Hi everyone! Sometimes I am a slacker with my blog posts and facebook page. Although I try to write a blog post at least once a week, lately that just hasn't happened. I have been very busy working on a huge project!
I have been bursting at the seams wanting to tell you about it! Homestead House Paint Company just launched a new line of furniture paint called Fusion!
I've had the privilege of playing a part in the launch of this wonderful new line of paint and I am super excited to share it with you. I know you will all have tons of questions about this new paint so I have also posted more information (FAQ) for you.
So here's the story ...
About seven weeks ago I received an e-mail from Jennylyn Pringle, the president of Homestead House Paint Company. Homestead House is a Canadian paint company that has been in the paint business for over 25 years and makes both Homestead House milk paint and Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint. Can you imagine my excitement when I received this e-mail? I was jumping right out of my skin!
"I’m not sure if you remember us speaking before. I absolutely love your photography and I have a bit of a project that I would like to speak to you about. Do you have any free time for a phone chat today?"
The next day I spoke to Jennylyn and she told me all about a new paint line they were launching and asked me to paint and photograph the line. Jennylyn wanted paint colour collages similar to the collages I did for my website for Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint (but of course I had to come up with a different idea).
I quickly agreed to be part of the team and work on this project because it combined two of my favourite things - painting and photography. Homestead House is a leader in the milk paint industry so I had no doubt that this new line of paint would be top notch as well.
I spent the weekend sketching out ideas for collages. I decided to create little vignettes showcasing the colours and include one photo of the wet paint in each collage.
Three days later I received 24 cans of paint by courier and I starting painting. Eventually I realized that it was not humanly possible to get all the painting done by myself in the time frame required, so I had several pals help me out. So thanks Dawn, Gillian, Megan, Tracy and Don for stepping up to the plate and helping me paint. You guys are amazing!
We painted on every surface imaginable - metal, sterling silver, wood, previously painted surfaces and more. I even dipped some chandelier crystals in the paint and hung them to dry. No doubt we put Fusion paint to the test!
The entire painting crew was amazed with the paint. It was super smooth going on and stuck like glue. I have to be honest, I have never painted with such good quality pre-mixed paint. The coverage was spectacular!
Once the painting was done, the real fun began. You see, I am a collector of random stuff. So as I was painting my mind was going a mile a minute about what props I could use with each colour when it came time for the photography.
By the time the painting was done I had a vision of how each collage would look and had jotted down tons of ideas on paper.
Believe it or not, I didn't have to buy a single thing for any of the photo shoots. Okay, one exception - I had to buy cinnamon buns. But shortly after that shoot there was no evidence that the cinnamon buns ever really existed because I ate them.
You see, I like to collect random stuff. Huh! My collecting sure came in handy! I knew that all the vintage photos I found in the attic when I bought my building (which is an old General Store) would be perfect for the above collage.
I could picture my vintage kitchenware collection in some of the collages. Side note: Sometimes a photo looks simple, but it is not so. I had to do four reshoots to get these measuring spoons just right. I kept on bumping them and the one balancing on top of the other kept on falling into the wet paint. Wash the spoons - try again - wash the spoons - try again. You get it. I finally duct taped those puppies together! Trust me, duct tape and fishing line are a photographers best friend.
I also have a collection of vintage teapots that I painted to showcase the colours in many of the collages. I even poured paint into one teapot. I did not have enough paint to fill the teapot, so I filled the bottom of the teapot with rocks and then poured in the paint. Good thinking, huh? I shot that photo quickly because I can't honestly say that I cleaned the rocks first and I did not want dirt mixing with the paint.
My sister, Sheila, and I both collect vintage cupcake tins. Sheila actually couriered me some of her tins so that I could fill them with paint. She also sent me other cool, random stuff that I used in the photos. Thanks Sis!
When I opened the paint can and saw this beautiful red, I knew exactly what I wanted to photograph it with - my antique organ I hauled home from Winnipeg last fall. I loved how the dark wood complimented the red and made it pop. Side note: I have been know to haul ridiculously large loads in the back of my truck from Winnipeg. Last time I went there I was the poster girl for the Beverly Hillbillies.
You know what I love most about these photos? The memories that go with them. Memories I've made with my friends who helped me paint until the wee hours of the morning (we ate junk food like crazy, drank tons of coffee and giggled like teenagers). My friends kept me sane when I was becoming overwhelmed with the project.
You know what else I love about this? I finally used some of my "treasures" I have been collecting forever. Who knew that my antique ironing board, sewing machine and iron would ever come in handy? I think it's cool that my "treasures" (junk to some, perhaps?) will be forever part of the Fusion paint line.
I even hauled things out of my garden for photos. I love my old ladder covered in moss and my old tools. (Heck, I don't even know what that hanging tool with the two prongs is. I told you, I love to collect random stuff!)
I would also like to give a huge thank you to Jennylyn from Homestead House Paint Company. Jennylyn has been absolutely amazing to work with and I feel like I have gotten to know her through about 100 e-mails and a zillion text messages. I am honored that Jennylyn asked me to paint and do the photography for the launch of Fusion paint.
Jennylyn is one of the hardest working people I have ever known and I want to congratulate her and her family on the launch of such a wonderful new line of paint. Jennylyn speaks so highly of her parents, Loree and Scott, who are the founders of Homestead House Paint Company and I can't wait to meet the family in September at the Home Show in Toronto. It is my understanding that Loree and Scott will be hosting a barbecue and I can't wait to meet them all!
Fusion will be available at the end of August. I am taking pre-orders so you can be first in line to try out this amazing new paint. Please check back in a couple days for Fusion paint to be added to my website.
Here are the rest of the colours in the line. There are 24 paint colours in total!