12 June 2015

Abigail and Ryan Bell's Painted Ceramic Platters

After reading my book Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More, Abigail and Ryan (of Abigail*Ryan) were inspired by my technique to create a limed-oak look, using Chalk Paint® to create 'transparent colour'.

The couple bought white air-drying clay and began experimenting – rolling the clay out with a rolling
pin and then rolling their signature Irish Linen into the clay, creating texture from the weave of the fabric. Some of the platters were left to dry on plates with slightly curved surfaces and others were roughly cut out in platter shapes with craft knives. Once the clay had dried, they mixed a teaspoon of Chalk Paint® with roughly 3 teaspoons of my Clear Soft Wax to create coloured waxes in Old Violet, Antoinette and Emperor's Silk, which were all applied – rubbed, scrubbed and painted – on to the ceramics to highlight the texture that had been imprinted by the Linen. A few days later, they buffed the surfaces to create a sheen.

Reloved Magazine have featured this project with a step-by-step guide in their new issue, out this week!

Have you ever created a coloured wax using my paint, Chalk Paint®?

Yours, Annie

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