Painting an Outside Statue with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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The annual Labour Day long weekend in Australia is coming to a close and we’re still waiting for the real spring weather to arrive and move in. I have these project ideas on my to ‘do list’ using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) and I want sunny days so I can out there and get started.

On that note I share an erstwhile project using ASCP decorative paint. This is one of my first projects using the medium for an outside object, a garden statue I painted a few years ago when our local ASCP supplier Brocante in the Barossa opened right here in Angaston.

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If you are in the Barossa Valley go visit this gem of a place. You won’t be disappointed.

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I used this whistling boy statue as my test case because it’s common and easy to find around here. I know my photos are a little dull and dark but it was a wet day when I took them recently. So much wonderful rain in SA that has now, unfortunately, become dangerous as it brings damaging widespread flooding.

ASCP would work on any kind of garden, yard ornament or similar object. Only your mind and imagination stops you from being creative in your outdoor projects with ASCP.   Easy, peasy folks. Good for beginners.

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And don’t forget Cammies Antiques and Collectibles in Paringa, just out of Renmark in
the Riverland, also a stockist of ASCP and where the good folk their offer various classes just like Brocante does.

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Yes, it’s my tattered, torn, well used and note filled Annie Sloan work book.You gotta have one of these creative journals. I tend to use it for all paint projects these days whether using ASCP or not as the spaces and blank pages are perfect for jotting down those creative thoughts and ideas. It is full of colourful and inspirational pages of sketches, colour ideas, tips and elements of decorating styles and much, much more. Yes, even Edith Piaf likes it – for the ribbon book mark!

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Look at the way the statue has aged and weathered naturally. When you use ASCP for an outside project there’s no need to be too finicky, picky.

No need to do anything except slap the paint on in the right spots basically. It’s not fine art. Doesn’t take long either as the paint adheres easily.

No need to seal or lacquer it to protect paint colors from fading and keep out harmful moisture. That’s exactly what you don’t want. Let your painted piece be free in the weather.

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The finish does not have a lustre. It has the perfect flat sort of faded finish – ASCP’s signature matte (chalky) finish – which is far more natural on outdoor statues than some of those gaudy, shiny new statues you see at gardening stores with their bright, high gloss colours. They are so not able to give the instant aged look of an outside statue.

ASCP dries flat. It is also porous. You simply paint and let nature do it’s thing as you see in these images. No sanding, rubbing down. Nil. As I say, easy peasy.

Oh and don’t forget to clean off any dirt, grime and dust first.

Of course, you can get more sophisticated and start base-coating and adding all sorts of paints and mediums.  For me I painted ASCP straight onto the porous concrete statue and let the naturally weathered patina evolve.

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Look at the finish brought about by the natural weathering of the sun, light, rain and wind. You can’t buy a statue new like this.

The porosity of ASCP paint contributes to the  weathering process by allowing the elements to penetrate naturally.

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The main colours used were Aubusson, Old White, Cream, Primer Red, Scandinavian Pink, Duck Egg and Graphite along with Old Ochre, Country Grey and Chateau Grey and combinations of same. Some colours I used as is, some for shading and some I blended and mixed.

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(courtesy Pinterest)

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Any vintage statue or yard ornament would work with chalk paint. The more chips, cracks, dings and dents the better for that rustic patina you want.

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And don’t forget you can always bring the statue inside the house or onto the veranda once it’s got the look you want.

The patina you see on this boy statue is natural. I did nothing except paint it and leave it outside. No, it’s not an instant thing as the weathering takes a little while. But the flat sort of drab finish of ASCP means the newly finished object blends in with the outside environment straight away before the weathering starts.

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Try it on your garden pots or outdoor furniture like garden benches, tables and chairs. What about those birdhouses and bird baths or exterior doors, screen doors and so forth. Use it on concrete, cement, tera cotta, wood , tin …..

Last year an old miners couch here was baptized into the ASCP world. No, that’s not in the weather and sits on the veranda.

The Mary statue (below) came to me about 3 years ago a dull, boring yellow hued lump of concrete. Ugh! When ASCP arrived here I knew I would give Mary a complete makeover. Soon, I’ll do a full re-post on this project previously shared on social media. I have done two of these large pieces for others using ASCP. This one ended up in NSW. Another slightly smaller one went to Adelaide. This heavy concrete lady is nearly a metre in height (or over 3′).

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