Dragging Painting Technique Test Piece – Not Just Another Tray

This is a post for the Anne and Annie Series and a tutorial on how to do the Dragging Painting Technique.

I think I am so drawn to trays.  This is the 2nd time I’ve painted a tray.. Oh wait, I did a decoupage on my first one..  I also bought a few stainless trays from the thrift store.  I may have a tray collection in no time.  Who knows?! It is just so useful, I guess and very easy to restyle as long as you have the vision.

Decoupage Tray
My first venture on restyling trays – Wood tray with Damask print Decoupage
Silver Platters
Silver Platters
The Painted Rocking Chair using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
And you remember the Tiled tray right?

I Call This, The Boat Tray

Boat Tray
Boat Tray

I got this tray at our neighbourhood thrift for $2.  I was attracted to it because of its boat like structure.  I’ve seen so many trays I had to say no to because I don’t know where to use it or what to do with it, but with this one I just couldn’t pass.  At first I wanted to paint it red on graphite like the mantel clock and the tv table but I wasn’t able to finish it the first time I slapped paint on it. I did it at the same time as the mason bag .  For  quite sometime, It served as a chalkboard sign near our door that says “Welcome”.

Welcome Chalk Board Sign
Welcome Chalk Board Sign

A Practice Piece – Dragging Painting Technique How To’s

You may know that I have a big project to do this month! Our Dining Table! How scary!! So I decided to practice the colour combination and technique on this piece.  The technique is called, Dragging, where you simply drag the paint and it creates lines that adds character to it.  The colours I used were Annie Sloan’s Decorative Paint, Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and Old White.

1) Paint a coat of Paris Gray

Paris Gray
Paris Gray

2) Once Dry, Wax the piece with Annie Sloan’s Soft Wax, Clear

3) While still a bit wet, a bit dry but not too dry, apply a diluted mix (so the paint flows really easily) of Old white and then wipe it off immediately but gently.  This technique is described more elaborately on Annie Sloan’s book Color Receipe’s for Painted FurnitureTIP: The paint should not be too diluted.. as you can easily wipe off the paint making it difficult to create the stripy lines caused by the dragging painting technique.

Drag the paint across
Drag the paint across

4) Let the paint dry.  And I think it’s optional to wax again as you don’t wan’t the dragged effect to be wiped off as you wax, wipe and buff the piece.

The Dragged Effect
The Dragged Effect
The Dragged Effect
The Dragged Effect

The Masterpiece and some Stenciling

Although the Dragged Effect  is beautiful on its own, I wanted to add a bit more cheer to it by stencilling it with some small leaf and flower patterns which worked perfect.

Boat Tray 1
I Love it!!

Notice that the middle image is whiter than the rest.. It was actually a mistake.. Using the sponge, I dabbed too much paint and sort  of blotted so I decided the others to be lighter which worked out well.  See.. It doesn’t have to be perfect.. the imperfections add character and I love improvising as I make mistakes.  The only way I learn really is when what I originally thought is right creates another way of thinking.

Boat Tray 2
Stenciled Image
Boat tray upclose
Upclose
Boat tray upclose 2
And Personal

And to finish this off.. Here’s a Dahlia for you.. 🙂

Boat tray with Dahlia
Boat tray with Dahlia – an Instagram Photo I took
Boat tray with Dahlia
Happy Day!!

I hope you enjoyed this simple project. I really loved it. I wasn’t how I originally envisioned it but is so much better just by embracing its imperfections.

If you want to have a look at books by Annie Sloan, you can visit our local stockists in Vancouver, The Passionate Home and Filmgo Sales.

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With Love,

Anne

***This project was submitted to the Be Awesome Link Party Week #13 on Sew Creative Blog