Regular readers of this blog and my Family Circle column know I like to paint furniture (thanks to my multiple thrift store and curbside finds). I'm by no means an expert and I'm always looking for ways to improve my technique and create more unique results. So I was excited when I got information about the upcoming Annie Sloan Paint workshop taking place this spring in eight cities, one of which is my own (Yay!).
Here's the scoop (but hurry, space is limited!):
British decorative paint expert, author of numerous paint technique books, and creator of the one and only Annie SloanChalk Paint – will tour America in March and April 2012. Ms. Sloan will be leading one-day demonstrations and overseeing hands on workshops in eight cities starting in New Orleans, where the north American arm of the company, AnnieSloan Unfolded, is based.
NEW ORLEANS 3/12
SAN FRANCISCO 3/19
A T L A N T A 3/29
LEESBURG, VA 3/31
Each event will feature a demonstration by Ms. Sloan, book signings (Creating the French Look and Quick and Easy Paint Transformations have both been recently released in paperback here in the US), and hands-on technique sessions for all attendees. These will be in smaller groups, led by Annie Sloan and trained stockists who are well versed in all aspects of using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Soft Wax, and the myriad techniques and effects that are so easy and fun to create. Annie Sloan will visit each break-out group to offer advice and recommendations to groups and individuals while they practice. Attendees will end the day with a book signing and social hour with Annie Sloan.
In addition, the ‘Antoinette’ paint is being launched to coincide with the tour, and $1 from the sale of each can will go to breast cancer research, as will a percentage of the proceeds of the workshops. There’s more information about the tour on the US website: http://www.anniesloanunfolded.com/event/
Who should attend:
People who love DIY projects, such as old furniture makeovers, and are keen to learn new techniques to use in their home – on furniture, accessories, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, walls, floors – anything that can be painted!
Tickets: One-day workshops are priced at $350, include all materials, refreshments, and lunch. Purchase online at: www.anniesloanunfolded.com.
The public is encouraged to attend the event in their home region and there is a limited number of seats per state that will go on a first come// first serve basis.
For a comprehensive list of US retailers for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, go to http://www.anniesloanunfolded.com/retailers.html
About Annie Sloan
Annie Sloan is one of the world’s most respected experts in the field of decorative painting and a key figure in the painted furniture revolution, through her lively and creative approach to painting and 40 years of painting experience. She runs successful workshops at her store in Oxford, England, and throughout Europe. Her numerous books, include ‘Creating the French Look’, just released in paperback in the US, published by Ryland Peters & Small, and ‘Quick and Easy Paint Transformations’.