Hello friends and creative girls from all over the world!
I'm back with a little makeover (with a big title) that you might want to have a read about,It's not too tricky to do and it looks beautiful when finished.
Today i am going to show you how i decoupaged and aged an old pine writing box using beautiful images by the very talented artist Christie Repasy...
Here is a picture below of how Christie's Farmhouse Labels looked when i had finished....
First things first here is a link to Christie Repasy you will find the packs of 'French Farmhouse Labels' under 'Stationery and Jewelry'
The labels are of beautiful good quality and Christie's art is breath taking,i was so excited when these arrived in the postbox.
You can use scissors to cut these out....I used a very sharp craft knife which i took great care using as it is extremely sharp.
I ran all around the edge bringing out all the details.
Once i had finished cutting out all my French Farmhouse Labels i ran a brown colored pencil all around the edges...This stops you having white edges showing when your piece is all finished and makes everything blend together better.
My old pine box was painted using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antoinette for the top..The bottom was painted in Versailles and dry brushed over with Old White.
The inside in Versailles and Old White....I will be using the old pine box to store my garden seeds and rose labels...
I used a vintage postcard for my center piece...You can find these on Ebay and Etsy.
I painted a shape the same as the postcard in Annie Sloan Decoupage...
Popped my postcard on top and pressed down gently with a damp cloth...
I arranged my French Farmhouse Labels all around and when i was happy with how it all looked i stuck them down in the same way as the postcard.
I then sanded and chipped the edges here and there to create a distressed and aged appearance.
I then painted over the surface with the Annie Sloan Decoupage and left to dry.
When applying the Decoupage brush it smooth until you have no lines,mine is thick below to show you how it goes on like pva glue so there will be no shocks if you are using it for the first time...It will dry clear.
I painted layer over layer until the postcard and French Farmhouse Labels blended into the lid of the old pine box.....It looks almost as if they are under or in glass.
The amount you use will depend on the thickness of the picture you are decoupaging,Annie Sloan Decoupage does go a long way.
I measured and marked for a pink glass handle to be added to the lid....The pretty French Farmhouse Labels titled 'Pretty Posies' Sweet Peas' 'Roses' All things i will be growing in our cottage garden.
I then used Annie Sloan Craqueleur all over the old pine box.
..I wrote a tutorial on how to use Annie Sloan Craqueleur Here if you have not used it before and would like to know how,you will also find my aging technique there too.
After the Craqueleur and dark wax Christie's beautiful French Farmhouse Labels looked a hundred years old and i know Christie Repasy loves the era called Belle Epoque meaning 'Beautiful Era' in French so i don't think she would mind my aging technique...I think Christie and her art work come from Belle Epoque....She is not just a beautiful painter she is a beautiful person too and i know many agree.
Really isn't Christie's art stunningly beautiful? I have looked at paintings and artwork for hours online but as soon as i saw Christie's work i knew she was the Artist for me,Her paintings are so dreamy and soft,i adore them...I intend to have a picture of Christies in every room at Shingle Cottage...
The dark wax brought out lovely texture in the Antoinette Pink and gave a look of old cracked leather..
Pretty pink glass handle to protect the lid from dirty gardening hands....
Just lovely and crackled and chipped,covered in old roses, i couldn't be happier with how it turned out......
Here it sits on the kitchen table at Shingle Cottage....It looks right at home doesn't it?
I have used Christie's labels on two other projects that i am going to share with you soon and if you would like to order your own French Farmhouse Labels here is the link to Christie Repasy Designs
I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and i hope it inspires you to create a decoupaged piece of your own..
Join me next time for more tales and creative goings on from Shingle Cottage...
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