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Easter Themed Wax Puck Resist Tutorial


Our Wax Pucks are made from 100% beeswax. These handy little discs fit perfectly in the palm of your hand and are very versatile. Wax Pucks create a resist in between layers of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and are also great for rubbing along stubborn drawer runners to get them moving again.

Today, we’d like to teach you how to layer two different colors of MMS Milk Paint using a Wax Puck resist in between! The subject of this tutorial are these adorable wooden bunnies.

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  1. To achieve a layered look, apply one coat of milk paint and allow it to dry.
  2. Next, rub the Wax Puck over the edges, corners and “high points” of the piece.  Anywhere the wax is applied, milk paint will resist adhering. Make sure you rub the Wax Puck randomly around and in places where paint would naturally wear over time.
  3. Then, apply a second coat of milk paint in a contrasting color and allow it to dry completely.
  4. Using sandpaper, distress the surface to easily remove the paint where wax was applied, revealing first coat underneath.
  5. Seal your piece with any of our fine finishes.


Watch this video tutorial to see the process in action! This video was created by Jenn Baker of Eight Hundred Furniture.

Didn’t those bunnies turn out super cute?

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A Wax Puck resist work best when you layer high contrasting colors over one another. This is Outback Petticoat with French Enamel on top.

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For a more subtle look, layer softer colors over one another. This is Arabesque over Schloss.

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Layering colors in the same family provides a two toned look. This is Boxwood over Lucketts Green.

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You can replicate this look on any surface. Jenn used wooden bunnies that she picked up for one of her paint workshops. You can visit the unfinished wood section of your local craft store to pick up something similar just in time for Easter!

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Arabesque is one of our lovely featured colors for the month of February.

This soft, muted, dusty rose of a pink is the most darling color.

But did you know that this color can be used for so much more than nurseries and dressers for little girls?

Let’s talk about how you can incorporate shades of Arabesque into your home decor.

Pink works well with more colors than you would think!  It adds a softness to grays and navy.  This photo via Pinterest shows how one blush pink pillow and some springtime flowers instantly add a feminine touch to an otherwise masculine scene.  We also loved how the warmth of the wood stool and the breakfast tray play with this shade of pink.  See how it can lean cool or warm (or both) depending on what’s around it?

Here’s an example of how Circa Dee combined the blush tone of Arabesque with cream, warm wood tones, and deeper pink accents to pull Arabesque in the warm direction.

We love how Jen Farr of Design Devotee used pops of blush pink to create a serene and tranquil bedroom.  We see colors similar to Marzipan and Bergere in this photo too, don’t you?

Speaking of our European Colors, Arabesque works well with any of the other colors in that line. 

Whichever color you decide to pair it with, Arabesque is a perfect match with its fellow European tones.

You can soften Arabesque with our white wax to create dreamy softness or use our Antiquing Wax to give your piece richness and age.

Photo via The Golden Sycamore

So whether you decide to add accents of Arabesque throughout your home or you use it on a featured piece of furniture, we hope you appreciate the sophistication of this marvelous featured color!

MMSMP Featured Artisan – Claremont Studio

We are so pleased to introduce you to the lovely Tracey Johnston of Claremont Studio as August’s MMSMP Featured Artisan!

Claremont Studio is an independent contemporary fine art and design studio in Aberdeen, Scotland.  From this location, Tracey offers art workshops and provides interior design advice, exhibition curation and bespoke art and collectables sourcing.  She also retails Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Products from her studio and online shop.  If you’re local to Aberdeen, you can join her for MMSMP certified workshops for complete beginners to the accomplished artist and bespoke professional furniture painting.  Tracy also teaches adult and children’s art classes,  mentors artists and takes part in local events with her pop-up shop.

Needless to say, she is one busy woman!

Tracey’s career in art began when she attended the Gray’s School of Art at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.  She studied Fine Art and specialized in printmaking and painting.  Over the years as she continued to paint and exhibit her work, she also taught art to adults and children and worked as an archaeological illustrator.

Tracey’s interest in interiors really started when she was an art student and moved into a student flat where most of the furniture came from second hand shops and was upcycled and given a new life.  We think many of you can attest to this avenue as well!  Tracey loves to collect and paint furniture and over the years, she has developed a calm, eclectic style to fit her personality and lifestyle.

Tracey feels that homes should be filled with the things you love and her family has collected interesting artifacts, antiques and art from the places they have been lucky enough to visit.  Tracey opened her own art gallery in 2010 and very much enjoyed five successful years of trading.  When her children came along, it was time to move on to new adventures, focus on family time and re-connect with her own art work.

We asked Tracey what her favorite MMSMP colors are and she said she really loves them all!  In the northern hemisphere she has a particular light and she feels the MMS Milk Paint range of colors really compliment that.  They hit the spot and simply “feel right”.  At the moment she’s very drawn to the soft cool colors like Grain Sack, Mora and Eulalie’s Sky but she absolutely adores Arabesque.  In fact, she just finished a small side table using Eulalie’s Sky and painted an old wardrobe in Arabesque.

What first drew our eye to Claremont Studio was a painting of two swallows that was captioned, “Follow Me Home”.

We were curious about the process Tracey went through to create this particular piece of art, and she was happy to share!  “Follow Me Home” is an illustration on paper.  It was prepared by painting MMS Milk Paint directly on paper.  Once the MMSMP dried, Tracey gave it a light sand.  Then, she applied a wash of Japanese watercolor and added the pen and ink drawing on top.

This piece was part of a larger project.  Tracey was awarded a Seventeen Commission by Aberdeen City Council to produce large scale illustrations exploring cultural aspects unique and particular to her home town of Aberdeen and develop these images through the design process to produce textile pieces – silk and chiffon scarves.

Part of the exhibition of this work was to show the design process from the first drawings to the finished piece and also to interact with members of the public to share their cultural reminiscences of the city.  Tracey asked the public a series of questions including, “Why Aberdeen?  What Makes You Stay?  What Makes You Leave?  What Makes You Come Home?”

All of the answers were posted on a Memory Wall.  The illustrations Tracey made from these responses were inspired by family connections to the sea and were her attempt at creating a more lyrical, poetic and romantic view of the city.  Her illustrations referenced maritime navigation, the stars, the sky, watching the weather and the idea of going and returning and ‘finding’ your way home.

Swallows mate for life and meet at the same nest each year, returning.  They represent love, care and affection towards family and friends, showing the loyalty of the person always returning to them. The bird also represents freedom and hope.  It is also said that if a sailor drowns, the swallows will carry their soul to heaven.

Source: Claremont Studio Instagram

We asked Tracey if she had any advice to offer our readers regarding decorating and curating a space they love. Here’s what she wrote:

As William Morris once said, ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’  I’m a firm believer [in this saying] so pack up everything else, de-clutter, give away/or sell and only be surrounded by the things you really love.  My second piece of advice is to make the best use of the space you have.  Think carefully about what its used for, what mood are you trying to create?  If you’re not sure [where to begin], start looking for inspiration, create a board on Pinterest and start pinning away images of interiors/colors/furniture/furnishings you like. 

“I also strongly believe that before deciding on interior colors it’s very important that you live with that color and really see how it works at every time of day. I often have about a dozen color swatches on the walls of rooms I’m about to decorate so that I can really see what it will look like at different times of day before I decide. This really goes for painting furniture too.  I always tell my students to paint a small piece of skirting board with the MMS Milk Paint color they are thinking of using on their piece of furniture and place it in the room the furniture is going into.  You will be amazed how different color looks according to what is around it.”

Miss Mustard Seed wrote a book titled “The Home Design Doodle Book” that may help you with this process.

Miss Mustard Seed designed this book to be a place to journal, dream, doodle, and plan. It’s a notebook to store ideas, lists, and goals. More importantly, it’s a conversation between you and Miss Mustard Seed to help you organize your thoughts and hopes for your home.

But enough about the Doodle Book!  Let’s get back to Tracey and Claremont Studio!  Tracey decided to carry Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in her community of Aberdeen because she’s been painting furniture for a very long time and probably worked with every type of paint on the market, but was never really happy.  She was looking for a paint range to retail from her gallery that would complement her artwork and painted furniture.

She tested the MMS Milk Paint range and knew that she had found what she was looking for.  As an artist, Tracey is interested in natural pigment and the MMS Milk Paint ticked a lot of boxes for her.  It’s natural, contains no “nasties”, has a wonderful choice of authentic colors, goes on smoothly and is easy to use.  Tracey loves the ceremony of mixing the paint and the fact you can mix a small or large amount depending on the size of your project.

Tracey also loves the versatility of MMS Milk Paint.  It can be used to stain natural wood, create a contemporary smooth and sleek look or re-create an authentic crackled ‘chippy’ look to make you believe that the furniture has history.  She loves the choice of finishes too!  Antiquing, white-washing or clear wax can be used and the accompanying products are lovely and creamy.  A little goes a long way.  All in all, she’s a huge fan and really thinks that MMSMP is the only paint on the market that can do everything she mentioned above.  Tracey has used the word ‘authentic’ a lot but she truly feels Milk Paint really is authentic!

If you want to learn more about Tracey’s artwork and Claremont Studio, you can follow her on social media and shop her online store via the links below:

You can also see Tracey’s work in person at any of these upcoming events if you’re in the Aberdeen area!

  • Tracey’s paintings can be seen at The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, Scotland at the RSA Open Exhibition of Art 2017 from July 22 – October 1.  Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm.  RSA Lower Galleries.  Free Entry.
  • Botanica’ Pop-up Shop, 8 Chattan Place, Aberdeen, Scotland. 3 – 14 August 2017. A collection of Tracey’s Illustrations, Prints, Handmade Books, Scented Candles and Bath Products will be for sale.
  • Art & Apothecary – A Collection of Tracey’s Paintings and Scented Candles will be stocked and for sale from August at Hammerton Store, 336 Great Western Road, Aberdeen, Scotland, AB10 6LX  Tel 01224 324449 info@hammertonstore.co.uk. Opening Times, Mon to Fri 8am – 6pm, Sat 8.30am – 5pm, Sun Closed.

MMSMP Products of the Month – Look Books

Who doesn’t enjoy flipping through magazines filled with pretty pictures of clothing, homes, far away places or delicious food?  How many of you scroll through the thousands of images on Pinterest for ideas and inspiration for your homes?

If you find yourself in that camp, then you’re going to fall in love with our featured Products of the Month of July!

These are our two Miss Mustard Seed’s Look Books and the term “book” doesn’t really describe what they are.  They’re more of a hybrid between a magazine filled with gorgeous photos, a book filled with valuable information and tutorials, and a conversation between the reader and Marian (aka Miss Mustard Seed).  They’re more of a “bookazineversation”, if you will.

Let’s dive into each Look Book and help you discern which one is the perfect fit for where you are in your Milk Paint journey, shall we?

Look Book One was designed for folks who are brand new or just starting to experiment with Milk Paint.  If you’ve never heard of Milk Paint and have no idea what makes it different from other paints on the market, you definitely would enjoy Look Book One!  It’s filled with answers to frequently asked questions, easy to follow tutorials, and takes you through the descriptions and features of each of the core MMSMP colors.

Look Book One is as close as you can get to having a workshop in book form!  It’s packed with super helpful tips from our talented retailers too, so you can get the inside scoop on all things MMS Milk Paint!

Look Book Two has a much different feel.  It was a collaborative effort between Heidi (Marian’s Online Executive Assistant), Kriste of Rosemary and Thyme, and Marian.  As a matter of fact, Kriste is on the inside cover and has a special letter written from her to you.  (But you’ll have to get yourself a copy to read it!)

Look Book Two is a celebration of the European collection of colors in the MMS Milk Paint Line.  They include Arabesque, Bergere, Layla’s Mint, Marzipan and Schloss. 

It also includes more advanced techniques and tutorials such as mixing custom wax colors and using heat sources to crackle Milk Paint.

There are inspirational photos from all over Europe showing where Marian got the ideas for her European line of colors.  Plus, who doesn’t enjoy looking at gorgeous scenery and incredible architecture from days gone by?

The front cover has a great story behind it as well.  Kriste brought in a picture from an Antropologie catalog where a model had open palms releasing a color powdered.  She asked Marian if they could try doing that with Milk Paint.

It took a lot of takes and the ladies threw a LOT of paint, but fortunately, they had a talented and willing photographer (Brianna Wilbur) and an abandoned mill across from Marian’s studio that wouldn’t be bothered by some powdered paint in the grass.  There was a lot of laughing and a lot of “one-two-three-go!”

So whether you’re just beginning your journey with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint or you’re a seasoned pro, we know you’re going to love our Look Books!  They’re a fabulous addition to have in your Milk Paint collection.  They make excellent gifts for the DIY’er in your life, and they’re fabulous resources for ideas and inspiration.

You can purchase Look Books from our brick-and-mortar retailers, our online retailers, or on Amazon.  Make sure you check with your local retailer to see if they have our Look Books in stock before you take a drive.  They’re aren’t required to have on hand, so some retailers may not have them available.  You can order from Amazon in that case!