Over the past few months, I have been running free Everlong Paint Workshop's at The Boutique Village in central Southampton. The uptake of these has completely astounded me! January and February booked up very quickly and March is nearly full as well.
I thought I would give a quick insight into what these workshop's involve, for those who are undecided or want a bit more information. These workshop's are aimed at beginners, those who have had no previous experience of using chalk paint or if you have used other chalk paint's before and want to try out Everlong Paint with it's built in wax. We stock the full range of Everlong paint in the 1 litre and tester pot size as well as the brushes.
The workshops's are typically on a Sunday (check HERE for actual dates) and run from 1pm. The actual finishing time will vary, it depends on how quickly the paint dries, how big your piece is and how quickly you paint, but we aim to finish at 3/3.30pm. Details on how to find the The Boutique Village can be found HERE and we are just past the tearoom or the helpful people on the front desk can show you to where we are located.
There is parking and disabled parking at the front and if it is cold outside, I advise bringing warm clothing as it can be a tad chilly inside.
Each session has a maximum of 5 people, as you can see in the photo below, with 5 plus me there isn't much room left on the table!
I start with a brief intro about me, the business, the paint and then I always like to get to know the attendees - especially the history behind the items they bring. It's so interesting how they came to have the piece and how long they have been stuck in an attic or garage...
It's best to bring small items such as a bedside table, lamp stand, frames or small table and ideally in pine as they are quick to paint and dry quickly! I supply paintbrushes, aprons (they are a tad small, there is a long and slightly boring story behind why this is) as well as paint - normally in colours - Cricket Pitch, Earl Grey and Sophia but these can vary. If you want to paint in a colour we are not offering, then you can buy the tester pot for £4.95 (normally £5.95) on the day or you can buy any tester pots you want for this price at the end.
We start by just getting going! I find the best way to learn is just to do it and ask questions along the way.
While the first coat of paint is drying, you are welcome to try out The Painted House Rollers which are so easy to use that no-one believes me until they try for themselves and we talk about the range of Chic Mouldings. Also this is the perfect time to have a look around all the other stalls at The Boutique Village.
Then it's onto the second coat and then while it's drying you can grab a tea or coffee and have another look around! At this point if the paint needs a helping hand, I have a old hairdryer which is perfect to get the paint dry.
Once dry, it's time for distressing (if you can handle sanding back all the work you have just done, but trust me it's worth it) and then its onto the best bit about Everlong paint - No Waxing!!! I get to show you what a cheapy sponge can do to the paint to make it look shiny and amazing.
Then it's time to go home and hopefully you will achieve a transformation like our previous attendees:
Transformed with Cricket Pitch
Transformed with Olive Branch
Hopefully I will see you there soon! Send me a message on facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your space
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