few colors and am into my 2nd, 3rd and even 4th can for some.
|Old Ochre with Dark Wax|
Old White (most used)
Paris Grey (least used)
Emperor's Silk (like best)
Duck Egg Blue (like second best)
Country Grey (most recent add-on)
I have tried a number of techniques but have not necessarily achieved the "advanced" state - most of my techniques are fairly straight forward. By far, the most common application method is just several (at least two - often three) coats of paint with a clear wax finish.
See illustrations below of simple techniques:
I have created several photo boards to demonstrate the use of the different colors I've accumulated. They are all versatile colors.
|This is my biggest color - I am on my 4th can. It is a great off-white color that matches most cream/white backgrounds.|
|Duck Egg Blue was a very early purchase because I just loved the color. It has worked well on many pieces but does need a lighter fabric to complement it.|
|I love the brightness of Emperor's Silk but have found it hard to sell. I am about to add at least one more red piece to my inventory.|
|I bought CoCo because I wanted a color that somewhat mimics real "brown" wood. This is the closest color. I am enjoying using it and sometimes just add dark wax to get even closer to the color of brown wood.|
|I love this vanilla shade of white - almost a very pale yellow. I hadn't realized that I have used it exclusively with blue and blue and white - although I do see that it works beautifully! I should try with some other combos!|
|If Old White is too "white", I used Old Ochre. It is a nice neutral shade with just a hint of pale taupe.|
|Here is a close-up of a "gilding" technique over graphite. I have only done this once but liked how it turned out.|
Well, this was nice trip down memory lane and I enjoyed seeing the versatility of the paints. I would like to experiment some more but am always concerned about broader customer appeal. Maybe I'll pick up a can of the bright green in celebration of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day!!