Amelia, since you may be wondering, is an occasional chair frame in the Amy Howard Collection. Amelia Chair The Amy Howard studio is in Memphis, TN. In January 2011, Amy began offering painting classes held at her East Memphis outlet.
I was so thrilled to be able to attend and learn her painting techniques.
I just picked up Amelia from the upholstery shop. Done. All finished. So, here she is:
The hands-on workshop at Amy Howard is actually the third class I have taken there.
In the photo above, you can also see a chest I painted a couple years ago in a taupe metallic finish. Also shown are some demijohns brought back from France that my husband and I selected at Roundtop antiques show in Texas this spring. I liked the aqua ones and he liked the green ones. Behind the demijohns is an original painting that I did. The photo is cropped so you can't see much of it.
The first class I took in January was on creating the Toscana finish with gold leaf edge on a small piece of wood.
This class is doing that finish on an actual piece of furniture. Students had a choice between two different chairs or a bench. Another student in the class, Sam, and I picked the Amelia chair and Beth chose the bench.
I took this photo outside so maybe you could see the finish a little better. It is so dark inside the house.
The fabric is a cocoa colored linen with a gold metallic painted damask pattern.
If you are within driving distance of Memphis, Tennessee and love to paint furniture, I suggest this class. It was not taught by Amy herself but by Lauren who she trained and Ned who is very talented and works at the studio. His instruction was invaluable. Thanks, Ned.
Here is the raw wood frame that I started with.
I know this sounds crazy when you want to end up with a light painted piece, but the first step is to stain it. Just one of the layers to get to the end result.
Then the legno gesso. Then water based paint.
Here Ned is quick drying it with a torch.
Here fly speck aging has been applied and Ned has distressed the frame with a scraper.
Red boulle water based paint has been placed where the gold leaf will be applied.
Here I have started applying the gold leaf over the boulle paint.
The gold leaf is now on.
The last step is adding light and dark wax and some dust of the ages.
This photo shows how the wax brings out the aging. I loved this wax but on a future chair, I would not distress it by scraping back the paint so much.
For information or to sign up for classes, contact Lauren Stone at email@example.com. For information on purchasing furniture at the outlet, contact Amy Hyneman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see a previous post I did on Amy Howard Collection furniture, go here:
Now that we have finished class, do you want to walk around the outlet with me and look at some Amy Howard Collection pieces? I'll show you some of my favorites.
Love this console table.
The versatile Darnell chest used beside a bed.
Lots of different style chests to pick from.
Absolutely love this.
Lots of mirrored pieces to select from.
Including this four poster bed and chest.
One of my favorite beds. It would be hard to choose.
Here is another one.
So many lovely pieces. Did you see any you liked?
I'm awaiting the new workshop list to see if there is another class that excites me.