Start dreaming of an off-White Christmas

Athenian Black is the latest addition to the chalk paint palette by Annie Sloan.

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This holiday season, have an off-White Christmas with an all new Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.

An homage to the true, deep black used to render silhouetted figures and scenes on Ancient Greek ceramics, Athenian Black is the latest addition to the Chalk Paint palette.

Oxford-based fine artist, author and colour expert Annie Sloan took inspiration from the world-famous pottery collection in the antiquities gallery of her local museum, The Ashmolean.

“It’s a black so authentic it suggests a complete absence of light,” says Sloan. “I’ve matched Athenian Black with earthy tones to reinforce the earthen ware association, but it makes a dramatic statement when used alone, evoking mystery, decadence and sophistication.”

Athenian Black is the latest addition to the chalk paint palette by Annie Sloan.

Joining the iconic Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan collection of mixable decorative paints, Athenian Black offers a velvety matte finish and can be applied to almost any surface — including furniture, walls and floors without priming or sanding.

“Creating a Christmas scheme with the little ones is a great way to channel the delirium of the festive season into a fun activity. I tend to leave my elves in charge of the simple painting tasks, like creating a ‘Santa Stop Here’ sign for their easel,” says Annie, grandmother of three. “Something we love doing together is foraging for natural decorative accents; finding branches, pinecones and sprigs of ivy to Chalk Paint for Father Christmas to admire when he delivers their stockings. Going on these walks gets the kids imaginations going as they come up with very creative stories which you can translate into all sorts of painterly ideas.”

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