This Thrift Store Hack Will Have You Reaching for the Paint!

6 Materials
$20
1 Hour
Easy

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!
this thrift store hack will have you reaching for the paint
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.
this thrift store hack will have you reaching for the 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 .
this thrift store hack will have you reaching for the paint
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.
this thrift store hack will have you reaching for the paint
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!
this thrift store hack will have you reaching for the paint
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
this thrift store hack will have you reaching for the paint
See my Post on Gilding Pumpkins to see how to apply the Gold leaf!
this thrift store hack will have you reaching for the paint
And you are done! So simple and easy!

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  • <a href="https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Fusion+Mineral+Paint+&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AFusion+Mineral+Paint+&_encoding=UTF8&tag=fionadebellcreator-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=58073e0e5c724c3ae7ce3a438a938dcb&camp=1789&creative=9325" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fusion Mineral Paint Chanplain</a>  (Amazon)
  • <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Shappy-Imitation-Gilding-Crafting-Decoration/dp/B074T9VD5F/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1505921456&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=Gold+and+Silver+Leaf&psc=1&_encoding=UTF8&tag=fionadebellcreator-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=b907439a254ddc3c5478f806f491f43c&camp=1789&creative=9325" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gold and Silver Leaf</a>  (Amazon)
  • <a href="https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Darts-crafts&field-keywords=Decoupage+Gel&_encoding=UTF8&tag=fionadebellcreator-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=4caf3e467652294321c9f7f7d1e46d2e&camp=1789&creative=9325" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Decoupage Gel</a>  (Amazon)
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