A day in work for me creatively unfolds into many options and I usually start early enough to answer emails that came in from countries in time zones ahead or behind mine. I like to keep on top of the emails even though the demands increase each week; that translates into an early start to free up my day for what I do better. We’ve filmed the last three days to resolve some issues that need taking care of and one of them is using chalk paint. We’ve been testing them out for effect and comparing them to protein paints. Its going well and we’ll have the results out soon I’m sure. Chalk paints are truly amazing and the results of Annie Sloan paints show that there are many choices that give diverse options for solid colouring, staining, transparent colouring, texturing, layering, antiquing, ageing crackling, and so much more. You can develop your own colours by mixing, thinning so if like me you like painted woodwork in solid subtle to vibrant colours, stained woods and so on it’s worth looking at Annie Sloan. Hold on though, we have other paints we’re considering too. Oh, another video we wanted to take care of was on making and installing split cleats to hang wall shelves. We’ll have it up soon I am sure.
My new name stamp came in from Ray Iles but my order slipped through the cracks and I am not really sure how long it normally takes. The stamp works fine, though I might have liked it a little crisper. All in all it’s utilitarian and compared to the ones made in Britain in the 1700s with beautiful sweeps and curves and beautiful edging I feel perhaps I should have put a little more effort into generating the right one. If anyone knows of UK makers can you let me know? I’d like to resurrect some of the old patterns and standards.