October 17, 2011

Chalk Paint Class

For months I have been wanting to take a class on Chalk Painting.  I have taught myself several techniques, but I was eager to get some guidance from a professional in attempts to hone my skill and improve.

Celeste, who owns Catfish Creative Furnishings in Rockville, Maryland is the stockist I have used to purchase all of my Annie Sloan paint and supplies.  She has been trained by Annie and does amazingly beautiful work.  Read the story of why she is nicknamed "Catfish" here.

There were 6 students in the class, including me.  The class was held in the studio portion of On a Whim in Lucketts, Virginia.

Celeste advising the group and giving tips
I had my own table to work on and get messy!

In the morning portion of the class, we worked with sample boards and practiced different techniques and finishes

Celeste teaching us how to make colored wax

In the afternoon portion, we got to select a piece of furniture from the warehouse at On a Whim to paint! I chose a side table. 
I was drawn to the legs and the medallion.
I decided to do the "Two Color Technique" on my piece.  This means that I will layer two colors, then distress the piece when I wax it for a layered finish.  I promise to devote an entire blog to this piece so stay tuned!
Layer 1: Duck Egg Blue

Celeste was a great teacher and I had the BEST time.  I was literally grinning from 10am to 4pm.  I hope to take the advanced class when it is offered in the spring.

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