Painted Picture Frames Using Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan
Inspired by Annie’s visit to Stola Manor when writing and shooting for Room Recipes. Annie found a big collection of prints in a charity shop so that she could make her own print room at work, like the one at Stola Manor. The frames are painted in Duck Egg Blue, Louis Blue, Château Grey, Country Grey, Cream and Old White. The chair is painted in Duck Egg Blue and heavily distressed with coarse sandpaper. The walls are painted in a scrubby wash of Coco at the base with a border created from our Valeska stencil. The top half of the wall is painted in a layered mix of Old White, Original, Duck Egg Blue and Country Grey.
Annie marked on the wall where she wanted the print to be.
Using a ruler, she drew a rectangle on the wall that is the shape of the print to be framed.
Using Graphite, she painted a band roughly 10cm wide around where the print will be, allowing the paint to go over the line by a few centimetre so no unpainted wall would peek through behind the print.
She made a collection of the colours she wanted to use – all similar tones. Duck Egg Blue, Louis Blue, Château Grey, Country Grey and Cream, mixing them loosely together with some Old White. Allowing them to only partly mix means you get splurges of one of the colours appear as if by chance giving your work depth and interest.
Annie used this mix to paint a thin line along the edge. Working in thin lines means the paint stays wet for the next step. The wider the strips, the looser the drawing.
While the paint is still wet, use the other end of a small wooden paint brush to draw firmly into the paint, revealing the black underneath. Annie freehand lines, circles, dots and scrolls. You want to work quickly, but if you make mistakes, you can simply paint over them.
To give extra depth, she added a little bit of much lighter paint to highlight the edges of some of the areas.
Knock a small panel pin into the wall to secure the print in place.
For Australia and NZ, look for your nearest stockist of Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan here. Other countries click here, to search for your nearest stockist. Look out for more advanced furniture painting projects on Havven soon. Further inspiration for all levels of painting projects can be found on the Annie Sloan website, also the Annie Sloan step-by-step tutorial series via YouTube.
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