Sunday, July 21, 2013

English Yellow & Pure White

English Yellow is one of those colors that probably needs to be cut with another color as it's a very sharp color on it's own.  Another way to tone the color down is to pair it with it's complementary, violet or in this case Emile.

Let's start in the beginning!  Mixing Pure White and English Yellow in a 1 to 1 mix, this toned down the green-ish color of English Yellow while keeping the crisp feel of the color.  I put two coats, straight from the can.  Pure White is a little on the thin side as there's no pigment in the paint.  English Yellow is a little thin as well, so I decided to simply paint 2 coats straight from the can.  If you had time, and it's not 95 degree weather with 80% humidity like it is right now in northern Illinois, you could pop the can in the fridg and allow the paint to naturally thicken.  Another trick to thicken the paint is to leave the can open for a good bit to evaporate the water out of the paint.  I prefer not to do this as the paint can thicken too much too quickly.  Then it turns into a add a little water to thin it back out...oops! Now there's too much water again...and on and on!  Two to 3 coats with cover nicely!  And it still didn't take that much paint!

I picked this simple little dresser up at a sale and knew it would be perfect to show off a stencil I just ordered from Royal Design Studio.  It's called Arabesque Moroccan...I call it scrolly polly love!  When stenciling, the goal is to have contrast between the base coat and the stenciled image.  If I wanted to keep the sharp crisp color I created, I could have simply taken Annie Sloan lacquer and stenciled on top.  This would have created a monochromatic and very modern!  BUT...I wanted it to be very cottage so I went with Pure White.  Almost 100% of the time, I only put one coat of paint on when using a stencil.  It can be VERY time consuming and difficult to line up the stencil more than once...I'm not a pro by any means, so my stenciling is quick and efficient!  :)

Remembering that I'm quick and efficient when it comes to stenciling...I also lightly sand the stenciled surface.  This removes any "lips" from the relief of the stencil.  It also softens the image a bit so if there are any mistakes, they are less noticeable.

A little tip I almost always do to make each of my painted pieces stand out from the rest is painting the inside of the drawers.  It does take an extra bit of time, but the result is so worth it!  It simply ties the whole piece together and it's that little bit of unexpected flair that puts a smile on your face!

I finished off this cutie with clear wax and painted new hardware a crisp white to match the stenciled pattern.  I love how the hardware doesn't take away from the business of the stencil!

I hope you enjoy this little bit on English Yellow and my stenciling experience.