One of the things we pride ourselves on in our shop is the fact that we freely share information.
If we know how to do something, we want our customers to know it also.
Often after we share a tip our customers will ask 'how do you know all this?' Paul and I reply that we've had a lot of practice. But that's only part of the truth.
The full story is that a lot of practice is accompanied by a good number of mistakes. Sometimes it takes a little playing around with a new product or technique to learn all the things you can do with it...and what you probably shouldn't do...or what you should do differently.
This week Annie Sloan unveiled a new product - Pearlescent Glaze (yay!). Annie held a Facebook Live training session for her stockists a few days prior to the launch and she showed us a lot of great ideas for using the glaze. It's a really versatile product so while Paul and I watched, our imaginations were in overdrive and we couldn't wait to get into our workshop and crack open a can.
So, over the course of a couple of days we practiced, and we experimented. The results of all this are below. We're sharing it all because...we want you to know!
And yes, we're even sharing our experiments that were less than successful and what we learned from them. We encourage you to do the same and who knows what unique look you'll come up with!
Our Top 5 Tips for Using Annie Sloan Pearlescent Glaze
1) Annie Sloan's Pearlescent Glaze is a topcoat, if you’re covering an entire piece in Pearlescent Glaze, you don’t need any other sealer (wax or lacquer). If you’re not painting the entire piece for example, if you’re stenciling with Pearlescent Glaze, you should seal the base color first.
2) If you’re adding Chalk Paint® to tint the Pearlescent Glaze use a very TINY little amount. Think of it as just tinting, not coloring the Pearl. Your color will be a pastel version of the color you select, don’t try to add so much paint that you’re trying to match the original color.
In this video, you can see that the mix with just a hint of paint added is just a little more shimmery.
Tinting the Pearlescent Glaze with Chalk Paint® will create a beautiful soft pastel look (see Annie Sloan's bottle on the left). Adding too much paint cuts down on the shimmer (see Johanna's vase on the right <sad face>).
3) Use Pearl just to highlight details, you don’t need to use it over an entire piece.
4) Stenciling with Pearlescent Glaze is probably my favorite look of everything we've done with it. Using a stencil brush, dip it in Pearl then pound the brush gently on a paper towel to remove the excess Pearl.
5) When you’re finished applying the Pearlescent Glaze, get your brushes immediately into water. If you aren’t going to wash your brush immediately, drop it in a cup of water.
So, there you have it, a few of our best tips for using Annie Sloan's new Pearlescent Glaze. Let us know if you have any questions and of course, if you use it on one of your projects, text some pics to us: 609.433.9166.
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