Layering Technique for Chalk Paint Colors on Wood STEPS 2 and 3

 

In this video, I’ll show you steps 2 and 3 for the basics of my technique for layering chalk paint colors on wood. I’l also talk about the kind of brush I like to use and why. And remember, you can view all of my video tutorials by just clicking on the Tools tab.

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35 Comments

Leslie Stocker

Thanks Dana, Send me a photo when your finished, I’d love to see what you are painting. Happy New Year!,
Cheers,
Leslie

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Diane Edmondson

Thank you Leslie for sharing this info with us. We have all loved your work and wanted to know your technics. We all appreciate you so much.

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Leslie Stocker

Diane, Thanks for watching the videos and letting me know they are helpful. More to come in the spring, and hopefully I will get more comfortable on camera. Happy New Year,
Cheers,
Leslie

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Sharon

This is great information — thank you. I do have a question though — in step 3, did you go back to the color you used for step 1? I think you did looking at the video, but since you didn’t verbalize it, I thought I’d ask and verify.

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Sharon, yes you have a good eye. I was a little flustered at that point in the filming because I had spilled a whole can of paint on my kitchen floor and we had to stop while we cleaned it up. What a mess:).It threw me off a bit and I left some things out I had planned to say. Happy New Year and thanks for reading my blog,
Cheers,
Leslie

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Lynn Ryan

Thank you for sharing this technique. I’m ready to try it after watching the video several times.

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Lynn, just jump in, chalk paint makes this whole process fool proof. Thanks for reading my blog and taking the time to comment. Best wishes for the New Year,
Cheers,
Leslie

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Lynn Schwarzkopf

Thank you so much for this video !!! Yes, I would love more training videos on layering paint and the other techniques you use. Your work is stunning. Thanks for sharing your talent either us.

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Leslie Stocker

Thanks Lynn. I’m glad you like them, I’m scheduled to do some more in the spring, when we can go outside. I tipped over a whole can of paint in my kitchen this last group and I don’t want to do that again:). Happy New Year,
Cheers,
Leslie

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Catherine Brasset

Hello Leslie !
As i am a visual learner i have been waiting for the outside video of you doing a whole piece of furniture ,have i missed it ? Thank you for all your lessons and beautiful work .

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Leslie Stocker

Catherine,
No you didn’t miss it, but it didn’t get filmed in my last set of videos. I plan to do some more sometime this summer and I promise to include painting outdoor items. Thanks for asking,
Leslie xxoo

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Louise Santo

Leslie, your layering looks great. In your layering it looks like you are taking a small amount of each color and brushing it on instead of mixing the colors. Are you diluting any of your paints with water for the layering affect?

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Leslie Stocker

Louise,
Hi thanks for asking. I did not water down my paint in my videos, but I do when painting a wash and only want a subtle change in the finish. Yes when I’m using more than one color I will put them on a plate and alternate the colors rather than mix them together. I like being able to see the different colors in a finish. I think it looks more vintage, and hand painted. Best wishes for 2015,
Cheers, Leslie

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Marian

I’ve been awaiting this post eagerly. Your lovely pieces and posts are so inspiring. You often mention that you use a wash for later layers; did you water down the paints you used here in step 2? Also, what were you using for step3?

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Leslie Stocker

Marian, Thanks for asking. Honestly I can’t bear to watch myself, but if I remember I didn’t water down the paint in the video. Usually if I use a wash it’s because a finish is almost where I want it, and I only want a subtle change.Happy New Year and let me know what you are painting in 2015.
Cheers,
Leslie

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Cathie Cornacchia

I love your techniques. Thank you so very much for sharing with this video. I cannot wait to try it! It makes such a difference to actually see you do the technique in a video as opposed to just describing it. Thank you!!!

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Leslie Stocker

Thanks Cathie, I’ll be filming more in the spring when we can do it outside. Happy New Year,
Cheers, Leslie

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Paula

Hi Leslie, I love your work and am so thrilled to have your videos now. I have searched the Internet high and low to find a thick brush like the one in your video. I even went looking in an Art supply store. I looks like it might be badger hair or is it just stained from paint. Anyway I hope you can share this information because the paint seems to come off the brush and blend so easily.
Thanks and happy new year.
Paula

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Leslie Stocker

Paula,
You are very observant, it is stained with paint:).In the video’s I’m using brushes that I bought from http://www.LeeValley.com They are made in France and I have been using them for years. Supposedly they are for oil-based paint, but I love how they stand up to Chalk Paint( I’m hard on brushes) They are available in 1″, 2″ and 3″ sizes, I think the 2″ is around $18. For wax I use the Large Annie Sloan wax brushes. I have the original brushes, one for dark wax, one for clear wax, I bought years ago. Well worth the investment.Thanks for asking.
Cheers,
Leslie

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Mary Gierth

Excellent video and I learned a lot from watching it. I would like to see more layering videos especially using a piece of furniture so I can try to understand how you identify the areas needing highlights from those where a shadow would be appropriate.

Thanks for sharing your skill and talent. Your blog is so enjoyable!

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Kathleen Herman

Leslie, I just found this video on your site and is exactly what I have been looking for. I was wondering how you create the shadowed look to your paint projects and now I know. I am going to do this on a hutch I am working on. I just don’t know what colors to use over Duck Egg Blue. You make it look so easy, and I think when I get the brush in my hand it will look like I just threw paint on, but I am going to try it anyway. Thanks for sharing and maybe you will have some other similar projects coming up. I will check back for sure.

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ellery

I can’t wait to get my brushes and try this technique. I do have several questions. First, I find Chalk paint hard to move around. It’s as if it dries almost immediately. Do you find that a problem when you are wanting to blend? Second, in the video when you go back in and highlight with white, is the coat of PG and FL totally dry?
thanks, leslie–I’m so inspired by your work!

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Leslie Stocker

Ellery,
Hi, yes, let each coat dry.If blending is a problem put just a dab of water on your brush(no paint) and blend like you are dry brushing.Once you get your new brush, I think you will find the blending is much easier. I can’t blend well at all with my latex brushes, too flexible.
Leslie xxoo

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Alisyn

Great videos! Thanks for putting yourself out there for us to watch. I’m very new to chalk painting I find I have a lot of trouble with severe brush strokes, not sure if my paint has thickened up because of sitting open while painting. (just saw in one of your videos you shouldn’t dip into the can, oops!) I hoped the brush strokes are from too much paint, I have a good quality brush.
In regards to the techniques I think it would be cool to see you do this on a piece of furniture as well as at different angles when you are showing the application. Like when you were showing your “pouncing” style when combining the 2 colors together. Instead of a single top view, a side or lower view of your brush movement would give those of us who are still learning more angles to see from. :) I’m hoping to trying combining colors on a project here shortly and I’m excited to have a faster and more creative way to apply multiple layers.
And thanks for the tip on the brush I saw in another comment, I believe I will be ordering one it looks like a good brush at a reasonable price.
Thanks for you time and wonderful craftsmanship

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Dana

Love your videos. I’m a beginner and am a bit hesitant. I did do my bathroom cabinets, but only with one color as I just preferred that look in there. Ready to jump into other things.

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Lilly Guaty

Love Annie Sloan paints ! I’m a newbie at this and enjoying all videos on paint !

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Linda Birchell

Do you do this technique with regular paint as well? I’m not a real fan of chalk paint, but love the old look. Wonderful that sanding isn’t required.

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Julia Stutz

Hi Leslie, I love your technique! I just have a question, when I tried this technique my painted surface had a tecsture, like brush strokes, is it ok? Kind regards, Julia

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