No less than six new colours have been added to the Chalk Paint™ colour palette. They are ideal for kitchen and bathrooms or any area of high traffic. THe finish is scrubbable too. The coverage as you would expect is also very good. A two and a half litre tin will cover approximately 36m² ! And with just one coat!! It dries within 40 minutes meaning that a room can be transformed very easily and quickly. And get this…. for those of you that use a roller – it is also splatter proof.
This strong, deep green takes inspiration from the painted shutters and doors of Amsterdam. It makes a great backdrop to cool blues, such as Provence, Giverny and the purple tones of Emile.
Antoinette is a soft pale pink inspired by the decorative pieces and interiors of 18th Century France, when the finest red earths were mixed with white and used to make a clear, but dusky colour for walls.
Emperor’s Silk is a bright pure red like the silk lining of a jacket. It is also the red of Chinese lacquer.
An English colour from the development of Chrome Yellow pigment in the 18th Century and inspired by hand-painted Chinese wallpaper. This was the first non-earthy yellow. It’s also a great fifties vintage colour.
Napoleonic Blue is inspired by the ultramarine and cobalt blue pigments used for decorative work in everything from neoclassical interiors through to modern 20th Century decoration.
Provence is a colour inspired by the painted shutters and doors of the South of France. It also works beautifully for a modern look.
How to hold the brush.
The easiest way is to hold the brush by the ferrule ( this is the large silver coloured collar on the brush). BY holding it this way you get a lot more control over the brush and it doesn’t make your hands as tired from holding the brush.
There are two sizes of wax brushes available.
1. Large Wax Brush (n.26 – Long, solid, tapered handle): If you used a Large Paint Brush, you may want to consider waxing with something with an equivalent coverage. The larger waxing brush works well on surfaces that have a lot of area because it covers a bigger diameter.
2. Small Wax Brush (n.22 – Short, ergonomic handle): I personally find this to be the easier of the two brushes as the design is more ergonomic. This is our go-to size for typical projects & is more cost effective if budget is a factor.
How to Care for Your Brush
When buying any new paintbrush (regardless of the type of painting you are going to do) giving your brush a first time conditioning session will help you have a happier painting experience.
What is conditioning?
When you condition your brush, you’re essentially releasing any stray bristles that were never submerged into the ferrule when the adhesive set. Take your brush in hand and give the bristles a couple of firm taps on a hard surface. Think of it as giving the stray bristles a nudge upwards; not a lot of force is required though. Then take the brush and fan through the brush a few times to surface those loose bristles. Take them out and give your brush a rinse through with water.
Always let your brushes dry on a flat surface on a paper towel or clean rag so they retain their bristle shape and so that water doesn’t continuously drip down to the handle. You may also drip dry them by hanging them upside down from a hook. Avoid blow drying them, they’ll air dry on their own overnight. If you want to start a project right away, just take a cloth and squeeze out the excess water!
Stray bristles are not indicative of the quality of a brush. How a brush holds paint and the overall finish it can achieve are the only true testaments to brushes.
Cleaning Your Brush (after projects)
All of the Annie Sloan natural brushes are made from entirely natural boar bristle and are made in Italy. Just think of how well you treat the hair on your head. The use of harsh cleaners is not necessary to clean your brush. For cleaning, mild grease-cutting dish soap works effectively with a coarse sponge. If you rinse your brush immediately after painting, just warm water is often enough. But if you wouldn’t use harsh solvents on your hair, don’t use them on a natural hair brush! (You’ll get more breakage and shedding over time.) The brushes are made with split-ends intentionally – they continue to split and fan out for the best paint coverage. It softens your strokes and allows the paint to move freely through the bristles. Let it do the work for you! Avoid bleach. You really don’t need anything that harsh!
Look after your tools and they will paint beautifully for many projects to come.
Annie Sloan brushes – are they worth it ?
Short answer: Yes. A lot of thought went into the Annie Sloan brushes and it becomes instantly evident when using them with Chalk Paint™. The brushes (from the bristles to the adhesives used) have been designed to the highest standard and made to hold the unique consistency of Annie’s paint and her waxes. They also have an oversized ferrule and a rounded form that hold thicker paints with more versatility. You have the option of painting rustically or painting in a modern style with just one brush. In the long term you will save on the amount of product you use and of course the amount of time spent on your projects. This is also true of annie’s wax brush since waxing is the final aesthetic touch to your furniture. A fine artist always uses high-quality paint brushes and a make-up artist always uses high quality facial brushes – investing in your brush will provide you with the most successful and rewarding Chalk Paint™ experience.