Thursday, 2 June 2011

Annie Sloan Activity

I hadn't posted here for a month.. my last post had been brewing for about 2 weeks and and then my poor laptop got sick and had to go to hospital. It came back home all sparkly and working brilliantly with a new battery that lasts hours and doesn't heat up to the point where it burns my legs and a new motherboard ...oh it makes me happy and I can get back to blogging. Soooooooo before I forget the LAST SHABBY CHIC CLASS OF THE SUMMER is on Sunday. Only 2 places left ...class details are HERE or call to book 01764 684324

Antiqued Antibe Coathooks on an Old Ochre Table
All my photos were on here ...I have been dying to show you the last Annie Sloan class.....and other Sloany activity, but could access nothing till the laptop came home.

So...we changed our classes a little...added in a few new things, stencilling, not tweety 80's stencilling of ivy leaves and apples but funky quick stencilling allover patterns that are fun!

Class Samples

and cracking the paint so it looks like leather and decoupage and craqueleure (cracks like on an old plate or like the varnish on an old painting). We still do the two colour distress with antiquing wax and clear and we do a rough distress too. The rough distress is for those pieces that will never look perfect because of the way they have been treated previous. Maybe a piece that had bad paint jobs and the paint is all lumpy and horrid or maybe misuse with lots of dinks and bumps...this finish is perfect for using existing texture to enhance a piece- in this case it has been done in Barcelona Orange which is due to come back into the range really soon (Hooray!!).
Here we are just at the start...thank you Moira of Rustiques our Aberdeenshire stockist for snapping this.

and the prize goes to Moira for the photograph of me looking like I have the biggest bosoms EVER!!!

In this class Moira and Anne from Rustiques and also Eleanor and Margaret from our Edinburgh stockist of Annie Sloan Paint Laurel Gallery and the sister company Pink Pavlova also Helen and Wilma who were our uninititated painters.

We had lovely letters following the class, from Helen -
"I would like to tell you how much I enjoyed the course.  I have painted a couple of pieces, and have plans for many more, but the garden has taken priority lately.  The pieces I have done have come out very well, but more practice is necessary! I'll be on for more colours shortly.
Interestingly, a friend who currently lives in the South of England has also been on a similar course, the xxxxxx & xxxx one.  She was very disappointed with it, all they did was strip & paint a small piece of furniture which they had to take with them. One lady walked out half way through!!  It cost £150.00 for the day.  I felt very smug."

So do we Helen. Thank You!!!!

And Wilma sent me this lovely testimonial that we will use on our website:
"Cait has done wonderful work for me in the past - a ceiling full of cherubs in our romantic holiday home.  It was great fun taking part in one of her courses the other day and I've now got sample paints and can't wait to get painting.  Would highly recommend Carte Blanche courses."

So what have our friends been painting? Check out this delightful occassional table from Pink Pavlova - Eleanor and Margaret have been is an absolute steal at £40

Pink Pavlova

and what about this lovely piece which Moira from Rustiques completed almost immediately on her return and popped on their Facebook page


She just as quickly sold it so you need to go and visit her shop at Milton of Crathes near Banchory to see more or "Like" her page on Facebook, or keep up with the blog to keep up with what she is doing

And here is Eggshell and Chalk - Gillian is a student of ours from a while back, who is revisiting the class this weekend since we have changed the class since she last came. She has opened "The Bothy" home to her beautiful collection of hand painted furniture and lots of gorgeous vintage homeware. She opens in a "Pop Up!" fashion...running a business, family and being a farmers wife is a little bit of a juggling act so contact her for when she is next going to Pop Up!

Gillian Morris
The Bothy, West Balgersho Farm, Coupar Angus, Perthshire, PH13 9LW
t: 01828 670628 m: 07719920074
Talking of Popping Up....that is what I shall be doing, popping up all over the place.
For those of you that know our studio ....the roof has been leaking for an age and an age and gets worse with every gust of wind and very soon (not sure when yet) we are getting a new roof and the disturbance will be great. It's a big old roof.
On that basis I am not teaching any more formal classes in our studio until the Autumn. So if you want to join this class grab a spot I said 2 places left.

However I shall pop up in Edinburgh (date tbc) to teach with the Laurel Gallery - Phone 0131 226 5022 for more details and I will pop up in Aberdeenshire on the 23rd June to teach with Rustiques 01330 844000.

W are still looking for a stockist of Annie Sloan Paint on the West Coast or in Glasgow, get in touch if you know anyone who might be a passionate painter of pieces!


  1. Great post Cait, you are an inspiration to the inner painter in us all! Anne & I thoroughly enjoyed the class (and the lunch!)and as you know I was fired up and raring to paint upon my return! My customers are in love with the paint and interest is spreading like a Russian Vine! Looking forward to you (and your bosoms!) coming up for the workshop!

  2. So glad you enjoyed it Moira......lovely to meet Ann too.
    I am so looking forward to my trips out and about around the country. What fun!!
    Gibson took one look at that photo and said "where do you get those????" and I have to say I wasn't too sure.