18 August 2015


Last week I hosted my third live Twitter Q&A, and loved every second of it. I asked you to tweet your questions to me using the hashtag #AskAnnieSloan – and spent an hour answering as many as I could possibly get through! Here are the questions and answers for those of you who missed it.

6 August 2015

Abigail & Ryan Bell's Shibori Tie-Dye Fabric

For their final project as Painters in Residence, the brilliant husband and wife design-duo, Abigail and Ryan Bell (of Abigail*Ryan), created this beautiful shibori dyed fabric – using my paint, Chalk Paint® as a dye!

The pair were inspired by Japanese Shibori, a tie-dying method which uses real indigo. They knew that my paint would be a great substitute for indigo – it is highly pigmented and works incredibly well as a dye.

Abigail and Ryan worked with three blues from the Chalk Paint® palette to make different dyes – Aubusson Blue, Greek Blue and Napoleonic Blue. They mixed each colour with water, using a rough ratio of 1 part paint to 20 parts water.

The couple folded their cotton fabric and secured the folds with rubber bands and clothes pegs as they went along. They then soaked the folded fabric in the dye mix for around 30 minutes. Once the colour had absorbed they rinsed the fabric throughly, un-tied it and left it to dry. (I would recommend leaving your fabric to drip dry outdoors or by a heater. Once dry, iron or tumble dry the fabric to seal the colour. Hand wash or wash the fabric on its own.)

The couple used the fabric to make gorgeous cushions, and to re-upholster the seat cushion of their Parker Knoll chair – which now looks fabulous with the wood painted in Napoleonic Blue too!

I hope you've enjoyed following Abigail & Ryan's projects as my Painters in Residence and have been inspired by their love of bright colours and design.

Yours, Annie

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23 July 2015

Agnieszka Krawcyzk's Pretty Pastel Shelves

Today I'm sharing the final project from my wonderful Painter in Residence, Agnieszka Krawczyk. For this project, Agnieszka chose soft, pastel colours from the Chalk Paint® palette to create a delicate and romantic, vintage look.

She began by using one of my Pure Bristle Brushes to paint the whole piece in Paris Grey, and once this was dry, she applied a layer of French Linen. Agnieszka removed areas of paint using sandpaper and a scraper, revealing the paint and wood below. 

To create contrast and depth, Agnieszka left the inside of the piece predominantly in French Linen, but continued to work on the exterior surface – applying a coat of Old White, distressing again with sandpaper, and finishing with a top layer of Antoinette. Agnieszka chipped and sanded in to the edges and corners of the piece even further, revealing the built up layers of paint. She completed the piece with a coat of Clear Soft Wax and a dash of Dark Soft Wax to bring out the texture. The result is a truly vintage look.

I hope you've all enjoyed Agnieszka's work as much as I have and have been inspired to get your sandpaper and scrapers out... and start distressing!

Yours, Annie

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18 July 2015

Karen Donnelly's Riverscape

For her third Painters in Residence project, Karen Donnelly used my paint, Chalk Paint®, to update this plain cabinet with an elegant riverscape depicting sailboats on her local river.

Karen is an artist who normally works in oils and watercolours. She'd known about my paint for some time through her sister (one of my Stockists in the USA), before experimenting with using my paint in a similar manner to other artists' paints – and the results are beautiful. I knew that Karen's paintings would look brilliant painted directly on to pieces of furniture, and asked her to do this, with my paint, as a Painter in Residence.

For this project, Karen took a modern piece of furniture with simple lines and shapes – a piece that lent itself well to being painted in this manner as it wouldn't detract from the landscape. Karen painted the whole cabinet thickly in Duck Egg Blue to create the background colour and texture, before painting the riverscape using a simple palette of Old White, Napoleonic Blue, Antibes Green, Olive and Arles. She then finished with a light coat of Clear Soft Wax all over.

Have you tried using Chalk Paint® to paint a landscape?

Yours, Annie

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16 July 2015

Paint it, love it, share it...

I love nothing more than seeing your painted projects and finding out what products, colours and techniques you've all been using. For a while now, I've been looking for a way of bringing together the most creative, unique and individual painted projects that you have been creating using my products.

Take a look at the video below of how crafty creator Allison, modern mama Kat, and first homemakers Libby and Dave have all used Chalk Paint® decorative paint and other Annie Sloan products to make something their own. Feeling inspired? Then why not start your own project!

For your opportunity to win £100s of Annie Sloan products, including a hand-drawn illustration (by me!) of your winning project*, get creative and share your Annie Sloan inspired masterpiece in my new Made It My Own with Annie Sloan gallery.

What will you create? I can't wait to see what you'll come up with!

Yours, Annie

*18+. T&Cs apply. See www.AnnieSloan.com/mimo for more information

7 July 2015

Agnieszka Krawczyk's Blue Sea Trunk

For Agnieszka Krawczyk's fourth Painters in Residence project she used my paint, Chalk Paint®, and her signature layering technique on this old wooden sea trunk.

Agnieszka used one of my Pure Bristle brushes to paint thick, textured layers of Provence, Duck Egg Blue, Greek Blue, Old White and Pure on the outside of the chest. She applied some of the colours directly from the tin, and mixed others together to create lighter shades. Then she used a scraper, putty knife and sandpaper to chip and scrape away at the painted surface. Agnieska always distresses her paint work manually, and never uses an electric sander – this gives her a lot more control and creates a less uniform finish.

Agnieszka painted the inside of the chest in Provence, and then finished the piece by applying my Clear Soft Wax to protect the finish.

What do you think? Have you ever used my paint to update a wooden trunk like this?

Yours, Annie

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