We've got something new in the shop that's made right here in Niagara: Blue Rock Paint! This clay mineral paint is sparking all kinds of ideas for home and studio projects.

I've brought in primary colours (red, blue, and yellow), black, white and green. They're lovely shades with evocative names like Egyptian Sun, Forest, and Kiss Me. If there are other hues you're looking for, just let us know.

Clay Mineral Paint is thick and matte, and used to paint wood, bare plaster, MDF, stone, and terra cotta. It can also be used on top of a painted surface, since it will stick to it. As its name suggests, it includes clay in its composition. It's also environmentally friendly and easy to use.

Blue Rock Paint's clay mineral paint is water-based and free of acrylic and oil. Its thickness means a little product goes far in regard to coverage. However, if you prefer a thinner, more transparent look, just add water and stir.

Is clay paint different from chalk paint? These paints do have some similarities, but also differences. Unlike chalk paint, clay paint doesn't require a wax sealant. It's also thicker. Clay mineral paint absorbs moisture, which makes it a great choice for places like kitchens, where it can help dry out a room.

Summertime is a great time to try out clay mineral paint. In addition to furniture pieces which can be painted at any time of year, you can experiment on garden furniture, decor and containers. If you like certain pieces, but not their colour, try painting them!

In addition to adding a solid coat of colour, you can try your hand at something more decorative. Either freehand draw motifs, a pattern such as stripes or dots, or consider stencilling. It's a great excuse to spend time outside and stretch your creativity, even if you don't consider yourself to be artistic. It's also a fun activity to enjoy with others of all ages.


We hope you're inspired to try out a little summer project with fast-drying paint. There's something about it that brings out a child-like sense of play in all of us.

Have a wonderful, fun week!

July 11, 2023 — Antoinette D'Angelo

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