powder and paint

September 24, 2014  in interior styling

Cooking Up Colour by Sania Pell and Beth Evans

Earlier in the year I worked with Beth Evans on this colour story. I had been styling a lot of food and tabletop shoots and this influenced the story and led to using Nature Paint‘s powdered paint products. The act of mixing the paint became similar to cooking and baking. We decided to make the story pale and neutral – the soft colours of pastel confectionary, sugared almonds, pale pinks sitting next to tangerine and aubergine. Soft whites like meringue, whipped from powder into paint. I made little dishes, bowls and discs from air-drying clay that I could paint in the pale tones and food was used to prop the story and create an ambiguity between the processes.

We created a short Issuu publication to show the images. Please click to view it full screen.

We hope you enjoy it.

Thank you to Nature Paint for providing the paint for this story. Find out more about their ethos and colour range on the Nature Paint website.

To see more of Beth Evan’s work please click here.


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  1. Hi Sania

    I have been a follower of your work for some time and love what you do, so I was delighted to see you writing about Nature Paint. We have just opened a shop this summer in Porthleven, Cornwall and I was very keen to stock Nature Paint, my experiments with it have been mainly furniture based and all very successful it is a lush product and a local company to. We have lots of photos if you would like to see them, I have sent you a f.b. link above or we have a blog – but in truth I am shocking at all pro mo stuff!
    I don’t normally contact people so I hope this is ok.
    Best regards

  2. Lowri says:

    What a great idea-natural paints. I think the context is exactly right as people are taking more care over the products they use in their homes. I can’t wait to visit their site.
    Thank you for the info.

  3. i love the slide no 24 of 26, great work, well done Sania, Such a wonderful idea regarding paints using natural things. i just going to do this, thank you so much for sharing amazing tips.

  4. decor8 Holly says:

    Really lovely Sania. So sad you’ve not blogged since last September. Your life and adventures are so interesting to me and I long for a peak. Much love from us three in Han. xo

  5. Jude says:

    I love the publication. Stunning work!!

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 18 years, and is known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for top architecture practices and property development companies. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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