Soft & Elegant with a Shimmer Paint Recipe

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A beautifully soft and elegant grey with a shimmery finish.

For this paint recipe, we walk you through how to create an elegant finish with a silver wash to add shimmer.

This technique works really well with the pale to mid-toned greys and warm whites, making sure to use a darker warm colour for the wax. Another colour option could be Dove for the base with Cafe au Lait for the wax.

What you will need:

  • Paloma Chalk Paint
  • Stonebreaker Chalk Paint
  • Clear Wax
  • Metallic Silver Paint
  • Natural Bristle Brush
  • Pro-Hybrid Synthetic Brush
  • Optional: Silver Gilding Wax

1 - Paint in Paloma using a pro-hybrid round synthetic brush. Water paint down by about 5% and paint in large crosses to create subtle texture.

2 - Paint a second coat for full coverage, adding 5% water.

3 - Create a coloured wax using Stonebreaker chalk paint and Clear wax. Combine paint and wax in a 1:1 ratio. Brush on with a natural bristle brush and wipe off excess with a rag.

4 - Create a metallic wash by mixing 50% water and 50% Silver metallic paint in a bowl, make sure to stir frequently as it can separate. Brush wash over the waxed finish with the synthetic brush and rag off excess with a clean rag. 

Tip: When using a wash work in sections so you have more time to play. The longer you leave a wash on, the darker the colour will be.

5 - Optional: Use Silver gilding wax to highlight the edges and details.


  • Click here for a printable PDF with the instructions on the back.