Just Plain Pretty

This sweet little shelf unit was sitting patiently in window of a shop I was driving past last week. I quickly parked up, ran into the shop leaving my car on an unpaid meter (I didn’t have any change), paid, ran back to my car and carried on driving almost as if the transaction hadn’t happened. When I arrived home it was a bit of a suprise to see it sitting primly on the back seat of my car. I have learnt the hard way that if you don’t buy a piece immediately, chances are it won’t be there when you go back.

In my studio there are lots of tins of almost (but not quite) empty Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I can’t bear to throw them away and so I began mixing my own colour in an almost empty tin of Old Ochre. In equal measure I added a little Louis Blue and a little Antibes Green and then a lot of Pure. I wanted to create a lovely soft vintage green. The resulting colour resembles a melted pistachio ice cream and has a similar consistency when you paint with it.

I painted a coat of Pure, followed by my lovely melted pistachio ice cream colour. It dried so quickly in the summer heat. Then using my Rajasthan Border and little triangles stencil I added the pattern to the edges using Pure. After a light sanding I applied a couple of coats of clear wax added.

Sometimes when I finish a piece I stand back and think, sophisticated or striking, but when I look at this one I just think Pretty.

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