"I just want to create beautiful things, even if nobody cares" -Anonymous

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The story of how Chalk Paint™ made it's way to the USA...

Here is a great post by Junk Bonanza on the story of how Chalk Paint™ made it's way to the great U.S. of A.  Lisa Rickert is the woman behind it all.

Look for the picture of the beautiful chandelier Lisa bought while she was in Orange County on a visit. She snagged it from Debbie Watts' booth at Country Roads Antiques & Gardens!

Looks AMAZING! In fact, her whole house is amazing. The beautiful look is all courtesy of Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Annie's new Work Book!

Well, she's doing it again! Another fabulous book by Annie Sloan is due to be released November 30th! I'm super excited to get my paint covered hands on this....

The 112-page full color Work Book, published by Oxfordfolio, will be available from November 30th exclusively through the 300+ US and Canadian stockists of Chalk Paint™. Priced at $24.95 (Canadian: $30.95). The first page introduction is a hand-written note from Annie with an invitation to "Go ahead and paint in the book" and experiment with colors, ideas, sketching, collecting fabric samples, magazine cuttings, and more.

 Annie’s whimsical line drawings (including two self- portraits of ‘the artist at work’) delightfully illustrate her top tips and suggested projects throughout. With its blank pages, hand drawn lines encouraging notes, ideas, and several handy pockets, the Work Book provides inspiration as well as the ideal medium to keep design ideas in one place. It’s the dream solution for home décor fans everywhere and is sure to become a prized possession.
The wire-bound Work Book opens flat and also features an expandable band to hold everything securely in place once it’s filled with reference materials. The cover is designed to look like it’s been liberally painted with Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint.

In her introduction, Annie explains, “When I first went to Art School I was encouraged to keep a sketchbook. This was not just for sketching but also highly useful as a way of developing a visual voice and language. I used my sketchbooks to collect colours, pieces ripped from magazines and pattern making. I still do. Use this Work Book in the same way as your ‘aide memoire’. Plan the colour palette of a room, work out a piece of furniture, or simply use the book to experiment and develop your own particular style and colour palette by collecting what appeals to you. Draw little sketches, use the pockets to collect ribbons, fabric pieces and cuttings from magazines. Experiment with colour combinations and making your own mixes. Don’t worry about not being able to draw – just use stick men! Remember, if you do something you don’t like you can always cover it with a magazine cutting you fancy! Keep it handy in your day bag, or by your work desk or bedside. You can never tell when a creative idea will suddenly jump out!...Love Annie Sloan.” 

She talks about the book in a great interview with Junk Bonanza. You can read the interview HERE.

Soon you will have a great tool to help you create beautiful things. Thanks Annie!