Hello again crafters! I hope all is well in your crafty world. I don’t think I have mentioned this before so I will now. I LOVE chalky finish paint! Chalk Paint is a registered trademark for the paint that Annie Sloan developed and sells under her brand name. However, it became so popular that other companies such as DecoArt and FolkArt created a similar product. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is great, however it is very expensive. Therefore, I usually buy one of the other brands.
Two years ago I participated in several craft shows. The number one requested item (which of course I had none of) were beach/sea creature ornaments (sea horses, turtles, fish, whales…you get my point). So what do you think I decided to do? You guessed it…paint some fish! Since I had never used chalky finish paint before I figured this was the perfect opportunity!
I went to the craft store (also known as my craft room) and found some unfinished wood sea creature shapes that I had hidden away. I know that sounds weird but trust me, my craft room is like a mini Michaels! If you don’t have any shapes handy…no worries…most craft stores sell them for less than $1. Anyway, I sanded the shapes and then proceeded to paint them with chalk paint. I used two colors on some of the shapes. I applied a base coat with one particular color and then painted another color on top. Once completely dry, I sanded the shape just enough so that you could see both colors (see picture). By doing this I was able to give the sea creatures some dimension. Once the sanding was done, I applied a coat of American Decor Wax to each ornament. The wax protects the paint underneath and leaves the surface incredibly smooth!
Finally, the finishing touches (in my opinion, the fun part). To give each piece their own personality, I added an eye and some bling! I used crystals, glitter and ribbon to make them sparkle! I also embellished some of them with real seashells and miniature dried seahorses. Finally, I added a ribbon or twine hanger to the back of each one (so that they could be hung on a tree). Now I am not going to lie and say that these were my all time best selling ornaments (I still have a small container of them) however, I did sell quite a few and people really enjoyed looking at the pink sea creature Christmas tree!
Have you ever used chalky paint? Do you like my sea creature ornaments? Please leave me a comment…I would love to hear from you! Well, that it’s for now! Thanks for stopping by and as always, HAPPY CRAFTING!