So much more than paint. Fashion with Chalk Paint™ – Dying shirts

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ is rich in high quality colour pigments. It is not a white paint that has been tinted with only a few colour pigments. Each pot holds beautifully rich colour pigments right throughout, allowing you to do things like dye fabrics and paint upholstery. This post shows how Chalk Paint™ truly is so much more than paint. More and more we are seeing customers explore the endless possibilities of dying fabrics, yarns, painting lampshades and upholstery, so when Karenza accidentally got paint on herself we took the opportunity to showcase how incredible Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan really is.

During our Chalk Paint™ 101 workshop today as always we get people from the workshop to wash their brushes in buckets of water (clean up is easy with Chalk Paint™!) The photo below shows one of the buckets at the end of the workshop, lots of brushes washed in here and lots of colour pigments in this bucket making the water a  “purpley”  like colour and it seemed a waste to get rid of this.
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During clean up, Karenza accidentally got some Emperors Silk Chalk Paint™ on her crisp white shirt, not ideal for her as she had to go out after work today. Luckily we work in a shop full of Chalk Paint™ 🙂

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We quickly rinsed the couple of spots she got on her shirt, to get most of it out, leaving behind a faint red stain. We then grabbed some Emperors Silk Chalk Paint™ off our workshop shelf and poured it into the bucket of water from the workshop class and mixed it around creating a beautiful pinky dye in the bucket. As a general rule, when dying fabrics with Chalk Paint™ you would use approximately 1 part Chalk Paint™ 20 parts water ( no salt or anything required, just Chalk Paint™ and water in a vessel large enough to hold what ever it is your dying) You can use less water if you want a more intense colour but you can adjust as required.  Karenza dyed shirt (5) Karenza dyed shirt (10)
We then submerged the shirt into the bucket of water, left it as we served customers in the shop today, so in total we probably left it for about 30-40  minutes, stirring a couple of times in between. Then we picked it up and had a quick look (with a little squeal of excitement) .
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Normally you leave it to completely dry on the line, however in our little impromptu experiment today we didn’t really have time too as Karenza needed her shirt to go out tonight. So we used female ingenuity and blow dried the shirt dry on the table… customers who came in around this time today can vouch for this, it was quite a sight 🙂

Once dry we gave it a light rinse and wash with water. At home, you would just give it a light wash in the washing machine, then put it in the dryer or washing line and you’re done. We didn’t have that luxury so out came the blow dryer again, luckily it was a light linen shirt so it didn’t take too long.

Here are the results, a gorgeous shirt dyed in Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan… all done in the space of an hour.  You can dye fabrics with any of the 32 beautiful colours that Annie Sloan has in her range and in any variation you wish. We have had customers dye duvet covers in Duck Egg Blue, sheets in Aubusson blue, more recently we have had a customer dye her linen napkins using a mixed Annie Sloan colour in an Aubergine to match her Aubergine Hydrangeas on her table as a truly bespoke centre piece; we certainly found this inspiring. So there you go, Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan can also change your wardrobe! So much more than paint 🙂
Karenza dyed shirt