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Indian Painted Boho Trunk

Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™

Indian Painted Boho Trunk
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Indian Painted Boho Trunk

designed by Micaela Spiggle

Bring out the bohemian in an old storage trunk with Americana Decor® Chalky Finish.

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SUPPLIES

Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ Paint

  • Cameo (ADC10)
  • Escape (ADC20)
  • Everlasting (ADC01)
  • Heritage (ADC09)
  • Innocence (ADC05)
  • Legacy (ADC21)
  • Rouge (ADC07)

Americana® Decou-Page™

  • Satin Decou-Page (DS114)

DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics

  • Gold (Metallic) (DMFA49)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • scissors (regular and decorative scissors)
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • 2" flat brush
  • 3/4" flat brush
  • decorative paper (of choice; 4 varieties)
  • cosmetic sponge
  • storage trunk (flea market find)
  • stamp of choice
  • circle template
  • image (mandalas; of choice)
  • colored paper

INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Clean the trunk to remove dirt and dust.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Use a 2" flat brush to mix (3) parts Rouge, (2) parts Cameo, and (1) part Innocence. Use the mix to paint the trunk's top. Rinse brush. Use the same brush to mix (2) parts Rouge, (1) part Legacy, and (1/2) part Everlasting. Use the mix to paint for both sides. Rinse brush. Use the same brush with Everlasting to paint the lid sides. Rinse brush. Use the same brush with Escape to paint the front. Rinse brush.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Use a 3/4" flat brush to apply Gold (Metallic) to the edges with the studs. Rinse brush. Use a finger to rub Gold (Metallic) on the raised snake skin. Wash hands.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Pick a set of about four different decorative papers of choice, thick or thin.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Use a pencil and ruler to measure a square/diamond to fit on the lid. (Shown: trunk lid measuring 10" square.) Use decorative scissors to cut paper to make it more interesting.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Repeat on a contrasting color paper but make this one 8 "x 8" with the decorating scissors.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Use a 2" flat brush to apply Americana Satin Decou-Page to the paper, quickly apply it to the trunk top, and use the brush with more Decou-Page to smooth out from the center out.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Use the same brush to apply Decou-Page on a second contrasting decorative paper on the trunk top and brush more Decou-Page on over it.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Print off a mandala of choice. Use regular scissors to cut out this shape. Use the 2" flat brush and Decou-Page to adhere the mandala on top. Rinse brush.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Use a pencil and ruler to measure two other decorative papers to 8" x 8" and 6" x 6"; cut out with decorative scissors.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Use the 2" flat brush to apply Decou-Page to the front of the trunk.
    Step 10 Example
  12. Quickly put the biggest paper down and smooth out from the center outward; apply more Decou-Page on top to seal.
    Step 11 Example
  13. Use the same brush to apply the smaller paper on top with Decou-Page; seal the paper.
    Step 12 Example
  14. Apply the mandala of choice and seal with the Decou-Page. Rinse brush.
    Step 13 Example
  15. Use regular scissors to cut out shapes from decorative paper. (I chose a paper with leaves to cut out.)
    Step 14 Example
  16. Use the 3/4" flat brush and Decou-Page to apply the leaves (or other images) to the corners.
    Step 15 Example
  17. Use the same brush to layer the leaves using three leaves per corner.
    Step 16 Example
  18. Continue on all four corners sides. Rinse brush.
    Step 17 Example
  19. Use the decorative scissors to cut short stripes enough to go around the lid sides.
    Step 18 Example
  20. Use the 3/4" flat brush and Decou-Page to apply the stripes evenly spaced, leaving the Heritage showing in between the stripes. Rinse brush.
    Step 19 Example
  21. Use another color paper to cut out more of the same sized stripes with the decorative scissors.
    Step 20 Example
  22. Use two of those stripes to create a chevron pattern for the lid sides. Use Decou-Page to adhere and seal the chevron. Rinse brush.
    Step 21 Example
  23. Use a pencil on the back of the patterned paper to trace a circle size of choice. (I used a 2-oz. acrylic paint bottle) Make multiple circles; cut out with regular scissors.
    Step 22 Example
  24. Use the decorative scissors to cut long stripes using two different plain colored papers and the decorative papers.
    Step 23 Example
  25. Cut mandalas for the trunk sides in half.
    Step 24 Example
  26. Use a stamp of choice with Gold (Metallic) and a cosmetic sponge to apply patterns over the circles we cut out earlier.
    Step 25 Example
  27. Use the 3/4" flat brush with Decou-Page to adhere the long strips to the sides around the handles. Apply more Decou-Page on top to seal. Rinse brush.
    Step 26 Example
  28. Use the same brush and Decou-Page to adhere the mandala halves to each side and seal on top. Rinse brush.
    Step 27 Example
  29. Cut spiral shapes from decorative paper. (You will need a total of eight.)
    Step 28 Example
  30. Use the 3/4" flat brush and Decou-Page to apply the swirls by the corners.
    Step 29 Example
  31. Use the same brush to apply a second swirl on the corners and add more Decou-Page on top to seal. Rinse brush.
    Step 30 Example
  32. Create your own corner shapes for the front and use Decou-Page to adhere and seal. Rinse brush.
    Step 31 Example
  33. Use Decou-Page to seal the entire piece.
    Step 32 Example