Dates: Saturday April 5, 10am - 1pm. Instructor: Rachel Gingold. In this 3-hour class you will learn all about how to use Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Learn several techniques, such as smooth, rustic, two-color distressed and textured, and create sample boards to take home. The techniques you learn in this workshop compliment every style – from vintage to modern, French country and more. You will learn the proper way to apply both clear and dark wax, to achieve beautiful, durable finishes. Come away inspired, with samples and the confidence to complete your own projects at home with great results! All materials will be provided. Snacks and drinks are included. Receive expert advice from a Chalk Paint® Stockist – even after class!
Trash to Treasure Transformation with Chalk Paint
Dates: Sunday March 9, 9:30am - 1pm., Saturday April 19, 9:30am - 1pm. Instructor: Rachel Gingold. Do you have a small table, chair or other small piece of furniture that has been collecting dust in your attic, basement or garage? Wondering what to do with grandma's old table or that antique chair you found at the flea market? Bring in your small* piece of furniture (please contact us if you have questions re. the size or the type of piece). In this 3.5-hour class, we will supply you with the paint, tools and techniques to create an artistic new piece you will be proud to display in your home! All materials will be provided. Snacks and drinks are included. Receive expert advice from a Chalk Paint® Stockist – even after class! A small piece should be one that you can carry yourself, such as a small table or a chair, a picture frame, jewelry box, or something similar.
Chalk Paint Advanced Techniques & Embellishments
Dates: Saturday March 22, 10am - 2pm, Sunday April 13, 10am - 2pm. Instructor: Rachel Gingold. For those who have taken either Chalk Paint® 101 or Trash to Treasure, it's time to expand your horizons! Learn new techniques and use new products to enhance your Chalk Paint® projects! In this 4-hour class you will learn to use Artisan Enhancement's Crackle Tex and Pearl Plaster, play with metallic foils, learn wet-wax distressing and colored waxing techniques with Chalk Paint®. We will also practice a unique stenciling project from Annie Sloan's latest Color Recipes book! Come away inspired, with samples and the confidence to complete your own projects at home with great results! All materials will be provided. Snacks and drinks are included. Receive expert advice from a Chalk Paint® Stockist – even after class!
Learn to Stencil & Decoupage
Dates: Tuesday April 22, 7pm - 9pm. Instructor: Rachel Gingold. Learn the proper techniques for stenciling anything from a small box to a large wall. Also learn to embellish furniture, decor and other items using paper and decoupage techniques. Practice your skills on a mirror frame and a tray to take home with you!
Ladies Night Fused Glass Jewelry & Chocolate
Dates: Thursday March 27, 7pm - 9pm. Ladies, bring a friend and enjoy a night out making jewelry, tasting chocolate and other refreshments! Learn to make several pieces of beautiful fused glass jewelry. Art glass, tools and chocolates will be provided. You bring laughter and sense of creativity!
Introduction to Stained Glass
Dates: 6 Wednesday Evenings, April 2 - May 7. Instructor: Ken Shelby. Create a beautiful stained glass panel during this 6 week course. Select from an assortment of 20-30 piece patterns, pick out stained glass, learn to cut, grind, copper foil, solder and frame finish a piece. Take home a beautiful creation to hang. Class includes all glass, supplies. No need to purchase additional supplies or tools.
Dates: Sunday April 6, 11am - 3pm. Instructor: JaYing Wang. Beautify your garden and home with mosaics! Make up to 3 pieces, using a selection of broken stained glass, tiles, plates, mirrors and glass nuggets. Choose from a large selection of forms to mosaic: step stone, mirror, turtle, snail, rock, planter, and more. All supplies and instruction are included. 11am-3pm.
Drop-In Fused Glass Studio
Daily Tuesday thru Sundays.
Drop in and make beautiful fused glass art!
We provide the stained glass, tools and kiln firing, you bring your creativity to make plates, bowls, jewelry, suncatchers, nightlights, and more. Don't worry, we'll teach you how to use glass cutting tools and fusing techniques. It's not hard and the resulting pieces are AMAZING! We don't charge a studio use fee, you just pay by the piece. Prices range from $16 to $100. Because you will be working with cut glass shards, this is not advised for children under 10. Children 10-14 should be accompanied by an adult.
No studio fee.
Come into the studio to see the selection of sizes and shapes you can make. Prices are marked according to size. You create, we fire in kiln for you for pick up later. We also have lots of photos of fused glass art to inspire you!
Drop-in Studio hours
Tuesday - Friday: noon - 6pm
Saturday & Sunday: noon - 5 pm
After School Art Classes
Instructor: Rachel Gingold. For students age 10 - 16. Students will learn the fundamentals of painting using acrylics on canvas. We will cover the basics of color mixing, brush management and using glazing mediums. During the six weeks, students will create a still life, a mixed-media collage, and a landscape painting. Concepts of composition, light and shadow, foreground and background will all be emphasized. All skill levels are welcome. 8 students per class maximum. Winter 2014: 6 week class, meets once per week. Tuesday 3/4/14 - 4/15/14, 4:00-6:00pm (no class April 1st).
( includes all materials)$225.00
Glass Arts and Crafts
Instructor: JaYing Wang. For students age 9 - 16. Students will learn fundamentals of three related but different glass crafts: 1. Glass Fusing: art of fusing (melting) art glass to create jewelry, plates, bowls, suncatchers; 2. Glass Mosaics: art of adhering cut/broken glass, mirrors, nuggets onto surfaces and grouting; 3. Stained Glass: art of cutting art glass from a pattern, copper foiling and soldering to make hanging panels & suncatcher. Additionally, other crafts will be taught, possibly including wire sculpture, decoupage, paper & textile arts, printmaking, and watercolors. 8 students per class maximum. Winter 2014: 6-week course, meets once a week Wednesday 3/5/14 - 4/16/14, 3:45-5:15pm (no class April 2nd).
(includes all materials)$235.00
Instructor: Ken McGhee. For students age 10 - 16. Students will learn fundamentals of Manga illustration. Manga, originated in Japan, is a highly stylized form of cartoon illustration. Its offshoot, Anime, is animation derived from the Manga style. Students will learn fundamentals of Manga illustration, and by end of the 6-week course, will produce a full color, multi-panel cartoon page. Students will learn: character/gesture drawing techniques; basic perspective techniques; storyboard concepts; study page layout options; hand drawn typography techniques; color blocking using professional-grade markers; inking techniques using nibbed pen and ink. 10 students per class maximum. Winter 2014: 6-week course, meets once a week Friday 3/7/14 - 4/18/14, 4:30-6:00pm (no class April 4th).
(includes all materials)$200.00
Summer Art Camps 2014
Are your tweens and teens looking for a new way to express their creativity this summer?
We are offering week long summer art camps for entering 5th - 9th graders. These aren't your typical art camps though! Projects will be complex and challenging, designed for the youth who truly loves art, wants to explore new techniques and media, and has a passion for creating fabulous art!
Only 12 spaces will be available for each camp, so please register early to reserve a spot!
Glass Arts And More!
Instructor: JaYing Wang. Glass mosaics, glass fusing, stained glass AND a painting workshop!
Students will create one or two mosaic pieces suitable for the garden using colorful stained glass, glass nuggets and mirrors. They will learn how to use glass cutting tools, design & lay out a mosaic, and how to cement and grout.
Students will learn fundamentals of glass fusing techniques to create several beautiful pieces that will be kiln fired and slumped. Pieces may include fused glass jewelry, plates, candle holders, vases or wind chimes.
Students will learn to make a stained glass sun catcher using the Tiffany copper foil method of construction They will learn to cut glass accurately, use a glass grinder and other glass cutting tools, to use a soldering iron (with one-on-one direct supervision by JaYing). All solder used will be unleaded.
For a break from the glass arts, Rachel Gingold will conduct a one-day painting workshop on Thursdays. Students will learn the basics of composition, foreground and background, light and shadow, and then practice painting what they see, choosing to work from a photograph, an arrangement of objects, or from their imagination.
Paintings, Mosaics And More!
Instructor: Rachel Gingold. Painting, collage, mosaics and FUN!
Still life painting
Learn to copy an arrangement of objects! Students will learn the basics of composition, foreground and background, light and shadow, and apply them to their own unique painting.
Painting from Imagination
Students will paint something completely from their imagination! We will talk about inspiration, dreams and creativity, spend some time sketching ideas, and finally painting them on canvas. Let's see what happens.
Mixed Media Collage
Students will create a mixed media collage on canvas! We will cover the basics of composition, layering foreground and background, and how to add materials and paint to a canvas or board. A variety of materials will be available to incorporate into works of art.
Students will create one or two mosaic pieces suitable for the garden using tiles, colorful glass, glass nuggets and mirrors. They will learn how to use cutting tools, design & lay out a mosaic, and how to cement and grout.
Students will bring in a chair or small piece of furniture and turn it into a unique and colorful work of art! We will cover the basics of adding color to a 3D functional object.
2014 Camp Dates
Glass Arts And More
June 16-20, July 7-11, July 14-18, August 4-8, August 18-22.
Painting, Mosaics And More
June 23-27, July 21-25, July 28-August 1, August 11-15.
Hours, Fees & Discounts
Early enrollment discount! Take $25 off if you register before May 1, 2014
Art camp is from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm daily, Monday through Friday.
Cost is $385 per week.
Multiple week discount
Take $25 off each additional week, up to three weeks.
Take $10 off for a sibling participating the same week.
Campers will need to bring a lunch, a snack, and a reusable bottle of water daily.
After lunch each day, students will take a supervised 'walkabout' to surrounding areas near Park St.
Destinations may include Alameda Museum, art galleries, sites where there are public mosaic murals to view, homes/buildings featuring stained glass windows, etc.
Closed toe shoes are required!
No flip-flops, sandals or open-toe shoes please (it's a glass studio).
Please wear comfortable clothing appropriate for getting messy
as we will be working with paint, cement, grout and other materials that may not wash out of clothing. Consider bringing your favorite smock or old t-shirt (we will provide some, but you may have one you prefer).
A minimum deposit of $150 is required at the time of registration.
Fees may also be paid in full at the time of registration.
$50 of the deposit is non refundable.
The balance is refundable up to 2 weeks prior to the first day of camp.
Cancellation within 2 weeks prior to the first day of camp will incur a $150 cancellation fee.
If the minimum deposit is paid at the time of registration, the balance is due the first day of camp.
Spring Break Camp
Spring Break Holiday Camp: March 31 - April 4
Enjoy a week of art making over the spring break holiday! Students will work on a different project each day, creating fused glass pieces, mosaics, paintings, and more! Call for daily rates. Sibling discounts available. Hours: 9am-3pm. Age: 9+. Space Is Limited!
(/student for the week)$385.00
Have A Fused Glass Party!
Birthday parties, bridal showers, corporate team building, girls night out - you think of it, we'll help you host it! Our fee is $50 plus a $18 fused glass item per person (price per person will be higher for larger items). We provide a dedicated assistant, 2 hours studio time and space for drinks and treats. The fused glass item can be the guest's choice of plates, bowls, vase, sun catchers or jewelry. Each guest will also create a small fused glass piece which we will assemble & make into a beautiful hanging suncatcher for the guest of honor. We take care of the kiln firing and will call the host for pick up when all the pieces are done. You provide food, drinks, utensils & table supplies. We provide glass materials, tools, party table covering and clean up. Space limited to 12 persons. No alcohol if anyone in attendance is under 21. For ages 10+. To reserve (or for more information), email or call us at 510.263.0337.
Have A Canvas & Champagne Party!
ADULTS: We will host your evening birthday party, bridal shower, corporate team building, girls night out or other event with a fabulous painting project! No painting experience necessary. Create a masterpiece with guided, step-by-step instructions, while tasting imported wines. Fun evening out! Includes all materials and wine tastes. For groups of 6 - 15 people. You may bring refreshments. We provide 2 bottles of French Champagne and glasses for tasting. Additional wine, beer or champagne is available for purchase next door at Bonne Vie, or can be added for an additional fee. Cost is $40 per person, and includes all materials and instruction. For adults 21+ only. To reserve (or for more information), email or call us at 510.263.0337.
Custom Painting Services
We offer custom painting services. Do you have furniture or cabinets you would like painted, but don't want to do it yourself? Contact us for a free quote on your painting project! Glazes, distressing, hand-painted details, and excess cleaning or prep may incur additional costs. Typical prices for custom work (actual prices may vary):
( - $200, depending on size)$125.00
(- $90 per chair)$60.00
(- $500, depending on size)$300.00
Twin(- $500 (king) depending on complexity)$200.00
(- $600, plus interior & shelving)$400.00
(- $400, depending on size)$250.00
Chalk Paint® decorative paint and accessories by Annie Sloan
Hand-painted furniture and accessories
Jewelry, hand-crafted by local artists
Home decor items such as glassware, lathe-turned wooden bowls and accessories, and more.
Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan
We are very excited to offer this fabulous product at The Artistic Home Studio and Boutique!
What is Chalk Paint®?
It is an amazing paint designed to be used on furniture, but can be used on almost anything. Chalk Paint® adheres to almost any surface - it can be used on wood, metal, plastic, glass, ceramic, concrete, walls, appliances, fabric, outdoor furniture and MUCH more. It is completely water soluble, environmentally friendly, and has virtually no odor! It dries with a velvety matte finish, and can be waxed with Annie Sloan Soft Wax to give it a premium satin finish as well.
Why is Chalk Paint® so amazing?
Chalk Paint® is very easy to work with. It very rarely requires any preparation, such as sanding or priming, and can be used indoors and outside. It can revitalize old furniture, walls, ceilings and floors with ease. It's easy, fun, and makes amazing results accessible to everyone. With 31 beautiful colors, inspired by 18th and 20th Century decor and design, it is easy to achieve different looks when painting with Chalk Paint®. You can add a little water to make it smooth, thicken it by leaving the lid off, or make it into a stain by adding even more water, without disrupting its integrity. Colors can easily be mixed to extend the color range.
If it is so amazing, why haven't I heard of it before?
When Annie Sloan developed her unique decorative paint, Chalk Paint®, in the UK over 20 years ago, she revolutionized the world of decorative painting. Frustrated with the lack of paint options available at the time, she created her signature paint - with its remarkable versatility and ease of use - for everyone from the novice to the professional to enjoy. She called it Chalk Paint® because of its beautiful, velvety, matte finish. (It is NOT chalkboard paint!) Chalk Paint® was "unfolded" to the United States in 2010 by Lisa Rickert and Annie Sloan Unfolded as an international distributor of Annie Sloan products. Chalk Paint® and other Annie Sloan products, such as her finishing wax, Annie Sloan Soft Wax, as well as Annie Sloan brushes and fabrics are exclusively sold at design boutiques, decorative arts studios or vintage home décor stores whose owners are enthusiasts for Chalk Paint®.
What is Wood Icing?
Wood Icing™ is easy to use, friendly to the earth and full of creative potential.
Just when you think you have imagined and tried every possible idea for texture, new and fabulous ways of creating original textures are revealed through fun experimentation with Wood Icing.
The Wood Icing™ products are easy to use.
Most people gasp in amazement when the process is revealed in their first class, but they quickly become aficionados and then what we affectionately call our "Wood Icing™ addicts". Once they start, they cannot stop!
Our two primary faux finish products are water based, Textura Paste and Fissure Size.
Both can be applied to wood, metal, laminate cabinetry and furniture, Formica, and walls. In addition, we carry Furniture Glazing Colors and Poly Acrylic Topcoat, both designed to help you finish your Wood Icing™ projects.
Textura Paste is a water-based acrylic product, which has the consistency of peanut butter. This may be spread with a spatula or trowel then impressions and designs are made with any number of objects or tools. Use foam rubber stamps, mesh, lace, and numerous other materials. Another option is to trowel Textura Paste through a stencil for a raised design. You may also apply our Textura Paste through a stencil directly onto bare or unfinished wood. Once it has been stained it is hard to tell the difference of real carved wood and a Wood Icing design. The Textura Paste should be allowed to dry overnight to a hard crispy surface, then sand to remove the high spots and clean up the surface. Stain, glaze or paint. Once the project is complete, apply two to three coats of protective top coat for the final finish. You may use oil-based or a water based polyurethane. Clean up with soap and water.
Fissure Size is an optional step, which is what causes our Textura Paste to crack. Brush on and allow it to dry to the touch. Apply Textura Paste over the top. Cracks will form as the paste dries. Run out of time before you get the Textura Paste on...Not to worry... Fissure Size will still create cracks in our Textura Paste no matter how long you wait. Put the paste on as soon as the Fissure Size is dry or wait 3 months... It will still create cracks when you spread the Textura Paste over the top of it!! If the design you have chosen does not require cracks and crevasses, then you should skip this step and move onto the Textura Paste. Clean up with soap and water.
We offer unique, hand-painted furniture for sale in our boutique! Please stop by frequently as our selection is often changing. Currently we have the following pieces for sale:
Downton Abbey Desk
This beautiful, bean-shaped antique desk has been lovingly restored, and would fit in perfectly at Downton Abbey! But it is also an ideal writing desk for your home. Painted with Chalk Paint® and a little gold bling, lightly distressed, with a hand-waxed protective finish. This desk will last for many years to come.
Yellow Dresser with Surprise Desk
This 3-in-1, solid birch dresser with a slide-out desk and vanity mirror is perfect for your small space! Painted with a golden yellow mix of Chalk Paint®, a pop of turquoise inside, and a hand-waxed protective finish, this gorgeous piece will last for many years to come. Handles have been restored to match turquoise knobs. Its even better looking in person.
Little Red Table
Antique, round end table with a single drawer, fully re-loved and painted with Chalk Paint® decorative paint. Iridescent red lace stencil pattern on the top surface makes this piece exquisite. Hand-waxed protective finish will keep this table looking good for many years to come.
Pretty, White End Table
Antique, solid-wood end table, hand-painted in white with an iridescent white lace stencil pattern on the top surface. Single drawer looks like two drawers. Iridescent white and silver accents make this piece shine.
Hand-Painted Dresser, Rustic Shabby Chic
Solid wood, antique dresser with space underneath, recently restored and hand-painted with Chalk Paint® decorative paint. Beautiful, shabby chic distressed style. Insides of drawers painted burgundy/purple. Must see - looks even better in person! Dimensions: 40" width x 34.5" height x 20" depth.
Stunning Teal 4-drawer Dresser
Beautiful 4-drawer, solid wood dresser, restored and painted with Chalk Paint® decorative paint, stencil design on front, and brand new drawer pulls to compliment this unique work of art. Dimensions: 28.5" width x 40" height x 17" depth.
French Shabby Chic 3-drawer Dresser
This beautiful, one-of-a-kind, 3-drawer, hand-painted dresser is stenciled with French poetry and postage from Paris. Painted with Chalk Paint® decorative paint. This unique piece is truly a work of art! Glass and ceramic knobs add to the look. Dimensions: 41" width x 18" depth x 31.5" height.
Hand-painted Flower Vanity Table & Mirrors
This shabby-chic vanity table and try-fold mirror set is one-of-a-kind. It was hand-painted with Chalk Paint® decorative paint, and distressed. The roses were hand-painted by decorative artist, Rachel Gingold, to give it a uniquely feminine touch. Dimensions: Table is 36" width x 16" depth x 28" height. Mirror peak height is 36" above the table top.
This unusual dresser is in beautiful condition! It has been restored with Chalk Paint® decorative paint and wax. The straps are real leather. The drawers are solid wood. A must see! Dimensions: 34"width x 32"height x 18" depth.
Antique Green Table
This cute end table or entry table is a lovely accent piece. Painted with Chalk Paint® decorative paint, and waxed with clear and dark wax to give it an antique patina, it also features a few gold accents. Dimensions: 16" width x 13" depth x 28" height.
Antique 5-drawer Dresser
This sturdy, solid wood dresser was beautifully restored with Chalk Paint® decorative paint and waxed for added protection and sheen. The mix of unique hardware knobs adds character. The neutral colors would work well in any bedroom. Dimensions: 33" width x 18" depth x 48" height.
100-year-old, restored Mirror
This beautiful, carved, antique mirror was given a new life, cleaned and restored using Chalk Paint® decorative paint, and metallic accents. Dimensions: 30" height x 15" width.
We offer gorgeous jewelry hand-made by artisans! These are just a few of the items we carry. Stop by and see! We have a colorful selection of stained glass pendant blanks and hand-made wire alphabet letters made by Tina. Choose your pendant and letter, and we'll solder the letter onto the pendant for you!
Custom made jewelry made by Tracy Matthews using the Tiffany stained glass method
We are a DIY home decor studio & boutique, specializing in decorative painting, furniture painting, mosaics, stained glass & fused glass. We also carry the full line of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.