I am making the majority of my Christmas presents this year. A lot of my gifts will feature the art of decoupage, which is lots of FUN to do.
My post Decoupage Days shares techniques and tips on transforming bird boxes, chairs and shoes. In this post I will share how to create beautiful Nature Stones.
You will need the following:
- An assortment of stones
- Primer for chalk paint
- Small pots of chalk paint in assorted colours
- Decoupage adhesive
- Assorted paper napkins
- Clear water based varnish – I prefer a gloss finish
- A flat brush
Using your flat brush, paint your chosen stones with chalk primer. This will give you a smoother finish. Try to keep a nice straight edge – a steady hand is useful.
Remove the top layer of your napkin, and discard the remainder.
Tear around your chosen design, and check that it fits your stone.
The little birds napkin has a pale duck egg background. I painted over the primer with two coats of a matching chalk paint, then allowed it to dry thoroughly.
If your napkin has a white background use white chalk paint.
If it has a cream background use cream paint…
Using your flat brush paste over the top of your chosen design, smoothing out towards the edges.
Allow to dry.
Finally, add two layers of clear varnish to ensure durability. These Nature Stones will survive the elements in your garden.
They will also be happy inside your front door – to welcome visitors, on a windowsill, your desk as a paperweight…
Here are some of my other stone friends:
I used white chalk paint for the top group of butterflies and poppies, and cream paint for the fuschias and other poppies.
If you use the same colour of chalk paint as your napkin, your stones will look like you painted them by hand.
Brigid P. Gallagher
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