The Launch!

Sunday's launch and demonstrations of our new Van Gogh Fossil Paint went so well that we will be giving more demonstrations next Sunday from 2-5pm ! Thanks to all those who came by to see this amazing paint in action. If you would like specific information on when we will be holding our workshops then please send us an email at info@strawbridge.ie .

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What is van Gogh Fossil Paint?

Fossil paint has been around for hundreds, even thousands of years. Cave art? Fossil paint! Frescos in the Sistine Chapel? Fossil Paint! All of these refer to fossil paint or some version of fossil paint. Using lime and pigment and magnesium or calcium carbonate (chalk) to create beauty is not a new invention.

Van Gogh fossil paint has a smooth velvety texture and is very easy to apply, although its a chalk paint its finish is smoother than other brands. You do not need to add water to Van Gogh, it is the perfect consistency.  The big difference of course that makes Van Gogh stand out from all the other chalk paints on the market is in the finishing products.                                                                                                                       

Van Gogh offers exclusively a host of different products to seal your piece when it’s painted, not only making it hard but also giving it a real WOW factor!

While there is very little preparatory work involved when using fossil paint, we always recommend that you clean your piece of furniture with sugar soap, this will ensure that all  dirt, grease and any other residue is removed before painting.  If you do not clean your piece beforehand you may run into difficulties when painting as any grease or residue may show through the fossil paint.  If your surface is very high gloss, it is always beneficial to give the surface a light sanding.

While you generally do not have to prime when using fossil paint we strongly recommend that you carry out a scratch test on your piece before painting.  A scratch test will indicate how well your paint will adhere to your surface.  If you are painting old pieces of furniture, particularly mahogany or similar types of wood, you may need to prime as sometimes a bleed can come through your paint and cause major problems.    Also if the piece is old it may smell on the inside, a primer will seal any odours. A great little tip to rid musty smells in old furniture is to sprinkle bread inside the piece and leave it to absorb any odours.

Glorious colours of fossil paint in a palette specially designed to allow the creative user to mix and match two or more colours with ease. All paint consists of three parts:

1. The Vehicle

As its called that means the stuff that makes up most of the paint in our case its water! Most paints today use water as the vehicle because it doesnt have any nasty toxins like paint made with oil or chemical solvents.

2. The Pigment

Thats the stuff that gives almost everything a colour. Pigment comes in a dry powdered form. It is mined from the earth in the form of clay or mineral or even plants. Some pigments are man-made, these are called synthetic. The pigments can then be added to water or glycol or other liquids to turn them into a pourable, easy to work with colour. We use dry powdered pigments that we get from France, Italy and Germany for our handmade Beeswax Finish, and we use liquid pigments to create gorgeous heavily pigmented colours for our paint.

3. The Binder

Without the binder, all you have is coloured water! Beautiful coloured water, but not very useful because once the water evaporates, you would be left with dry powder on your furniture that would just wipe off. So, binder is the stuff that makes it all stick together, and stick onto the furniture. We use chalk as the binder in our paint. We also use a little bit of adhesive to make sure that the paint will adhere to most surfaces. The chalk is what makes our paint look velvety, matte and smooth. Its a beautiful finish that is hard to duplicate any other way.