Welcome Crafty Friends!
You all know my love for decoupage, I have shared some of my recent work in the posts here, here & here.
I am hoarding a couple of items I picked for decoupage from my trips to Bali & the famous Chatuchak market, Bangkok.
One such was this book box -
Briefly here is how I worked on the box -
1. Unscrew all hinges & locks on the box.
2. Lightly sand the decoupage base to smoothen the surface.
3. Apply a coat of Black Gesso & let dry. Sand the primed surface.
4. Next paint only the edges of the box & sides (which will not be decoupaged, in this case the inner sides of the box). Once dry, sand again to get a smooth finish.
5. Select coordinating patterns from the paper stack (I used Antiquities Paper Pack) & trim to the required size.
6. Glue the papers on the box using Itsy Bitsy Decoupage Glue, one side at a time & let dry. Take your time & press the paper gently using a sponge, avoiding air bubbles. Seal with another layer of Decoupage Glue over the paper.
7. I wanted to give a metallic finish to the box so as to coordinate it with the gorgeous colors of the paper I chose. For this I buffed Mont Marte Metallic copper on the edges of the box.
8. Apply 2-3 coats of Itsy Bitsy Decoupage Glue to varnish the box. Sand between two coats for a smooth finish & let dry between each coat.
9. Assemble the box by screwing back the hinges/locks etc. & you are done!
Another book box I made for a dear friend, who is a 'no flowers' girl! These papers by Tim Holtz were perfect to give the book box a makeover.
Thank you so much for visiting & taking the time to comment on my blog. I love to hear from you & truly appreciate your feedback. Have a crafty day!