Annie has created a wonderful interactive work book for all of us to organize our creativity. Use this to help stay on track when decorating your home or to sketch out future creative projects. Think of this book like you would a journal- with many pages that are in the "fill in the blank" style for you to create and organize your design ideas.
wrote the following on August 6, 2012 introducing Annie's newest book- which is actually an interactive workbook!
New Orleans - Home decor enthusiasts in the USA and Canada have been learning for years from Annie Sloan's expertise, thanks to her books on decorative painting techniques. Since Annie Sloan Unfolded (www.anniesloanunfolded.com) introduced Chalk Paint® decorative paint to North America in 2010 (now made in the USA), Annie's admirers have also been able to experiment with her decorative paint, attend class, and have fun transforming furniture, floors, walls, and more with the paint. Just in time for the holidays, Annie Sloan is set to inspire home decor aficionados by introducing "The Annie Sloan Work Book", designed by Annie "for your color & paint ideas & inspiration." The 112-page full color Work Book, published by Oxfordfolio, will be available from November 30th exclusively through the 300+ US and Canadian stockists of Chalk Paint. Priced at $24.95 (Canadian: $30.95).
The first page introduction is a hand-written note from Annie with an invitation to "Go ahead and paint in the book" and experiment with colors, ideas, sketching, collecting fabric samples, magazine cuttings, and more. Annie's whimsical line drawings (including two self-portraits of "the artist at work" delightfully illustrate her top tips and suggested projects throughout. With its blank pages, hand drawn lines encouraging notes, ideas, and several handy pockets, the Work Book provides inspiration as well as the ideal medium to keep design ideas in one place. It's the dream solution for home decor fans everywhere and is sure to become a prized possession. The wire-bound Work Book opens flat and also features an expandable band to hold everything securely in place once it's filled with reference materials. The cover is designed to look like it's been liberally painted with Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint.
In her introduction, Annie explains, "When I first went to Art School I was encouraged to keep a sketchbook. This was not just for sketching but also highly useful as a way of developing a visual voice and language. I used my sketchbooks to collect colours, pieces ripped from magazines and pattern making. I still do. Use this Work Book in the same way as "your aide memoire". Plan the colour palette of a room, work out a piece of furniture, or simply use the book to experiment and develop your own particular style and colour palette by collecting what appeals to you. Draw little sketches, use the pockets to collect ribbons, fabric pieces and cuttings from magazines. Experiment with colour combinations and making your own mixes. "Go ahead and paint in the book. Don't worry about not being able to draw, just use stick men! Remember, if you do something you don't like you can always cover it with a magazine cutting you fancy! Keep it handy in your day bag, or by your work desk or bedside. You can never tell when a creative idea will suddenly jump out!...Love Annie Sloan."
Most of the photos are courtesy of Annie Sloan