Recently a friend was throwing out a very
old wooden child’s chair. It had been left in a shed for the last fifteen years
and the seat was lifting up from the frame and the paint was peeling.
To restore the situation and to make a suitable chair for my grandson, first of all we tacked the seat back onto the frame.
Then my grandson and I sanded the chair.
Next we painted it with Annie Sloan pure chalk white , and once it was dry we painted it with Annie Sloan Antibes green paint. To finish off and give it a smooth finish, we gave it a coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint wax clear.
I have just spent 2 hours at the
hairdressers and rather than reading all the gossip and fashion magazines I
decided to take my own copy of the
latest edition of the The Colourist. I am so pleased I did.
When they first appeared a few years ago I had my reservations about Bookazines, that cross between a book and a magazine, I suppose it was as much to do with the price as anything.
I had a few questions about this form of publishing, the first being:
If you are going to pay the best part of
£10 why not just buy a book?
A book takes much longer to produce and the information you get in a bookazine is bang up to date.
Why are so many bookazines cropping up, as
the rest of print journalism is very much on the decline.
I think the answer to this is that there are many journalists and designers who are passionate about their subject whether it be design and interiors such as shown in 91 magazine, Rakes Progress the progressive guide to gardens, plants, flowers and The Colourist – which is a cornucopia of design and colour.
have a particular look and feel about them. On the whole the paper is nicer
than run of the mill magazines, they feel like something you want to keep and
they are not full of adverts.
aware that Annie is promoting her chalk paints and ‘The Colourist’ is a great
showcase for them. However the bookazine is, like Annie herself, full of
practical information, design inspiration and examples of how to use
This issue features two of my favourite designers Anni Albers whose work was shown at the Guggenheim Bilbao before transferring to the Tate Modern late last year. Albers is known mainly for her weaving that was created at the Bauhaus although she worked in many other disciplines too.
The magazine covers, what is trending, design classics, inspiration and also homes, including Annie’s own home in France. There are features from abroad plus How-to’s and also includes two stencils that you can use on a project of your choice.
As a bibliophile I am delighted that The
Colourist also includes book reviews.
“It all boils down to sharing my passion
for style and colour. I want to inspire everyone to get creative!” says Annie
The Colourist is a Bookazine and is Annie Sloan‘s latest venture. The current plan is to publish bi-yearly, but don’t quote me on that.
For those who don’t know, a bookazine, as it says on the tin, is a cross between a book and a magazine. It looks magazine like, but is printed on much better paper. At £9.95 it is twice the price of a magazine, but it is a periodical that you will want to keep, as you would a book.
I did wonder if The Colourist would just be a vehicle for Annie to sell more of her excellent chalk paint. The paint does feature, but in such an inspirational and interesting way it doesn’t feel like an advertorial.
After an introduction by Annie, where she espouses her love of colour, the Bookazine is divided into sections starting with The colour hunter. This includes, What is new, Annie’s picks, Designer Focus, Trend watch and a competition.
There are travel features and most importantly Annie’s work with Oxfam in Ethiopia.
There are quite a few How To’s and Make Over’s and a lovely give away, a free style stencil accompanied by step by step photographs showing how to use the stencil, to create a tile table top.
Before I finish this review I think it is important to mention Felix Sloan who is the creative director of The Colourist and Jane Toft, the Managing Editor. Jane is very imaginative and so in touch with the zeitgeist, it was she who started Mollie Makes and The Simple Things. Their combined hard work and design flair has created something truly desirable.
Perhaps Annie should have the final word.
“It all boils down to sharing my passion for style and colour. I want to inspire everyone to get creative!”