What’s so good about a chalk paint workshop?

The best part of coming to a workshop is getting the skills and techniques to reduce waste and to salvage unloved furniture. In a 3 hour session, you’ll be ‘doing your bit’ to help save the environment, getting creative therapy time and finding out about yourself – developing your own painting techniques and how you like to put colours together.

Chalk Paint Workshop – photo taken 11th May at the Whalley Grammar School Craft Rooms.

Paint Kitchen use one of the best chalk paint brands on the market – Annie Sloan. The product itself is incredible. It’s an environmentally friendly, versatile paint that will work beautifully on furniture without priming or sanding, it is easy to use and quick to dry; and it can be used for a number of different paint techniques.

The Annie Sloan colour palette is inspired by 18th and 20th Century decor and design. During the workshop we have a planned colour palette for some of the techniques taught, but we encourage experimentation with Annie’s colours and waxes once a learner is ready to begin painting at home. To get the most from the paint, you can mix the colours together to extend the range. We also demonstrate how to add a little water to it to make it smooth, and to thicken it up by leaving the lid off, or make it into a wash by adding water.

We work on three popular techniques, covering ageing, artistic textures and commonly requested finishes such as two-colour distressing. Although we use the tried and trusted Annie Sloan workshop session plan, we also throw in some great extras, such as giving you real furniture surfaces to try your new skills on before you leave.

Textured chalk paint section – before wax is applied.

You can ask as many questions as you like during the workshop – Our chalk paint tutor has ten years of art and design teaching experience and three years of experience in delivering Annie Sloan workshops. She has also taken on commissioned furniture painting work and has sold her own painted furniture. You’re in good hands.

Patricia demonstrating at a charity upcycling event – Silverwoods, Clitheroe, 30th April 2019

We love to keep you entertained, challenged and well fed, so all the refreshments are covered in the price of the workshop, as well as all the materials you use on the day. We are very mindful that not everyone likes a large group of people so we can take between 2 and 10 learners in one session. If you do have any special requirements all you need to do is tell us and we will provide whatever you need to make the experience work for you.

Home baked vegan scones served up at the Whalley chalk paint workshop.

Thanks for reading our blog on the chalk paint workshop – if you have any questions about it, such as ‘when is the next one?’ or ‘what shall I bring?’, please email us at paintkitchenworkshop@gmail.com – we will answer as soon as we can. Look forward to seeing you soon!

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