Saturday, October 5, 2013

Hand Painted Roses using DecoArt Americana on a Chalk Paint Basecoat

I don't really like using chalk paint - the reason being that I painted a large Laura Ashley table and 2 lamp tables with it. I used the finishing wax and didn't like the result. It looked streaky, but not in a way that I liked (I like to control my streaks) lol. 

........but, being an obstinate crafter, I thought I would give it another try on this lovely tray I bought in TK Maxx (aka TJ Maxx across the pond)

I transferred the script using an image I sourced at the Graphics Fairy  and transferred it using the freezer paper method (there is a tutorial on here if you use the search list on the left of the screen)

I then used DecoArt Americana paints to paint the roses and leaves. I was surprised at how well the acrylic paint went on to the chalk with literally no dragging. I always touch up my painting at the end to remove any parts I don't like and the chalk paint covered them well.

I didn't use a pattern as I always design projects as I go along 

Finally I used 3 coats of DecoArt Spray Varnish

......and a handy tip - I wanted to transfer the script by rubbing with a brayer on the freezer paper. I don't have a brayer so I used one of my roller clothes thingys and just rubbed talcum powder over it to combat the stickiness. It worked a treat

Happy Painting



  1. Hello Gill,
    I have hopped over from last weeks Tea Cup Tuesday to see your tatted teapots. I think I found the post you meant and commented there. You have such a fun blog with all kinds of great projects! I love what you have done with the tray here. You did a beautiful job sprucing it up!

  2. Love your tray transformation, absolutely stunning roses and love how you've used the GF image.


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