Hope you enjoy the post(s) today
A bit of pretty.....some vintage finds and (hopefully) a couple of ideas for you.
This old hatbox was found at the opshop last week and although it's pretty rose print is great, l really DIDN'T love it's dull old paper brown colour... Since it cost next to nothing l figured l'd try an experimental paint job on it.The result worked out ok, so just in case you come across one too, here's what l did:-))
l used blue acrylic paint which was watered down (about 70% paint, 30% water). This was then brushed over the box in sections and rubbed back with a dry cloth, the process should be done quickly to stop the cardboard from getting too wet which can cause bubbling. Rubbing the paint back has given it colour, but still allows the pattern to shine through....it also distributes the paint evenly across the surface. The brown coming through gives the box more of a green look.
This well worn tablecloth has been so intricately embroidered by hand that l didn't want to put it on the table and spill something on it (and believe me l soo WOULD), but also didn't want to hide it away in the cupboard.....it might hang on the wall for a while:-))
The book covers were also painted in the same blue as the hatbox (full strength paint)....The spine was rubbed back to allow the title to show through.
A washy watercolour sketch.....same bottles, different flowers.
LOVE this room..... too cute things.
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY.
To my American blog-gals..... l couldn't let your special day just cruise by without a bit of nod. Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday:-))
Ages ago l borrowed a book from the library on vintage tattoos....Many of the images in the book were from the war years and being that tattoos were largely the domain of men, lots of these images were of women. l painted a collection of my faves in watercolour. These "old school" tattoos were done in solid colours with bold black outlines and very little shading. They certainly weren't the
works of art we see today.... but to me have a lot of charm in their own way.
I was reading that in America in 2012.... for the first time in history, the number of tattooed women exceeded the number of tattooed men. 23% of women to 19% of men. (ta wiki).
Have also added some of my vintage plastic collection. Laminated bangles, lips brooch, spangled star necklace and anchor charm.
Shown with vintage American flag levis from the 80's.
War time embroidery........Rachel Ashwell via instagram.
My inspiration pic. drewmaurylifestyle. via pinterest.
Wishing you all a wonderful week, the kids are all on holidays again so take it easy and stay safe:-)) and thanks so much for stopping by.
Til next time.