On Saturday morning I was on the road at 6am. It was early for me to be up, but I was excited about attending the Annie Sloan tour in VA. The 2 hour trip was quick and turned out to be a nice drive with beautiful flowering trees along the way to the conference center.
Inside, I was immediately greeted and sent down the hall to several vignettes of beautiful furniture painted with Annie Sloan paint, in various finishes and techniques. They were amazing! I mean seriously! They were amazing!
Vignettes featuring blue and red pieces were my favorites. These two colors compliment each other beautifully.
Every single piece was stunning, whether it was done in a soft finish, like the lovely gray above, or more casual and fun finishes, like below.
It’s crazy what you can create with Annie’s paint!
This green dresser, a real stunner in person, was created by none other than the famous Marion Parsons, aka Miss Mustard Seed herself!
Here’s a vignette that showed more modern examples of how the paint can be used with smooth, less textured finishes.
I can’t even begin how to describe how this dresser looked in person. It’s by Janet Metzger from The Empty Nest.
I could barely tear myself away from these pieces. Again the blue and red combination grabbed me and wouldn’t let go.
You can see what happens when you sand the paint to reveal the layers below, then work in a little dark wax. It’s magic and smooth as a baby’s behind!
The lampshade was stenciled with a stencil from Royal Designs.
And finally, here’s Annie Sloan.
She’s so down to earth. I could have listened to her for hours, talking about her passion, in that lovely British accent.
So talked about complementary colors and combining colors to create new colors.
She showed us examples of different finishes, crackling, stencils techniques and even decoupage.
When she was finished speaking, something very exciting happened! It was the first in person meet up of Annie Sloan and Miss Mustard Seed. There was lots of hugging, but I missed that shot.
It was fun to watch their first meeting. Look at the facial expressions.
Next was the workshop.
These were our pieces to practice on.
We did a practice piece using Barcelona orange but I forgot to get a picture of the finished piece.
Here’s how 2 of my pieces looked when finished. The workshop was fun and I really learned a lot.
Yes, It’s miss Mustard Seed and me
Yes, It’s Annie Sloan and me.
She’s the kind of person you feel comfortable with and I could have talked with her for hours.
I left inspired, wanting to paint anything I can get my hands on!
If you’ve wondered about the real Annie Sloan paint and if it’s as good as the claims, I say YES!
Maybe even better.