There's A New Paint In Town - The Paint Factory

There’s A New Paint In Town

Can I tell you a secret?  Shh..tell no one.

I love to paint.  And I’m one of those ‘crazy’ painters who believe that there’s nothing wrong with using different product lines.  I personally think that mixing brands/products (if done correctly)  can not only promote creativity but can, ultimately, product a fabulous finished result.  A result that people will look at it and wonder….’ponder’ even….about how you managed to get that end result.  I’m not against product loyalty, but if I’m perfectly truthful, I think it is a little restrictive.

For the most part, in terms of the actual paint, I have found Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to be my ‘go-to’ brand.  I can paint with it, blindfolded.  I know how it works, and I know how to manipulate it.  It’s easy-peasy (at least for me – and that’s not arrogance, it’s just I use it almost every day – so I’m familiar with the product).  But, along with the ASCP paint, I use various waxes, and glazes, and top coats – all from other companies.  Blending/mixing product lines can be a great marriage.  Plus, I like the idea of continuing to learn, and I like the idea of continuing to ‘test’ different products. After all, the  world is a great big place. And there’s so much product, and techniques, and colors to try.  It would almost be a crime not to try.  No?

Pure & OriginalSo – imagine my excitement, when I was given the chance to try a product line that isn’t yet available in the states.  Well, HELLO? Yes, please, sign me up. The product line: Pure and Original is about to be launched in the U.S. this week.   Currently it’s only available in Europe.  I was sent three sample pots to try out from their Classico chalk paint line.  I went to the website and read about the product line.  It was full of obvious typo’s.  It just couldn’t be right.  116 colors.  WHAT?  No need to wax.  I said WHAT??  Yea, right, whatever.

The company asked that I paint a small piece and write a blog post about it.  Initially, I was a little concerned – if only because of the small size of the sample pots (100 ml).  I actually wondered if it would be feasible to paint a piece with the three different colors, given the small amount of each.  Dough Box_0254Look, I was so excited about free product, I crushed the can.

I am Strong, like Ox.

I really, really, really wanted to play with the paint.  It’s my favorite thing to do.  Just play.  With wild reckless abandonment.  If it truly was a ‘chalk paint’, it needed to do the things that I can do with my other paints.   And, because I wanted to compare Apples to Apples, I decided to do an image transfer and use Pure & Original alongside, with an aged/distressed look – oh, yes, and gold leaf.  It should have gold leaf.   (Yes, The Paint Factory going the easy route ‘again’).

I was sent ‘Drift‘ (a color very similar to French Linen), Oxford Blue (a grey moody blue) and Moonstone (Green/Grey).  I had requested colors from the blue/green palette.  The coverage is great.  I just managed to complete my piece using the Oxford Blue (as a base coat) and Drift as the top coat – but I haven’t painted the back yet (I’ll tell you about that, later).  I used the Moonstone on the interior sides of the doors.

The paint is quite beautiful.  It actually surprised me.  It’s super smooth and dries really quickly. And NO wax.  It dries to a matte chalk finish.   The company says that unless your piece is in a warm/moist area (think bathroom/kitchen) there’s no need to wax.  If you do want to put a protective finish over it, they suggest the Dead Flat Eco Sealer (Man, why didn’t I get a sample of THAT.  I would LOVE to get my hands on that!).

Dough Box_0264This is the piece I wanted to work on: a banged up music cabinet (that was missing it’s back).  It’s actually still missing it’s back (but shhhh, no-one needs to know).  Here’s a photo of the base coat (Oxford Blue).   One Coat.  It dries to a flat matte.  It is incredibly easy to use.  No primer.  Basically, just slap it on.  Dough Box_0253

I was eager to see how it worked with manipulation.  And it worked perfectly.  Just the right amount of everything.  I will admit that I was a little worried about the ‘no-wax’ deal.  But, I tried to scratch it and it stayed put.  Because I use a lot of glazes, and other finishes (usually), I needed to wax over it to protect the glazes (rather than the need to protect to paint).  So – I can’t say with 100% certainty that the paint would last ‘as-is’, simply because I couldn’t try it this time.

But I will.  I can 100% guarantee that.

I will.

 So – here is the end result.  For anyone interested in the image, it’s a postcard that I have from The Louvre Museum (Cupid Playing with a Butterfly).   It did turn out rather well, didn’t it?

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So.  Yes.  I will admit it. I actually quite love this product.  I still need to work with it, and I would like to do a piece without any protective coat and with the Dead Flat topcoat, to get a better feel for it.  But, as it stands, it gets a big THUMBS UP.

Now, here’s the sad news.  I don’t know where you can buy it.  I don’t know how much it costs.  All I know is that the product line is incredibly limited, BUT there’s a chance that you can enter to try the product (I think they’re doing a ‘lottery’ of sorts).  Here’s the link.  The ‘soft’ launch starts in six days.

So – to cap it off.  I got free product (Yay!).  I loved the free product (Yay!) and you can have the chance to try the product too (Yay, Yay!).  But (and here’s the small print) IF you get your hands on the paint, you HAVE to let me know what you think.

You simply HAVE to.

*Just found out that the paint is now available in the US!

Here’s the Pure and Original link to get your hands on the stuff!!

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Diane aka The Paint Factory

 

 

 

 

 

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29 thoughts on “There’s A New Paint In Town

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    May 6, 2015 at 8:45 pm
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    Your talent astounds me. I am simply in awe of you and every piece you create.

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      May 8, 2015 at 6:18 pm
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      I am in Love with your work someday I have too have one of your pieces the angel mural cabinet is amazing Just Beautiful!!!!!

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      • Diane
        May 8, 2015 at 6:31 pm
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        Thank you, Carol. Hopefully you will have one of my pieces. Cupid just came together, effortlessly. He sold the first day I posted him on Facebook. I guess somethings are just meant to happen. But thank you for your mind words, they mean everything!

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    May 7, 2015 at 12:05 am
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    what an honor in itself to be selected to try their products, kudos!!

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    • Diane
      May 7, 2015 at 9:12 am
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      I was really happy about it Allison. It means so much to be recognized by a paint company 🙂

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    May 7, 2015 at 4:51 am
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    Thank you for the informative article, as well as a chance to see the newest creation. She is a beauty! I’m looking forward to trying this new line of paint. You should carry it!

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    May 7, 2015 at 8:19 am
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    If I may ask, what transfer method did you use for cupid?

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    • Diane
      May 7, 2015 at 8:35 am
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      I use Artisan Enhancements transfer gel 🙂

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    May 7, 2015 at 8:45 am
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    Diane, I have followed your work for awhile and love everything you do, but this piece….THIS PIECE…..it touches my soul! Simply stunning! And that paint….wow, I would love to try some of that. It sounds fabulous!
    Cheers,
    Cindy

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    • Diane
      May 7, 2015 at 9:22 am
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      Thank you Cindy! I follow your page also 🙂 And I have to thank you for sharing it on your FB page. I’m still relatively small in the painting field, so having people, like yourself, help promote my pieces is incredible!

      This piece just came together. I have a set of postcards from the Louvre Museum that I bought framed. I actually tried to sell them at a yard sale for peanuts a few weeks ago, but had no takers. I was trying to find an image that would fit in the space. I just walked into the garage, saw my pile from the yard sale and thought…hmmm. It was meant to be, I guess.

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    May 7, 2015 at 11:58 am
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    Your cabinet is stunning. Period.

    I’ve been eagerly following Leslie Stocker’s posts of the progress of this paint to the US. Would love to try it!

    Warmly,

    Kay

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    May 7, 2015 at 12:13 pm
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    Diane, I had to come over here and see what was going on, of course. Very intriguing. I have to say, I really love your open mind and clear thinking. Of course, you do know how to use lots of product with a good marriage. Experience and knowledge and talent is inherent, I believe, in creating a piece with merit and authenticity. I am so in love with this piece, the colors as well as the image. The other thing I want to say is that your art is really growing with depth, richness and originality. I can see it in every successive piece. I really enjoyed reading this post!

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    • Diane
      May 7, 2015 at 12:36 pm
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      Thank you for your comment, Phyllis. And thank you for your show of continued grace and support. I really appreciate it!

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    May 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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    This piece is absolutely gorgeous. Your work gives me inspiration to want to try more and more.

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    May 8, 2015 at 11:14 am
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    Hi, hallo from Germany. I follow you page already for a while but this item just…Wohhhh that´s really fantastic. But let me ask something. How you get the Picture in the sizze you Need it for your work?

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    • Diane
      May 8, 2015 at 11:58 am
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      Hi Gerlinde! Thanks for reading the blog. I use laser printed copies. The largest you can get is 11×17, so you have to get your print copied in tiles (blocks) and piece them together!

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    May 11, 2015 at 5:50 pm
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    Ok-I admit it: I came for the comedy and stayed for the show. Beautiful piece (as always). Thank you for the product review. I will continue to live vicariously through you’re blog/fb posts 🙂 ~a faithful follower.

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    • Diane
      May 11, 2015 at 7:53 pm
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      Don’t you be putting pressure on me to be funny!

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    May 12, 2015 at 2:55 am
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    Can’t wait to give it a try – you had me at “no wax” lol!

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    • Diane
      May 12, 2015 at 6:19 am
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      For sure it will be more expensive, but I think if you factor in the the money/time saved on waxing it makes sense. The colors are crazy! I especially want to try the Dead Flat topcoat. Did you enter the lottery?

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    May 13, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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    Hi Diane! I can’t wait to see what you will create next! Question: you mentioned that the cupid playing with a butterfly was from a postcard? So, you have it blown up and then use the image transfer gel? Thanks <3

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    • Diane
      May 13, 2015 at 3:44 pm
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      Yes, I had it enlarged in tile format (blocks) and then piece together again 🙂

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    June 10, 2015 at 8:59 am
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    Hi Diane,

    I have been meaning to start doing stuff like this. It moves my soul when I see what someone is able to accomplish and this one is absolutely stunning. Did you have to sand the piece down first? Or did you just paint over without prepping it in any way?

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    • Diane
      June 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm
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      Hi Andra
      No prep! I just wash the piece down with a mix of white/vinegar and then start painting. The paint is super smooth. My paint order comes tomorrow and I am beyond excited! Painting is good for the soul 🙂
      Diane

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        June 11, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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        Thats great…thank you so much!

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        • Diane
          June 11, 2015 at 4:33 pm
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          All the products are available now! I wanted the Dead Flat topcoat, but it wasn’t available when I placed my order. Now it is. This makes me happy 🙂 If you order some, let me know what you think of it. I’m interested to hear people’s opinions 🙂 Paint on, sista!

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