We were lucky enough to have Nadine Vosloo, Marketing Director of Tjhoko Paint host one of her chalk paint techniques workshop with us in March. Below is a quick summary of some of the techniques we put into action.
This process is about removing any hard lines from the paint. When blending the paint needs to be wet throughout the entire process to ensure that no hard or defined lines are created – similar to shading with pencils. Keep a damp cloth on hand to keep the brush moist if it’s very hot or dry. Don’t worry about cleaning brushes in between changing paint colours as this helps combine the paint colours. When painting keep your brush strokes moving in one direction. Blending is great when you want to create a soft or pastel style effect on your piece. It’s also great as a background to stencilling.
The stencil effect lets you add defined shapes or patterns to the top surface of your piece. Apply the stencil using masking tape to hold it in place. If you are after a 3D or shadow effect, use a darker colour as your base coat. When painting on your stencil ensure that there is only a small amount of paint on your brush otherwise paint may ‘run’ under the stencil. Move your brush in line with the lay of the stencil so that the stencil doesn’t lift. Once your first stencil paint has dried move the same stencil 1cm across and 1cm down (approximation), then paint a lighter colour over or alternatively use the stencil of paris (this will give awesome depth to your piece). A side note for applying the stencil of paris, always make sure you use a flat surface like a credit card or palette knife. This will give a smooth finish to the application.
This technique is perfect for creating the archetypal chalk paint ‘weathered’ look. What’s great about the dry brushing technique is you can use as many colours as you like. To create the prefect balanced look we recommend 3. With this technique you are basically painting one layer over the other. Always make sure you use a small amount of paint on your brush, so have a cloth or blank piece of paper on standby so you can dab excess paint off. When painting your piece make sure to start at the end of the piece and not in the middle. Apply your different colours using brush stroked in different directions.
The Distressed Technique
This technique uses Vaseline as an aid. Use 2 colours. Apply your base coat first, once dry apply Vaseline to sections of your piece where you want the base coat to show through. Apply the Vaseline in thick amounts with a brush. Apply your top coat and allow to dry fully. Use a scraper to lift the top coat where the Vaseline was applied.
Top tips for using your Chalk Paint
- Wipe paint off of brushes with a cloth rather than rinsing them with water
- Pick your colours from a colour palette, choose similar or contrasting colours
- Thjoko paint uses consol glass jars to keep their paints sealed, run the lids under hot water if the lids stick
Be sure to pop into our studio and view the full range of Tjhoko paint as well as stencils and accessories. We host regular chalk paint workshops in studio. Visit our events calendar on our website for more info.