If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, you might recall that last summer I joined Gabriela Szulman for a shoe deoupage workshop (you can read all about that one here). A couple of weeks ago I returned to her lovely Camberwell studio for a relaxing afternoon learning to decoupage a tray, and I have to say I'm absolutely over the moon with the result!
You can see more about the decoupage process in my earlier post, but I felt the tray lent itself more to being designed (I was pleased with the shoes but they did feel a little haphazard - possibly just because it was my first attempt though!). There was a small group of us this time and one person was decoupaging a chair - I've seen examples of Gabriela's chairs before but seeing the process in action has really inspired me to have a go at the spare chair in my studio - watch this space...
Here are some work in progress shots from the afternoon.
Choosing the papers.
We worked on the back first - a good opportunity to remember how to do it on a part that doesn't show as much!
Then the sides. We painted the trays white before we started as the background shows through.
I love the way the blue on the inside turned out - it looks as if it's been hand stamped.
And the finished tray!
Gabriela has more workshops lined up over the coming months - if you're a bit skeptical about decoupage (as I was when I first tried it) really do go and try one - it's definitely not twee! You can find out more about Gabriela's work and upcoming dates on her website, or click on the link in my sidebar.
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