This past weekend I had the honour and privilege of attending an intimate class taught by Marian Parsons, aka Miss Mustard Seed, at her studio in Pennsylvania! EEK!
I have been using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint for several years now and love, love, love it and was tremendously excited when I found out that I would have the opportunity to learn even more about it from Marian herself!
Milk paint has been around for centuries and is one of the oldest types of paints know to be used. I have always been in awe of the authentically old finish it gives to pieces and how it can instantly transform a piece into something that looks like it has a story to tell. Miss Mustard Seed’s brand of Milk Paint is by far my favourite and comes in a gorgeous array of colours that look like they have leapt off of antique pieces of furniture. Milk paint has a bit of a learning curve to it as you have to mix it yourself, but, once you get the hang of it, the sky is the limit as to what you can create. (or recreate!)During my time with Marian, I was not only able to use her paint and learn a plethora of new tips, tricks and techniques, but I was also truly inspired by both her and her studio.
Marian’s style warms my soul in a way that few things do and the beautiful pieces in her studio made my heart skip a beat. Every time I turned around I was noticing something else that spoke to something deep within me.
The mixture of painted furniture, vintage finds and layers of texture just left me in awe.
Even the lighting was a perfect blend of functional yet pretty. Her studio was filled with many weathered and worn items that had been repurposed and they created a visual feast for the soul. The natural light that poured in made the space warm and inviting and created a glow that could not be ignored.
The experience of meeting Marian and hanging out in her studio (with a paint brush in hand!) filled me with inspiration, deepened my passion even further for painting and left me with incredible hope for the future.
I will forever be thankful to her for opening her space, heart and mind to us! Oh, and of course I couldn’t head back to Canada without grabbing up a few of her signature products and a vintage utility tray that she had found!