Vintage Casket

The art of decoupage became popular in the 18th-19th centuries, when this type of art became popular in Europe. This technique, the name of which in French means “cut”, is to transfer the image to wooden products, leather, metal, fabric and furniture. Working in the technique of "decoupage", you can create original and very beautiful furnishings, designed in the spirit of the 20-30s of the twentieth century with the characteristic "scuffs" of time. You can create such vintage box with your own hands, using the tips of this master class.
You will need:
For work will be required

- wooden box (such boxes can be purchased in the department of goods for needlework and scrapbooking);
- acrylic art paints. The work will require several colors: dark brown to create a basic shade, white for primer and golden metallic for decorating the finished product;
- napkins with a pattern. To decorate the box, you can choose any motif, but it is the “vintage” style that involves using delicate flowers and compositions, floral patterns, sentimental scenes and retro portraits;
- special glue for decoupage. Preference is given to water-based decoupage glue, which creates a dense coating and dries quickly;
- synthetic brushes of different sizes. Working in this technique, it is better to give preference to artificial brushes, since natural ones can be strewed and leave villi on the surface of the product;
- A candle that will be used to “age” the box;
- sponge for applying paint;
- sandpaper;
- metal figures, frames, flowers, lace - all this will be used to decorate and decorate the chest.
We turn to the manufacture of vintage chest.
1. At the beginning of work it is necessary to clean all the irregularities on the wooden surface with abrasive paper. Thus, the box will be ready to paint.
mop up all the bumps

2. The first layer is applied brown paint. Acrylic dries quickly enough, so after 30 minutes it can not be applied the following coating: water-based varnish.
brown paint is applied

apply the following coating

water based varnish

dries fast enough

3. After the varnish has dried, all the edges of the box are carefully coated with wax candles. The wax will not allow the coatings to stick together tightly with each other, so that the product can be given the effect of "rubbing" by scraping the paint in the places where the wax is applied.
where wax is applied

4.At the next stage we cover the box with a layer of acrylic white. It is preferable to apply paint with a sponge from a paralon as it will help to avoid stains and an uneven covering. When the light layer is completely dry, it is necessary to clean the edges and corners of the chest with emery paper until a brown tint appears.
a layer of acrylic white

clean edges and corners

5. Now you can start gluing images. Carefully separate the topmost color layer from the napkin and determine how the pictures will be placed on the box. Putting a napkin to the workpiece, start applying glue for decoupage with a wide flat brush, while smoothing the folds that are formed. When the glue dries, fix the result with water-based varnish.
to sticking images

Gently peel off

fix the result with varnish

6. When the varnish is dry, shade the edges and edges of the box with dark brown paint to enhance the effect of "rubbing". After the brown paint has dried, we apply acrylic with metallic gold glitter over it, thanks to which the aged edges of the box will look interesting and natural. Fix a layer of paint varnish for decoupage.
shade edges and edges

paint to enhance the effect

Fix the paint coat with varnish

7. Now proceed to decorating the box: fasten the composition of artificial flowers, metal pendants and any other decorative elements on the lid.
proceed to decorating

The original box made in the decoupage technique is ready!
Original box

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