Instead of not leaving any stone unturned, my motto in life these days is not to leave any surface un – decoupaged. Once you start, you just cannot NOT do it.
Allow me to share with you my latest addiction, my friends! A small tutorial on how a plain ol’tray was given a royal makeover!
And before you say it is too complicated, let me share a secret with you – you can easily do it too! So, go on, give it the old school try!
Here is what I did:
1. I started with a basic MDF tray from Craftslane which is already all ready to paint. I began with a flat brush and acrylic paint. For this project I used Cerulean Blue from Liqutex – Basics.
2. A nice thick coat on all sides.
3. Next, I distressed the edges of the tray using the color – Permanent Rose from Camlin, with a flat brush.
The trick is to use a dry flat hog hair brush to get the best distressed look.
5. I added a few random strokes on the back and sides of the tray to add some extra drama.
6. In the next step I applied an even coat of Acrylic Medium from Camlin to the tray, which essentially acts like glue. You can get the same effect using Mod Podge or even Fevicol + water.
7. Now came the fun part, I carefully pasted the pattern paper on to the tray. While performing this step always remember to smooth out the paper from the center and avoid any air bubbles. The paper I used is from the Craftslane’s Royal Rajasthan series. They are 12×12” and were a fit perfect fit for the tray I was using.
At this point, a lovely deoupaged tray is ready! Really, you can varnish it now and start using it. But, I wanted to try something else so I trudged along 😀 .
8. Next I went a little stamp happy! I used – Ranger’s Archival Ink from Simon Says Stamp, French Script Rubber Stamp from Darkroom Door, Upper Deck Clear Stamp from Inkadinkado and went on a little stamp stomping spree!
9. Finally, I added a few light coats of Acrylic Pearl Colors to add an extra dose of drama! I used Yellow, Green, Blue and a bit of Silver.
The trick to this step is to gradually add multiple layers to make it interesting. Use a round brush, load it up with paint and lots of water. Repeat as many times as required.
10. Now comes the hardest part! Leave it alone for some time and let it dry well. Once it is dry, add waterproof varnish to finish it off.
Hope you guys found this little tutorial helpful! Happy Crafting fellow Housedelics!
P.S. — the 100th Post Giveaway is still open and accepting entries, so if you haven’t submitted your pretty pictures yet, go get to it guys 😀 !
A kind contribution from Divya Thallap for Housedelic.