Friday, June 21, 2013

The Great Paint Debate

Can I be candid here?

This past week, my newsfeed has been consumed with the great C Paint debate.  Yep, I am now scared to say the "C" word.  I can't lose my social media outreach avenues for my small business.  That would be the end of Coastal Star as I know it.

Fortunately for me, half of my followers don't even know what C Paint is.  Or that there are small businesses, coming to a sudden halt because their social media was shut down by a larger similar company.

I am still a newcomer myself, and no I don't know the facts, but as I understand it Annie Sloan Chalk Paint company based in the UK has trademarked the words "Chalk Paint", and in doing so this term has been banned for use by other companies.  Following now?  The worst part... AS has shut down many small business' Facebook pages just this week, because they use this terminology to describe their products.  And for those not following the great C Paint debate, ASCP is one if not THE highest rated, most sought after paints and is probably (I don't have facts here just observations) the biggest C Paint company there is, period.

I have tried ASCP, I have tried Maison Blanche, CeCe Caldwell, Webster's... and I have made my own.  I use "chalk" paint, latex paint, acrylics and do not limit myself to a certain look or color.  I want the flexibility to do what I want and "go" with what I envision for the piece I am working on... This said, all the paints worked wonderfully, I love them all.  I love what I do.  I love this business I am building, and I love the people I have met so far on my journey.  I had an online conversation just yesterday that continued building my enthusiasm for my artistry.

What I don't like is the burst of negativity that was thrown into my sweet little furniture painting world.  The negativity that frankly seems to be seeded from greed.

Proverbs 28:25 

A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.

And the dissension has been stirred.  I am trusting that these victimized business owners get their pages back.  I hope they are trusting too.  I don't know what the best answer is, but know that I am praying for quick, fair resolution for all.

When we put our trust in HIM, this is when we don't fail.  

And we can ALL get back to doing what we love.