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Faded Memories

by: ursula wollenberg
February 9, 2017

Faded Memories

“That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” William Shakespeare 

Items needed :

  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Antique
  • Americana DuraClear Varnishes 2oz - DuraClear Ultra Matte Varnish
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Sienna
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Naphthol Red Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Sap Green
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Sienna
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Diarylide Yellow
  • Paper Towels
  • Scissors
  • Jute
  • Used Credit Card
  • Vintage Journal Page
  • Vintage Book Page
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Tracing Paper
  • Graphite Paper
  • Canvas

Instructions :

Generously apply Decou-Page to canvas and to back of journal and book page.

I applied a journal sheet to 3/4 of my surface, vintage book page to the remainder. Apply to canvas and gently smooth out with used credit card to diminish bubbles.

Finish by brushing Decou-Page onto sides and corners of the adhered papers. Brush on a light coat of Titan Buff to each side and wipe off excess with paper towel. Giving the page an aged appearance.

Allow to dry and apply pattern with tracing and graphite papers. 

Begin by washing yellow and sap green into rose and leaves. 

Begin by shading dark areas in with Raw Sienna. Strengthen darkest areas by shading in Burnt Sienna. Add a few washes of Naphthol Red Light to brighten. Highlight with a brush mix of Yellow and Titanium White. Strengthen highlights with Titanium White. Work back and for the until satisfied. 

Tint a small amount of Burnt Sienna into each leaf. Giving them an aged appearance. Once dry, Apply Sap Green to darkest areas. Lightly add veins and define edges with Sap Green.

Highlight with a brush mix of Yellow and Titanium White. Darken stem with Raw Umber wash. Line and add tiny thorns with same. Add a few Burnt Sienna highlights. 

Add a light shadow underneath main design with a brush mix of Titan Buff and Raw Umber. While moist, gently take a dry brush and soften shadowed areas.

Splatter Burnt Sienna into the background.

When dry, antique edges with Burnt Umber. Wipe off excess with paper towel.

Varnish with DuraClear Matte Varnish.

Wrap canvas with jute and display! 

Thank You! Enjoy the memories! Ursula 

Be sure to visit Light Lovely Designs by Ursula for more projects and to learn more about ursula wollenberg.


Now THIS is the epitome of 'romance' to me - vintage paper with script and a single rose. This is the type of rose that last forever and your painting takes my breath away it's so GENTLY GORGEOUS Ursula. And for me - the jute adds that touch of rustic that is perfection! I so admire your great talent. Xj.


February 10, 2017

Oh this is soooo gorgeous Ursula, wonderfully vintage shabby xxx


February 10, 2017

This is sublime, what a beautiful piece you've created! I will definitely give this a try! Thanks so,much for sharing Ursula! You are magicalđź’›


February 15, 2017

Ursula, this is just stunning!

Jackie Neal

February 17, 2017

This is exquisite and sheer perfection that is also full of vintage romance, thank you so much for sharing your steps too x

Karen P

February 22, 2017

What e beautiful piece, is the way that I like, idol for me xx from Chile


April 19, 2017

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