Now, I knew I wanted to do a hand painted element on this piece, because I was just in the mood for some decorative painting. My design background is in murals and I really find hand painting enjoyable. So, I had to think of something else. So where does a girl go to find painted furniture design inspiration...The Graphics Fairy!
The Graphics Fairy is my go to place for inspiration and let me warn you, like visiting Pinterest, you will get off task. You may head there to look for designs for a furniture piece, but before you know it you will find yourself perusing tutorials on how to transfer beautiful french images onto tea cloths!
Although I am "groupie" for french typography, I wanted to find some sort of flourish pattern to pick up the curves on the legs and bottom of this dresser. I decided to do a spencerian flourish with a bird. I also decided to do the piece all in cream and white shades.
Here's how it all went down.
Below is the dresser basecoated in American Paint Company's Chalk Paint in the color Rushmore, a beautiful earthy stone off white.
After selecting my graphic from the Graphic Fairy, I decided to transfer my image to my dresser using an overhead projector. If you do not have an overhead projector, another great technique I use for transferring large images is using blockposters.com to enlarge pictures. You can find a tutorial on that at the at the Graphics Fairy here.
To trace my images, I used a watercolor pencil. Find them in the artist section of Michael's or your favorite craft store. Choose a color closest to the color you will be painting with, so I used a white pencil. After painting and when dry, you can just wipe away stray marks with a damp cloth.
After you sketch the image up. Gather your painting supplies for the detail work:
acrylic paint (you could use latex or whatever else you are comfortable with but for detail work I usually choose acrylics),
water to dampen brush and clean,
paper towel to dab brush,
paper plate for paint,
wet cloth to fix any mistakes,
Here is how I usually set up my plate to paint. I poured out some white which was my main color, some Vandyke Brown tint I had on hand to add with white for lowlights (or you could use a raw uber or darker brown acrylic) and my brushes.
Because this was more detailed work I used an assortment of smaller sized straight brushes, round and liner brushes and a filbert brush.
I finished the piece with a top coat of American Paint Company's clear wax followed by Miss Mustard Seed's White Wax to give it an overall white wash. (I will be posting a separate tutorial for waxing this piece soon).
Find beauty in your day!