Color Studies

  I have been working on some color studies with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to show how to extend the range of colors. The first ones are focused on what I would consider are her “primary colors”; red, yellow, and blue or Emperor’s Silk, English Yellow, and Napoleonic Blue. Adding Pure White to these three colors of paint results in an amazing number of colors, shades and tints.

I used actual paints, measured carefully, and recorded my results.  The resulting paint samples were scanned into my computer for accurate color representation. Keep in mind, however,  that your computer may display these colors differently.

This first chart shows the results of mixing Emperor’s Silk with English Yellow.  Once I had these samples I  added various amounts of Pure White. A “part” can be any amount you choose, as long as you are consistant – tablespoons, cups, ounces. I used a 1/2 cup measurement. Its also a good idea to keep a swatch  anytime you mix paints and note the formula you used. I keep a notebook because I find I easily misplace separate pieces of paper. I also make a note of the colors I use on pieces I paint.

The color cards below may help if the chart is at all confusing. In my next post I will be adding Napoleonic Blue to Emperor’s Silk, and English Yellow.  I’d love to know if you have any questions and if you find this helpful in any way. Thanks so much for all your comments and feedback.


I like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint for my craft and furniture projects, but for walls nothing compares to Pure & Original Fresco Lime Paint. I love the natural variations of shades and tones the lime creates within one paint color. You have to see how gorgeous it is! Checkout my most recent interior design make overs with Fresco. It can be purchased online at

Walls copy

P.S  Pure and Original also makes a chalk based paint called Classico in 140 colors! Its amazing too!

Red Brown  P&O colors

One Comment

Janet Tresierra

I live in Kamloops BC Canada and was wondering if there is a distributor in my area that I could get some information on your product. Colors, Price, Uses, Matching products etc. I am in search of new products to work with. I have heard good news with Annie Sloan.


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