These are the four surfaces I will be working on today. I have laid the rulers in place to make it easy to see the dimensions.
I am going to prepare the backs of the warmer mats first. I will use a flat brush and Sap Green Acrylic Paint to paint the backs (undersides).
Leave the under sides to dry before continuing on top.
I will paint the top with the same flat brush and VanDaniQue Tuscany Chalk Paint.
Leave this first initial layer to dry completely before you continue.
I will now paint a second layer of chalk paint. This time I use English Rose.
Leave this layer to dry.
I now use a number 2 round brush and Dark Pewter to paint the sides of the warmer mats.
Once the top side is dry, I turn the warmer mats over once more to sign my name at the bottom in Dark Pewter with a Rigger/Liner brush.
It is time to distress the paint. I will use 200 sanding paper.
Sand the mat down until you are satisfied with the level of distressing achieved.
I always prefer to seal my background once I am satisfied with it. I now add a layer of varnish. The varnish is also water-soluble and will dry quickly.
Let the varnish dry completely.
I now select a 12" x 12" sheet of printed paper to punch flowers from. I will not cut out the flowers. Instead, I choose to make my own flowers using a series of punshes I have.
I test the layout of the punched out designs before I fix them with decoupage.
This time I will use Modge Podge for the decoupagem, but you can use Acrylic Gel Medium with equal success.
Paint a generous layer of Modge Podge on the surface.
Lay the punshed out designs on the wet Modge Podge and rub out any trapped bubbles.
Paint a second layer of Modge Podge generously over the designs and the warmer mats. Allow it to dry completely.
I now use a very fine sanding block to distress the decoupaged flowers with.
I wil use Tim Holtz Destress Ink in Walnut Stain to distress the picture even further.
I make sure that the sides are properly inked as this is where real distress will be most visible.
I then very gently smear the ink pad over the surface of the warmer mat. I did the same thing on the back as well for uniformity sake.
The end result has yesteryear's charm.
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