I love a hack as much as the next person. And this one is a real winner. But don't be fooled - I did NOT paint these amazing Birch Trees.
Though all my guests and visitors assume I did!
Time: 1 HoursCost: $20Difficulty: Easy
This actual canvas came from the Thrift Store. It was huge and had an ugly print on it, so I painted out the pattern with Off White Paint (Champlain from Fusion Mineral Paint). SUPPLIES:An Art Canvas or Wooden BoardGood Quality Acryllic Paint in a light colour. I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw SilkDecoupage Gel. I used Fusion Mineral Paint Decoupage & Transfer GelNapkins. I used Birch Tree print, but you can use any you happen to like.Gold / Silver / Copper Leaf. Available on Amazon or from Craft Stores.Paint Texturizing Powder. I used Fresco from Fusion Mineral Paint.
Mix your Paint Texturising Powder with your paint. I used Fresco from Fusion, and added enough powder to create a lumpy, cottage cheese consistency. I applied the Mixture to the canvas in a random fashion. I wanted lumps, bumps, peaks and troughs. I placed the canvas outside in the sun to dry .
Once the paint mixture was dry, I moved on to my Decoupage. Remember, to separate the layers of tissue! You want to work with the top layer - the one with the print on it.Having laid them out in a random pattern, I took my decoupage gel and painted it directly onto the canvas.
Each time I have recorded a video on How to Paint Like a Pro with this behind me there have been a dozen questions about it!
Once the decoupage is dry take your Gold / Silver / Copper Leaf and get ready to apply. Use the Gilding Adhesive or Leaf Size (a fancy name for glue!). I used the Martha Stewart brand which I got from the craft store, but there are many out there! These ones are from Annie Sloane Chalk paint
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