Jelena Pticek, Canada’s First Painter in Residence!

Last year I established my Painters in Residence programme as a way to showcase the wonderful things that people are doing with my paints. Every three months, I invite a new set of painters, from all over the world, to work with my products in inspiring and innovative ways. The results are then presented on my social media pages. My current residents are Tim Gould from the UK and Jelena Pticek – my first ever Painter in Residence from Canada!

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Jelena Pticek grew up in Croatia and now lives and works in Toronto. Six years ago she moved into her new home and decided to decorate on a budget – using hand-me-down furniture that she made her own with a touch of paint. After finding the process so rewarding she turned her hobby for painted furniture into a business and left her office job to pursue her own, independent career under the name Poppyseed Creative Living.

I came across Jelena’s work online – I think via Etsy or possibly Pinterest, and admired the way she used colour and pattern. The techniques that Jelena uses are simple, but the results are exciting and inspiring – her work is a brilliant example of just how easy it is to achieve great results with my paint, Chalk Paint™.


The first project from Jelena is this fun, contemporary cabinet. The cabinet came from a friend of Jelena’s, who asked her to give the tired piece of furniture a make-over – the cabinet was scratched and beaten, and didn’t suit the style of her house. Jelena was given free-reign to work with any technique or style she wanted, but her friend wanted the cabinet to use green as a base colour.

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Jelena chose to work with a traditional and sophisticated palette of Olive, Versailles and Country Grey. She created a gradient of colour by applying the darkest colour (Olive) to the top section of the cabinet, working down to Versailles and then Country Grey. To add a modern touch, she used scallop-shaped masking tape and created an interesting border where two colours met.


Inside the cabinet, Jelena used Graphite, which is both neutral and dramatic. She then finished the piece with my Clear Soft Wax.

Follow the hashtag #PaintersInResidence on Instagram and Facebook to see projects from Jelena over the coming weeks and head to my ‘Painters in Residence’ Pinterest board too

Written by Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

One of the world’s most respected paint and colour experts, Annie Sloan brings decades of expertise – and plenty of style – to her hugely popular line of decorative paint, Chalk Paint™.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, Chalk Paint™ is a unique, eco-friendly, formula that sticks to just about any surface – inside and outside the home – without the need for priming or sanding. Inspired by 18th and 20th century décor and design, the range comprises over 30 decorative and historic colours, which combine well to provide an even larger colour palette. With a brand new line of stencils, fabrics, brushes, waxes to provide protection and durability to painted projects, and other finishing products, Annie’s inspirations are transforming more and more homes every day.

While growing the range, Annie also finds time to swap paintbrush for pen. Her 24 books on decorative painting, with a 25th due to come out later this year, have sold well over 2 million copies and are giving people the world over the skills and confidence to get creative.

A passionate supporter of small businesses, Annie only sells her products through independent shops. She encourages each of her tight-knit group of global Stockists to be individual and inspiring in their ventures and – like the lovers of her paints and products – to find their own Annie Sloan.

Annie trained as a fine artist and turned to decorative work after university in the mid -1970s while painting murals in houses as commissions. By 1987, Annie had written the phenomenally successful book ‘The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques’ which is considered to be the industry bible on the subject. Unable to find the paints that she wished to work with, Annie used her knowledge of colour, paint, pigments and art history and invented Chalk Paint™ in 1990.

In 2000 Annie set up a shop in Oxford to showcase Chalk Paint™, run courses, and offer interior design services. More books followed and there are now nearly 1,500 Stockists around the world, with 43 Stockists in Canada and growing, and an ever-expanding portfolio of complementary products.

One thought on “Jelena Pticek, Canada’s First Painter in Residence!

  1. Loving the colors on that =) loving your blog too! Seems you are quite the accomplished lady! keep up the good work ill be sure to check back often!

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