This girl has some fantastic tips on how to use Annie Sloan paint for beginners. She mentions to water down the paint just a little bit to make it easier to work with and last longer. Plus, why she likes this brand vs. others.
Follow the page down to the bottom - gives instructions on how to fire oven-safe ceramic & glassware in your oven, so you can draw on them with Sharpies then bake to make it permanent and dishwasher safe. Cool! - G