The Graphics Fairy led me to the tutorial for this amazing technique HERE at Distressed Decor and I just had to try it. This was my first attempt and I will be incorporating this into more projects for sure.
I had this wooden bowl in my stash and thought it would make an interesting "nest" with the help of the Graphics Fairy image.
First, I painted just the inside and edges of the bowl Wedgewood Green (all paint colors listed are Delta acrylic).
Next, I dry brushed on Burnt Umber and Raw Linen for a nice distressed look.
Using an old toothbrush and slightly watered down Raw Linen, I added some speckling by raking my thumb along the bristles so that the paint flies off the brush in small droplets. This is messy, make sure to set your piece in a cardboard box to prevent over spray. (I do it in my laundry tub, then just rinse the paint away.)
After the paint was completely dry, I followed the tutorial for applying the image with Mod Podge.
Once the image was transferred and the paper removed, I applied four additional coats of Mod Podge to the inside of the bowl. Because I used a concave bowl, my image wrinkled a bit, so I used the several layers of Mod Podge to fill in and create a smooth finish.
I wanted the outside of the bowl to keep its natural wood grain, so I just rubbed on black antiquing gel as a stain and used the Mod Podge as a sealer.
Isn't it cute? I'm going to use it on my bedroom dresser to hold my watch and other trinkets. Have fun creating with this great technique...the possibilities are endless!