This stool was just begging me to rescue it from a kerbside clean up.
And even with just a small embellishment, it has found a new home on my porch.
Steps to its New look:
1. First a coat of Forest Green acrylic Gouache (artists quality pigments, but that is only my personal choice) House paint sample pots is fine.
2. A good sand with 600 grade sandpaper and then a second coat of paint is mandatory.
3. Draw a guideline of a central circle with chalk and then position the petals symmetrically around the circle.
4. Thin down a little warm white acrylic paint, (warm white is white with a touch of yellow added to take the “blue-ness” out of the white colour).
5. Paint daisies or flowers of 6 -7 petals, with a paint brush, or, if a paint brush is not readily available, use your finger tip, (like the original peasant folk artists did).
I used a round brush # 4 with thick paint for texture. Smaller daisy petals can be painted with a Q – tip or cotton bud.
You could paint the daisies in a line, or in clusters, for something different. Tip: Clusters of odd numbers of flowers, look better than even numbers…why, I don’t know.
6. I painted the centre of the flower scarlet red with another dollop of paint, and a final flourish stroke/dot between the flowers for interest.
7. When the paint is dry, rub off the chalk lines.
8. Varnish if you wish, with water based varnish. ( Oil based varnishes tend to yellow as they age, but if you want this look, then oil based is ok too)
With some 600 grade sandpaper, lightly sand off a little of the forest green paint at the corners to reveal the original undercoat. A nice shabby chic look.
Ponder about something that needs a makeover.
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