Decorative Gilding

My 14 year old niece asked me yesterday if she could borrow this book from me. I almost didn't let her because this was the very first book I ever had on any type of decorative painting.  I was living in Colorado and my parents had found it in a book store on their drive from Minnesota to visit me.  It was a year or two later in 98' that I officially launched my business and I still love reading this Annie Sloan book just as much today as I did way back then.

This Decorative Gilding book, as well as the other Annie Sloan books I later added to my collection were an enormous influence on my work.  I was going to say my early work, but I know with whatever I create, all the influences of the past have helped shape what I do now.

I remember several years ago saying that I wanted to take a class with Annie and the person I said this to, who happened to be another Decorative Painter looked at me like a deer in headlights and said "who?".  I was incredulous that someone didn't know who she was.  Don't you read?  I came to find out a lot of people didn't.  Then a year later the "Chalk Paint" boom happened, and I would bet you would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't know who she is.

In the age of the Ipod, Kindle and other electronic devices, which admittedly I love, I will never part with any of my decorative painting books by Annie or any of the other ones I own from many other authors.  They are my treasured collection.


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