Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mixing Paint Colors

I enjoy working with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I understand it and for the most part, I know what to expect from it.  However, and I am not sure why, I rarely use her colors straight out the can.  I'm always adding a little bit of this, or a little bit of that!  I don't understand what drives me to mix colors...because her colors are lovely, just the way they are.  Oh well...I mix colors, so let's get on with it.

I found a beautiful vintage chest, with the prettiest details.  It was in sad shape, with some veneer damage.  It had been stored in someone's basement for many years.  I apologize for not having any 'before' pictures.

We are in the midst of a long, cold winter, and I'm in the mood for a soft aqua. I pull out Provence, Duck Egg Blue and Old White.  I'm not quite ready for straight Provence....I think it is a very strong color...and if you look at my other projects, I tend to be very conservative with my color choices.  I had just completed a French chest in Duck Egg Blue and it really was so lovely.  Hmmm...let's start mixing and see what I come up with.

I love using white paper plates to play with colors.  It's not very fancy, but it works!  :)  As soon as I put the Duck Egg and Provence on the plate, I knew I would use some variation of Provence.  After adding Old White in different ratios, I've arrived at the color value, but it's too baby bluish.  Maybe a little Aubusson Blue will deepen it just a tad.  Oh look, I have a custom mix from a previous job that is comprised of Aubusson Blue and Old Ochre. 

Here's a picture of the chest done in this custom mix of Aubusson Blue & Old Ochre:

I drizzle a little of this darker mixture in to my Provence/Old White mixture and come up with a lovely aqua.

I know I want to have this piece feel layered, so my first coat is Old Ochre.  Then a few coats of my 'magic aqua', some distressing, clear and dark wax....

We find these pieces, we give them love...and this one has a custom color which makes it truly a one of a kind piece.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. I may already have commented on this through your Facebook page but it is just so gorgeous. I just love your layering. Great job.

    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

  2. Robin, I LOVE both of these pieces.
    I'm looking for something like the first piece. Do you sell these??? If so, where??? Thanks so much.

    1. Joy, let me know what general area you live in. If I can't help you, maybe someone else who stops by the blog can help you.
      And thank you so much for your kind comments! :)

  3. It's a beautiful piece, and the layering is such a neat, subtle effect. I like to mix ASCP too, that's one of my favorite qualities about it. Stopping by from FFF :)

  4. Gorgeous! Love the layering. Over from FFF

  5. Robin, what a beautiful job! I love to see what you'll come up with next....

  6. robin -this is divine. I am so sorry I haven't stopped by lately - I think i need to make your blog my first stop. catching up now and it's all so gorgeous. just beautiful. i still owe you an email, thanks so much for lovely email
    fiona x

  7. So pretty! Love that custom color. It is dreamy! x