Friday, September 3, 2010

Decoupage Tray



Several weeks ago I was asked to do a blog design for one of the sweetest women I have ever met. Her name is Vonda and she is a very talented artist who has done decorative paint finishes on furniture, walls and accessories all over the world. I was thrilled when I found out she lived right by me, AND she offered classes in furniture refinishing and decoupage right in her home. I signed up immediately and have been enjoying the company of Vonda and several other local women every week.

For the past couple of weeks I have been working on a decoupage tray. One of the other gals had an old antique tray that she had decoupaged with a lovely vase of flowers, and by the time she was finished it was truly a work of art. I had a spot in my living room that I had wanted something about 12 X 24. I had actually looked for a yard long painting, but was unable to find one in the right color scheme.

The tray would be perfect . I went to Hobby Lobby and found a frame that was just the right size. They also have some wonderful hardware so I bought two iron pulls to act as the handles. A couple of screws and they look like they belong together! I cut out a piece of Masonite to fit into the tray and sponge painted it before applying my roses.


I used Redoutes Roses. You can find a book and cd with many of his roses on Amazon.com. The book is published by Dover. I used my computer to back off the saturation a little bit so they would look a little more faded and printed several copies of each rose.

Cutting them out  is a  lot easier if you use an exacto knife for all the detail work. Then I glued everything down and did a wonderful crackle finish that Vonda taught me. I added silver leaf to the frame and antiqued the whole thing.

I love the way it turned out. If you live in the Phoenix area and want to take some of Vonda's classes,  go visit her blog and shoot her an email. She is still very new to blogging and still learning the ropes.
I'm sure she would love to make some new friends.


38 comments:

Liszha said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I want to learn redoing furniture as well. Wish I had a Vonda in my neighbourhood.
Lisette

Lataina said...

So very pretty. It looks wonderful with the rest of that wall. It's all stunning. =)

Halle said...

How beautiful is that!! Great job pulling all those elements together.

Gail said...

How fun it would be to take such a class. Your tray is beautiful.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Karen...

I LOVE decopauge... It's one of my favorite things to do... WHEN I have tons of time. :-) Your tray turned out beautifully.

Warm blessings,
Spencer

oldgreymare said...

Karen,

That is lovely! How great to be able to work on a project with friends.

The tray really did deserve a place of honor.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Suzan

Lee Laurie said...

You tray turned out beautiful. I love the soft colors that you chose.

A Vintage Chic said...

Your tray is just gorgeous, Karen--beautifully done!

Julie

marga said...

Absolutely stunning. I did a lot of decoupage some time ago but when i see this i'm thinking to do it again, love it!

bichonpawz said...

It really came out beautiful!!! How lovely it looks on your wall!! Great job!!

Connie K. said...

karen
You tray is fabulous..
I took classes from Vonda over 30 years ago ..when I was first married..she is wonderful..in all these years,and all the moves I have made..which at this point are countless..the item that always remains constant is the trunk I redid under her guidance..
I lost track of her years ago and I am so happy to reconnect with her again..
Thanks so much...

The English Romantic said...

Hi Karen,
I love your tray it's so pretty and as you know I love white roses.
I'll check out Vondas blog, she sounds a clever lady!
I'm having a 'Giveaway' to launch my new blog. Thanks so much for your help.
Angela.

Barbara Jean said...

Your tray turned out beautifully.

I've been seeing more of your lovely blog designs around, and continue to love your work

blessings

barbara jean

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Karen, how lovely to find a talented blogger friend right in your own backyard. Your decoupage tray turned out so beautifully and blends in perfectly with its surroundings. In fact, it looks like it has been there forever. Fabulous! :) Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

Diane said...

It's beautiful, Karen. Decoupage can be so addictive. Watch out furniture, here comes Karen! ;-)
Hugs, Diane

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Karen,
That is really beautiful. I have a 'thing' for trays. That Hob Lob has some good stuff. I had to zoom on the picture to see the detail & the crackle is so awesome! So is the stain or finish or whatever is on top. Great class, wish I lived near Vonda. Lisa

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

The tray came out so beautiful! I really like the handles too!!

Debbie

Isabel said...

Love that and the way it turned out!!:O) Wish i lived near to take her class:O)

Meri Wiley said...

Hi Karen,

Your tray turned out gorgeous.....great job! Thank you for sharing the info on Vonda. Isn't it great how many talented people there are here in our great state?

Hugs,
Meri

Karen said...

FIrst - I just got my Somerset Studio! CONGRATULATIONS! Love it! I am so excited for you - you DID IT!!!!!!
2nd - love the tray! And love the way you added just one more lovely element to your home.
Perfect!
Have a great weekend!
:) Karen

said...

Lindo lindo demais.
Muito shaby.
Parabéns!

Jan said...

gorgeous and beautiful photography!!

Atelier de Charo said...

So beautiful work, love your tray!

Charlene said...

So pretty. I bet it's nice to work on something that's not painting huge walls! Just left you a comment on WITCHY WOMAN too. LOVE HER! Miss you!!!!
Charlene

Roselle said...

That is stunning! And the iron handle pulls are amazing. Thanks for sharing!
Roselle

La Doña Jenny said...

Wow Karen the tray is very pretty. It all fits right in to your signatuare scheme. I wish Vonda was near by, sigh!

Jenny

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That came out so pretty, Karen! I love the aged look to it.

sissie said...

Hi Karen,
Your tray turned out lovely. I really like the handles and the technique that you used. It looks perfect on your wall.

hugs
Sissie

Mahek said...

hi
This is absolutely wonderful, I love decoupage but dont have someone who will teach me all the effects mentioned by you...
I too have purchased trays which I am planning to decoupage but which design? and how to get the background .

A Cottage Muse said...

Stunning vignette!! You did a wonderful job!

Linda K. said...

What a beautiful piece Karen. I'm off to check out Vonda and her blog.

Linda

the gypsy said...

The tray is beautiful! And it looks so nice on the wall. I just got a copy of Summerset Studio - Congratulations! Your article is inspirational - I want to make a shadow box!

She Uses Her Words said...

I love your tray! The whole wall is beautiful. So glad you got to take the class!
xo, Karen

Recycled Rita said...

Your tray is gorgeous! What a fun crafting group to join! karen....

Lisa Kay said...

I love it and what a wonderful idea. I often go to hobby lobby, i may try this also. Thank you for sharing.

Lululiz said...

Just beautiful, I love the way you turned a simple frame into such a fabulous looking tray. The rose collage is simply stunning.

Sandra said...

Hi Karen ,beautiful !!!!kisss from Italy !Sandra

Pan said...

I love decoupage and this post inspires me to do more. Thank you.

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