We are mixing it up today at Mama’s Happy. I love talking about mixing up the colors of Chalk Paint®. Annie Sloan’s colors are beautiful as they are but there are so many more options out there just by adding a bit of this or a bit of that.
When I am starting out with trying to find a color I start with a finger dab of this color and a finger dab of that color. That way I know to start out it is a 1:1 ratio. If I go back and add 1 more dab of the first color then I know it goes to a 2:1 ratio. Once I get the color I like then I can make a recipe to paint my whole project. I like to keep a note book of all my color mixings so I can go back and refer to them when needed. The watercolor paper books work the best.
Look at this beauty that our Mama Julie did. She mixed 3 parts Graphite to 1 part Old White. She used Clear wax to finish it off. I bet a mix of Clear and Dark Wax would look great on this color too.
Or she did this one which is 2 parts French Linen to 1 part Pure White. Just adding a bit of white to your colors gives you a whole range of new colors. Sealed with Clear Wax.
This is one of my new favorites. I have used it on quite a few pieces lately. It is 2 parts Provence and 1 part Aubusson followed by a coat of Dark Wax- yes I said Dark Wax only!
Now this last one was one of those let’s give it a try. So I was trying to find a brown. Loved how it turned out on the chairs I painted but wanted to try it as a stain. If you are like us here in Minnesota and moved the workshop in the house it is hard to stain with the smells and dry time. This is a mix of 2 parts Olive to 1 part Primer Red and 1 part Graphite. I thinned it down a bit to do a wash on these pine boards. Doesn’t it look like stain! I love how it brings out the grain with the Dark Wax.
Now it is your turn. What colors are you going to be mixing up? Send us your pics- we’d love to see and share the recipes.