After a brief sabbatical (over a year) from blogging, I’m checking back in to give you an update. Where do I a start…..
When I first started posting in 2014, it was to share my ideas on color and paint. Although there were many DIY blogs already out there, very few were showing step by step techniques to create texture and depth by the use of color(s) and layers, particularly for furniture. The reason for this was simple, it was very difficult and labor intensive to create a worn finish using latex or oil-based paints. Chalk Paint changed all that. And here I’ll give a nod to Annie Sloan, while she didn’t invent chalk paint( it’s ancient), she brought it to everyone’s attention with her own Brand. She also made the process less intimidating and even easy.
In the beginning, she offered 18 colors (when I started using her products, anyway), now she has over 30. But back then things were more limited.What if you didn’t want a one dimensional flat finish in one of her colors, and didn’t really want to do the whole Dark Wax thing ?
images via Pinterest
That’s when I started mixing and layering Chalk Paint in many combinations. Mixing custom colors, making a wash, adding white to a color for a range of shades and tints, layering colors……… just to see what worked and what didn’t. The amazing aspect of using chalk paint was you could paint over anything you didn’t like. Complete freedom as an artist and literally fool proof.
I kept endless notes and paint chips of the colors I created, and the process I used so I could recreate or match a finish or color. What a great idea for a blog!! And Colorways was born on Google’s free blogspot.
About 8 months later I moved here to my own domain so I would own my content.
My life became an endless cycle of projects and blog posts. I painted all my furniture at least twice, and my house became a revolving door of furniture moving in and out. I painted for all my friends, and anyone else who would let me, providing I could photograph the projects and share them on the blog.
I made numerous color charts and shared them. Whew! 459 posts in 2 years no wonder I burned out.
I’m motivated by the process of learning. It’s the fun part for me and in the beginning I new nothing about blogging so it was all learning. I learned the importance of social media for bloggers. My photography skills improved immensely and I learned so much about color and paint. But the downside of this was I spent far too many hours on my computer, my dining room became my office. And not in a good way.
And I no longer painted for the sheer joy of painting, I painted to have projects to post on the blog. I painted so much furniture that I ran out of new ideas. The fun had stopped and so had I.
For someone who knew nothing about blogging, my blog was a huge success. Just when I had become moderately proficient with the whole blogging process, I totally lost interest. I had been warned the biggest problem for bloggers is burnout and I get that now. I took some time off and tried to go back, but I think I was just finished. I had shared everything I had to share on this topic. I had literally painted my heart out. Time for a change:) Next post: Chapter 2 or life after blogging.
The good news is all that information is archived here on Colorways. You can see all of my step by step projects, before and afters, all of my charts, and formulas, links, I even have some video’s to demonstrate techniques. Actually, paint is timeless, and the techniques don’t change dramatically from year to year. This blog has a long shelf life. And as long as you have interest in the posts, the blog will be here. I did a little house keeping and updated or removed some links. And from time to time I will add a new post, when I have something new to share. That’s what is was all about, anyway, sharing. I was never very good at keeping up with the comments or answering questions but I will try to do better now that I’m no longer a blogger. Thank you for supporting me and the blog for over 3 years. That’s along time in tech world. I’m still on social media and will be posting there fairly regularly if you want to see more of what I’m doing now. I’d love to hear from you! I’m on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. No Twitter for me. Please check in and let me know what you’re doing. Hope to see you soon:)
Love you guys xoxo