Dirty Floral Decoupage Tutorial

Dirty Floral Decoupage TutorialHello! I’ve used this finish on a few pieces I’ve done over the past few years and I get a lot of requests for a decoupage tutorial so here it is.

Here are a few pictures of some of the pieces I’ve done it on:

Damsel in DistressPainted LadyWhat you will need:

  1. Tissue paper (I am always on the look out for different tissue paper designs. I have a hoard of it.)
  2. 1GEL a Decoupage, Transfer and Sealing Medium all in one.
  3. Brayer
  4. Soft cloth – I prefer a staining sponge
  5. 150 grit sandpaper
  6. 220 grit sandpaper
  7. Ancient Agings Aging Dust from Heirloom Traditions
  8. Vintiques Antiquing Gel from Heirloom Traditions
  9. Paintbrush
  10. Paint if you prefer to paint the finish before you apply the tissue paper. It’s strictly up to you. I used a coat of Vintiques Chalk Type Paint in the color Barkcloth and a coat of Posh Pink Chalk Type Paint by Heirloom Traditions for this demo. I do this finish on raw wood so the wood grain shows through and also on painted surfaces. It’s a matter of preference depending on what you’re working on.

Dirty Floral Decoupage by Thee Velvet GloveLet’s get started! First I applied a coat of Vintiques Chalk Type Paint in Barkcloth.

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Dirty Floral Decoupage by Thee Velvet GloveThird, I applied a generous coat of 1GEL.

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Dirty Floral Decoupage by Thee Velvet GloveI smoothed it out with a soft cloth and a brayer.

Dirty Floral Decoupage by Thee Velvet GloveI let it dry for about an hour and then I applied a coat of 1GEL on top to seal.

I let the top coat of 1GEL dry and then sanded the excess paper off of the edges with 150 grit sandpaper. I also use this little blue treasure craft distressing tool by Ingvild Bolme I bought from Prima Marketing a few years ago to distress the edges. I love it!

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Dirty Floral Decoupage by Thee Velvet GloveThen I added some Vintiques Antiquing Gel to give it some extra grunge.

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Below are some drawers I did for a piece with the tissue paper over raw wood.

  Want to give it a try? Order the products you need online from Heirloom Traditions.

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Thank you for your support and thanks so much for stopping by! -L

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Thrift Store Folding Chair Makeover with 1GEL.

Hello friends!! I’ve been busy recently cleaning out my garage. It’s been much more of a chore than I expected and the Arizona heat doesn’t help.  When I get in a “get rid of it” mood, nothing is safe. I pulled this chair out (that I bought at a thrift store) and put it in the back of my SUV to take to Deseret Industries aka D.I. I pulled up to D.I. with a load of stuff and took another look at it and ended up bringing it back home.

I came home, blew past the garage mess, grabbed my 1GEL and headed to my paper hoard where I picked out some different designs. Leopard, Floral, Stripes and Polka Dots, cause why not?

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I painted the frame of the chair with one of my go to colors, Mint Julep Chalk Type Paint by Vintiques and then sealed with Vintiques Oxidized Patina Spray Wax. I love the depth the Oxidized Patina adds! To apply the Spray Wax, I shake the bottle really well and pour some out in a bowl then apply it with a brush.

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And then I attached the paper and sealed with 1GEL as shown in the video above.  That’s why they call it 1GEL, it’s a decoupage, sealer and transfer medium all in one. So easy and this chair is so much more fun than before! Click here for a video demonstration on how to use 1GEL.

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I waited for the top coat of 1GEL to dry and distressed the paper with 150 and 220 grit sandpaper then resealed.

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Here is the before and after picture:

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Thank you for stopping by! -L

The Temptress – Bordello Chic meets Wild West Saloon

And now, the epitome of gaudiness – Bordello Chic meets Wild West Saloon, where curvaceous dance hall girls, like Squirrel Tooth Alice, with feathers swishing from the hems of their dresses and heels click-clacking across the floor, entertain fur trappers, miners, soldiers, gamblers and gunslingers amidst games of dice, poker and three-card monte.

Bombastic and not-so-subtle, this desk/vanity and chair set is covered in a parade of colors and patterns, topped off with brilliant gold, distressed and glazed. Desk is finished on all sides so can be placed anywhere in a room.  Not for the faint of heart. It would make a perfect addition to any humdrum room seeking to create a bit of a seductive and seedy feel. Ha! Flutter your double-row lashes, prop your elbow up on the counter, llleeeean way back, grab some dough out of the cookie jar, get over here and load this little jewel up, then ride off into the sunset! Nobody puts baby in the corner. G’wan home now. Show’s over.

Desk Dimensions: 38.5″ Wide x 31″ Tall x 20″ Deep; Chair Dimensions: 39″ Tall x 19″ Wide x 18″ Deep. Seat Height is 18.5″

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And then the Arizona wind blew.

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Viva la Viola – New Orleans Purple Vanity and Chair Set.

Viva la Viola –  Vanity/Desk and Chair Set.

Fashioned in the Memory and Sassy Style of my Sweet Granny, Viola “Vi” Griffin Hawkins –  Born in DeKalb, TX on April 7, 1926.  She will forever be remembered in my mind as my Disco Ball Granny, because of her wonderfully sparkly wardrobe and equally sparkly personality.  When I was little I loved to sit in her closet and stare at her scarves, pocketbooks and shoes.  She had everything from glittery gold and silver house slippers to bright orange and green metallic slingback heels.

“She would always say ‘the rain went down the river’ (when it looked like it would come a down pour but didn’t rain or it was predicted to rain but didn’t).  Her favorite color was purple, but she loved any bright colors and it showed in what she wore. Even her costume jewelry was bold and bright. Granny loved to dress up.  She had that WOW factor!!  She loved watching The Gaithers on TV.  Her favorite Gospel songs were ‘The Old Rugged Cross’, ‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘Amazing Grace’.  She loved hanging out with ‘The Girls’. These were a group of ladies (Eva, Thelma, Evelyn, Joyce, Bobbie) she went to church with and they often attended church sponsored events together, shopped together, and had get-togethers at each others homes, ate and played Nines, Spoons and other games. She loved playing Yahtzee, Wahoo, Canasta.   The most memorable thing about Granny was her upbeat attitude and smile, especially at the end of her life. She showed stamina, strength, and resolve in the face of blindness, heart trouble, kidney cancer, and pain.” -Rona Hawkins Grider.

Kidney Shaped Vanity/Desk and Chair have been painted in eye-catching CeCe Caldwell’s New Orleans Purple, Glazed in a Deep Whiskey Hue, Distressed and Waxed.  Appliques in Gilded Gold.   Chair cushion has been recovered in a patterned gold velvet  fabric.  Dimensions: 37.5″ Wide x 29″ Tall x 21″ Deep.

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I will always cherish this picture of my mom, who died on Nicole's birthday...May 11, 2009

April 7, 1926 to May 11, 2009

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Grandpa Hawkins

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Granny and my Daddy

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Thank you Aunt Rona for helping me with Granny’s history. 🙂

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My Aunt Rona, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. 🙂

Life Legacy – Obituary

Viola Hawkins, 83, of Hooks, TX, died Monday, May 11, 2009, in a local hospital. She was born April 7, 1926, in DeKalb, TX. She was retired from Red River Army Depot and was a member of First Baptist Church, Hooks. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Hawkins and a granddaughter, Lisa Hawkins. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Bonnie Hawkins of Ashdown, AR; one daughter and son-in-law, Rona and Jerry Grider of Wake Village, TX; three grandchildren, Nicole Hon and her husband, David, of Texarkana, AR, Kelly Hudson of Little Rock, AR, and Lori Preece of Vernal, UT; three great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held 2 pm Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Chapelwood Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roy Ford officiating. Burial will be in Chapelwood Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Hooks, Building Fund.

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Damsel in Distress – 5 Drawer Chest

Damsel in Distress ~ 5 Drawer Chest. This piece is a bit wild & rowdy but charming and full of panache. Painted in an parade of colors including turquoise, mustard seed yellow, white and a of couple others, then heavily distressed.  Fronts of drawers are vivid and feminine. Chippy harlequin pattern on each side using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Mustard Seed Yellow.

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(Wood Lovers Look Away) – Before and After

 I received an email from Marian aka “Miss Mustard Seed” letting me know she added my Damsel in Distress to her Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Website – Inspiration page. Thank you, Marian. Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint is one of my favorite paints to use.
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Calamity Jane Collection ~ Distressed Pink Bedroom Set

Calamity Jane Bedroom Set ~ Distressed Pink Sleigh Bed Twin Size Head-board and Foot-board, Tallboy Chest of 5 Drawers and a 2 Drawer Nightstand. All pieces have been painted in Pink then Grunged-Up and Antiqued with a Homespun Deep Whiskey Hue Glaze and Distressed just like American Frontierswoman Calamity Jane. Heavy Glass Knobs and Antique Glazed Gold Drawer Pulls. Headboard is striped in pink and off-white and embellished with  Shabby Chic Cabbage Roses.  Bottom drawer of Tallboy is covered in an artistic shabby rose print. Pieces have been hand waxed and buffed to a Satin Sheen for a Durable Finish.

“I figure if a girl wants to be a legend she should just go ahead and be one.” -Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane worked as a cook, a nurse, a miner and an ox-team driver, all the while acquiring impressive riding and shooting skills. In her 1896 autobiography she says, “I was at all times with the men when there was excitement and adventures to be had. By the time we reached Virginia City, I was considered a remarkable good shot and a fearless rider for a girl of my age.” Her rough-riding, gun-slinging reputation is probably the reason she acquired the nickname Calamity Jane. One popular belief is that men were said to be “courting calamity” if they offended her.

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BEFORE & AFTER – Calamity Jane Head and Foot board.

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BEFORE & AFTER – Calamity Jane Tallboy Chest of Drawers

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Calamity Jane – Distressed Pink Tallboy Chest of Drawers

Calamity Jane ~ Distressed Pink Tallboy Chest of Drawers. This Soulful & Sassy 5 Drawer Chest is part Hollywood part Honkeytonk. Tallboy Chest of Drawers has been painted in Pink then Grunged-Up and Antiqued with a Homespun Deep Whiskey Hue Glaze and Distressed just like American Frontierswoman Calamity Jane. Heavy Glass Knobs and Antique Glazed Gold Drawer Pulls. Bottom drawer is covered in an artistic shabby rose print. Piece has been hand waxed and buffed to a Gorgeous Satin Sheen for a Durable Finish. Dimensions: 46″ Tall x 34″ Wide x 16″ Deep

“I figure if a girl wants to be a legend she should just go ahead and be one.” -Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane worked as a cook, a nurse, a miner and an ox-team driver, all the while acquiring impressive riding and shooting skills. In her 1896 autobiography she says, “I was at all times with the men when there was excitement and adventures to be had. By the time we reached Virginia City, I was considered a remarkable good shot and a fearless rider for a girl of my age.” Her rough-riding, gun-slinging reputation is probably the reason she acquired the nickname Calamity Jane. One popular belief is that men were said to be “courting calamity” if they offended her.

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Before and After

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