It seems the perfect time to share a little bit more of my recent trip to Germany to teach my creative painting workshops hosted by Vanessa of Simply Vintage as yesterday Vanessa was Annie Sloan’s Sunday stockist!

Planter Makeovers – Saltwash Verdigris technique (left), Industrial Rust (right)

And rightly so, as she works incredibly hard to create a wonderful Aladdin’s Cave of a shop, full of vintage treasures and painting essentials as she loves to arrange creative experiences for her customers. This is where I come in. At the end of May, I made my second visit to Germany. Our 2018 weekend workshop proved such a huge success that Vanessa asked me to come back for a week this year to show her customers new ways to work with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint which I’ve used for many years.

A little corner cabinet transformed with my Wet Distress technique

It was also a great opportunity for me to share some of the techniques I’ve developed in my role as Global Creative Ambassador for Saltwash with my German painting friends. During the week I taught my Industrial Rust and Saltwash Verdigris techniques both of which are available in the Painted Love Academy. Plus, as I am part of the Iron Orchid Design design team, I was thrilled to get to showcase their amazing transfers and the versatile stamps they kindly sent me to play with and supplied more for the event.

Over the course of four days we had several workshops every day with me doing demonstrations as well as hosting hands-on workshops for delegates. It was incredibly hard work, at times we had to hang on to the tents when the storms came but it was so much fun. There were some wonderful pieces produced that week and I photographed it all to show you over on my Instagram but I thought here you might like to see this scroll-stopping floral ombré cupboard I painted which brings so many amazing effects together.

To begin with I created an ombre blend which is similar to the technique taught in my Coastal Ombré tutorial which is sky to sea. Here graduated from cloudy blues to dark green to create a sense of backdrop that implies summer sky to dewy wildflower meadow humming with bees.

A mix of my Smoky Blend and Coastal Ombre techniques create sky to meadow backdrop

For the top, I wanted to transform a plain, boring surface to look like reclaimed timber that had maybe washed up on the beach. This is a great way to give an otherwise, modern flat piece a bit of character. I mixed up Saltwash to create that lovely rough sawn texture with Honfleur, French Linen and Graphite. I then used the Barnwood stamp from Iron Orchid Designs to create woodlike creating that imprint in the Saltwash paint mix.

Plain top transformed with Saltwash and Iron Orchid Barnwood Plank Stamp

Finally I cut, shaped and applied the beautiful floral Midnight Garden IOD transfer around the edges and into the side of this piece with a little hand painting to give it a certain Boho charm.

As you can see I added some random pops of vibrant Annie Sloan colour to the base with an artistry brush. I picked English Yellow and Barcelona Orange to give the piece a more organic feel. IOD transfers are so generous in size that I even had some bits left over to use on another little project which will be coming up soon to share with you.

All these products are available from independent paint professionals around the world like Vanessa at Simply Vintage. Retail is so tough right now so do try and support your local painting shop if you can.

To be able to buy any of my online tutorials you just need to register here. I will send you a welcome email and password so you can log in and watch my free marble video then take any class you like. You can watch whenever you like again and again and once you’ve bought 2 you can join my Painted Love Academy private group. All have a full Materials list to take along to your local shop too.

Update August 2019:

In August 2018 I became Saltwash Global Creative Ambassador as a thank you for a year of helping inspire others Saltwash offered to give me a small commission from August 2019 on any sales or referrals that come through them if you follow links from my page.

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