Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Inspired Projects

We just received a new shipment of books.  With titles like "French Country Living" and "Romantic Style," you know they're bound to inspire.  Unfortunately, for us, they're so inspiring it's almost distracting!  It's difficult to pull ourselves away from them, but we have gotten around to a couple of projects lately...

Some guy's tool box may be rusty and cluttered, but ladies need style and organization.  We've taken this vintage tool box to the next level by adding CHALK PAINT™ and a little imagination.

This close up shows off the detail on the Barcelona Orange border. Instead of simply stenciling over it in a different color, we allowed the paint to thicken.  Then we used the impasto (thickened paint) to create a textured stencil design in the same color.  The dark wax on top brings out the contrast even more.

On top we used our stencils again, but this time layered different designs and colors.  It's a stunning effect and one that can easily be learned at one of our advanced workshops!

We also became more acquainted with Florence. We're not quite done with it yet, but we have managed to paint this piece and bring out the detail with gold gilding wax. A coat of dark wax is all she needs to make her grand entrance! 

We'd love for you to join us and work on projects of your own!  You can read more about our advanced workshop and those offered by Kellie Montana and Wendy Day here and here.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Introductions Are In Order

We are pleased to introduce Florence, the newest addition to CHALK PAINT™ by Annie Sloan!  A beautiful malachite-inspired color, Florence is vibrance and sophistication all in one.  And you don't have to wait long to add it to your collection.  It will be on our shelves tomorrow--Friday, June 15th!

Painted Side Table by Annie Sloan; Photography by Christopher Drake

If you've already tried your hand at CHALK PAINT ™  and feel like you're ready to learn something new, we have the workshop for you!

We'll be covering four advanced techniques.  First, you'll learn how to create a stunning shabby chic effect by layering different stencil designs.

Next comes silver or gold gilding wax.  Learn how to apply it to your stenciled piece to create a soft, glamorous shimmer.

For those who enjoy a more antiqued look, we look forward to introducing you to CRAQUELEUR™ by Annie Sloan!  It is a two part water-based crackling medium that produces a gorgeous aged effect on painted surfaces. Come learn how to combine it with CHALK PAINT™ to create the perfect timeworn piece for your home!

Finally, we'll be creating texture with CHALK PAINT™ by thickening it to an impasto form. Impasto refers to the paint itself, which becomes very thick, and the layering technique used with it.  This method adds richness and depth to even the most plain, flat surface.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 11 from 9am to 1pm.  We would love to see you there!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Work, Work All Month Long

For many, summer is the time to relax in the shade or splash around in the pool. For us, summer means workshops!

Anyone who has been in C'est Moi has seen Kellie Montana's artwork all over the shop. It is absolutely fabulous, whether it's in a large ornate frame...

or so small it almost fits in your pocket!  

We are excited to announce that Kellie will be teaching at C'est Moi this month!  Come learn how to hand tint your own photo and stencil the frame, for a unique piece of art that's all your own.  The workshops will be Tuesday, June 26th and Friday, June 29th, from 9am to 1pm.  The price is $145 and includes all supplies.

In addition to Kellie's workshops, watercolor artist extraordinaire Wendy Day will also be sharing her amazing talents with us!  Wendy will hold her painting workshop on Friday, June 15th from 10am to 12:30pm. Supplies are included in the $75 fee.  

Call us at 615-457-3579 or come in the store to sign up.  We hope to see you at one or both workshops in the next few weeks!