The story behind Annie Sloan's Charleston collaboration

Photo and video: Annie Sloan®
Photo and video: Annie Sloan®
On 13 October 2019, 23 lucky Tuis|Home readers flew to Lorgues in France to enjoy a three-day masterclass with Annie Sloan.

Annie discovered the Bloomsbury group of artists and their country retreat, Charleston farmhouse, whilst she was studying Fine Art. When the opportunity arose to collaborate with the Charleston Trust to create a unique range of Chalk Paint® colours, it was a dream come true for Annie. 

Want to know more about Annie’s creative collaboration? Watch this video:

Trying out our skills: Charleston Painted Keepsake box

The group received a blank wooden box measuring 178mm x 239mm x 94mm and Annie’s special Charleston colour palette – Rodmell, Firle and Tilton. We started with a base coat using more than one colour and a light brushing technique to create a blended base. Once dried, we could decorate to our hearts content. The techniques we used included freehand painting, stencilling, printing, gilding and waxing. 

  • Use ordinary things like the side of a piece of cardboard or a round sponge to make interesting prints. Don’t be afraid to mix colours and play! 
  • A mix mat is amazing! Whether painting with cardboard or a brush put a little bit of paint directly on your mix mat and you can mix to your hearts content without the mat absorbing paint. 

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