Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mix Tint Colour Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

So I had a little brainwave the other day and did a little experimenting and am so exited to be able to share it with you.

As you probably know by now Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is available in 30 colours. I have only used Old White, Pure White, French Linen, Paris Grey, Country Grey, Duck Egg Blue, Greek Blue and Graphite.  Here are these colours below on pieces of my furniture.

Lilyfield Life: ASCP Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Lilyfield Life: ASCP Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Lilyfield Life: ASCP Paris grey Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Lilyfield Life: ASCP Country Grey Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Lilyfield Life: ASCP French Linen Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Lilyfield Life: ASCP Duck Egg Blue Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Lilyfield Life: ASCP Duck Egg Blue Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Lilyfield Life: ASCP Greek Blue Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Lilyfield Life: ASCP Graphite  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Annie Sloan has chosen beautiful colours but it is a limited palette (especially when I'm never going to crack open a tin of Scandinavian Pink, Barcelona Orange, Primer Red, Olive etc). You can also mix your own colours and The Painted Lady has a fantastic colour mixing tool but what if you are painting on commission and your client asks for Antique White USA or Dulux Limed White but you want to use your ASCP chalk paint? You could fuss around with different tins of colour and possibly get a close match but why not...

TINT YOUR PAINT!

(and yes I know you could also use Websters Chalk Powder or your own DIY Chalk paint and I will talk through my experiences with both those options in a coming blog post)

The other day I was flicking through a magazine and I saw a wall painted in a specific colour, a beautiful peacock blue, brighter and deeper than Duck Egg Blue and seeing I had about a third of a tin left of duck egg blue I decided to experiment with it and I ducked into my local hardware shop and asked them to tint it. 


I painted over an old brass lamp with my new paint colour, then washed it down with a wash of ASCP Graphite. You can see the wet colour on my finger! It dried much darker than that, and then darker still with the Graphite wash. Because the colour I wanted was off a deep base and I was tinting Duck Egg blue I didn't get an exact colour match but as I was just experimenting and not colour matching I am really happy with the result and wasn't expecting the exact colour (although it is close)


 I think it looks like verdigris and love the effect. 

Anyway it set me thinking about ASCP and if you love Annie Sloan's paint but need a specific colour that is off a white base you can always take your ASCP Pure White tin to the hardware store and for a couple of dollars get the specific colour you are after. Now I know that there aren't many situations you will do this as there are other ways of getting a broader colour range than the stock standard 30 colours but I thought it was worth sharing.


In regards to changing the paint or effecting the properties of the paint I very much doubt it. In the manufacturing process, tint is how the colour would be added to make the range in the first place. Also Annie herself recommends thinning the paint with a little water if you want a smoother coat so I doubt the 8-10 mls of tint that you will need to add will change the chemical and physical properties of the paint (spoken like a true engineer).


What's your all time favourite paint colour, ASCP or otherwise?

on a sad note, today is my Mum's birthday, missing her a lot. She was such a creative, wise, clever woman.

cheers
Fiona


42 comments:

  1. Hi Fiona.
    I find the Pure White ASCP can be a bit stark, so I mixed it with a little French Linen and got a very light shade of grey which I painted on my hall stand. What a great idea to take your pot to Bunnings and have it tinted to your favourite shade of white. I will try that next time I get a new tin. Lots of hugs on this special day for your Mum. I hope you have a great day and treat yourself in some way.
    Mary xoxo

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    1. I love french linen mixed with White. I have been doing a lot of pieces with french linen as a base and then a wash of white over the top, It's lovely. Your hall table sounds beautiful.
      thanks so much for your kind thoughts
      Fiona x

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  2. I hope you have a "happy" day thinking of wonderful memories of your mum. I am always playing around with my paint colours when I have just little bits left, or need to deepen or lighten a colour. I still haven't bought ASCP yet and hope to do so in the near future.

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  3. these are all gorgeous! my favorite ASCP color is probably paris grey. and thinking of you, missing your mom, and sending a big hug.

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    1. I adore Paris Grey also. thanks for the hug. I needed it last week...
      Fiona x

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  4. I don't like the colour blue but that base is stunning .Also I have just bought pure white what is the difference between that and old white it is to go over dark wood (my poor old bedroom suite) I was going to still prime it though what do you suggest-love dee x

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    1. hi Dee, sorry I'm only responding now. Old White is quite creamy and pure white is stark. Priming will mean you need a lot less coats of ASCP. good luck with it
      Fiona x

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  5. I love all your furniture, Fiona, what a showcase for Annie Sloan. Thanks for the hint about tinting the paint, clever you. Thinking of you today, Hannah xx

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    1. what a lovely thing to say Hannah, I'm so chuffed

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  6. Hope you have lots of smiles today remembering your mum. xx

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    1. Thanks Ness, my sister is on her way over for morning coffee. Will be nice to share some time with her. Your comment is much appreciated xx

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  7. Those are gorgeous pieces - you're so talented! It sounds like your mom would be so proud of you, and your talent. Wishing you only happy thoughts... a celebration of her life and her legacy! :)

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    1. thanks you so much Heather. much appreciated xx

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  8. I have tinted chalk paint using artist tubes of acrylic paint with lovely effect. Very soft, ice-cream like colors

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  9. The colour you mixed is beautiful Fiona, what a great idea. I haven't had much time to play around with the ASCP colours but would like to. I think I'd also like to add Graphite to my collection :)

    All your pieces above look just beautiful

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    1. Graphite is lovely, you will love it Catherine.
      thanks so much xx

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  10. All are lovely!...wonderful pieces!...happy Fall...come by for a peek of my fall decor!
    xo, Mariaelena

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    1. Spring here Mariaelena and we are loving it!
      Will check out your blog later tonight. thanks for the lovely comment.
      Fiona x

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  11. I have been so busy I have missed some posts Fiona! Your new projects are just amazing and I am loving that country grey you showed. My favourite decorating colour is Antique White, Tumbled Ivory and a linen colour I had custom tinted from a vintage piece of French linen.

    Thinking of you and sending hugs yours way xx

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    1. Thanks so much Ness, I had a tough week missing mum.
      I appreciate your lovely comment on my painting. I have really been working hard!
      I will have to check out Tumbled Ivory – sounds beautiful, I have also been using Antique white on a few pieces lately. Love it.
      I can imagine you are rushed off your feet getting stock ready. Good luck with it all. I’ll be putting an order in soon.
      Fiona xx

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  12. lovin all those beautiful shades....
    love mums... I cherish mine everyday at 79...
    Bec x

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    1. Thanks Bec, lucky you with your Mum to cherish. Although saying that I am still cherishing my mum!
      Fiona x

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  13. Your lamp looks amazing! Just came over from the Power of Paint party and I love your paint tinting tip. I never thought of getting chalk paint tinted - but it could be just the thing in a pinch. My favorite chalk paint colors are aubusson blue and antibes green.

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    1. Thanks so much Carrie, I haven’t tried either of those colours. Keen to try Aubusson blue at some stage. Will have to check our your blog and see how you use them
      Have a great week
      Fiona

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  14. Hi Fiona - what a gorgeous color !!!
    Just fyi you can go to an art supply store and buy powedered pigment in any shade and mix it to Annie Sloan as well - I've added black to the graphite when I wanted it deeper!!!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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    1. thanks Suzan - I think I will try that sometime. I wanted to colour match this to a fairly specific colour but yes great if you just want to darken something. cheers Fiona

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  15. Great ideas. I am totally addicted to your blog Fiona, and love your style. I ordered three colours of ASCP a few months back and have been experimenting and researching ever since (in the short moments my life is not taken up by my 2 and nearly 4 year old!) Another tip I picked up in my research is that you can tint your wax with paint! See Salvagedinspirations.com I haven't tried this yet but seems to have lots of potential. I am currently making over our cheap dark stained dining table in Old White and thinking of tinting the wax white also to see if that gives the colour more depth and durability. Thankyou for all your tutorials and tips they have been key in setting me on my current path! Zo (Adelaide)

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    1. thanks so much Zo (i lived in Adelaide for a few years when I was in the RAAF, loved my time there)
      I recently wrote a blog post about tinting wax with paint. i used it on my daughters french vintage bed. http://www.lilyfieldlife.com/2013/09/white-wax-liming-wax-make-your-own.html
      Painting is a lot of fun and very addictive isn't it. thanks for commenting and letting me know what you think. good luck with your dining table. i'd love to see a photo when you have finished
      thanks Fiona x

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    2. Aha I must have forgotten that post. Will go back again. Thanks for the reply. Would love to share some pics of my stuff will work on figuring out how! Zo

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    3. hi Zo, you can always send me a message on my facebook page or email me (downsized photos though please) lilyfieldlife@bogpond.com
      cheers Fiona

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  16. P.S Sorry about your Mum, what a huge place in our hearts they hold. Zo (Adelaide)

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  17. What great tips on changing up the paint. I'm featuring it this week's in the PoPP Spotlight.

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  18. Je suis bien contente de voir vos beaux meubles peints avec ces belles couleurs. Cela va m'aider à choisir. Merci.

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  19. I was wondering what color you tinted the lamp with. It's beautiful!

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  20. I have a small bit of old white that I was thinking of adding some coral acrylic paint to for accents in a baby room. It would not be on furniture, just frames and such. Can you still clear wax seal over the combo? Does the Acrylic paint change the property of the chalk ink? Thanks!

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    1. yes you can still seal acrylic paint with wax. will be less absorbent but still fine.

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