• Master Class: Provence Photo Frames

    Work flow

    First of all, disassemble the framework, leaving only the baguette to work. To prepare it for the decor, use acrylic primer of white color.
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    A craquelure technique will be worked out on a larger frame. To do this, paint it on the front side with two layers of black and leave to dry.
     photo frames for Provence
    With a broad synthetic brush we cover the surface of the frame with one-component craquelure varnish in one layer. We are waiting for drying for about half an hour. Readiness is checked in an inconspicuous place, the varnish should barely stick to the little finger.
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    To achieve a turquoise shade (fr. - pale turquoise), mix on the palette blue, emerald and white paints to a uniform color.The shade should be light enough to contrast with the black base, so if necessary, add white paint. The resulting mixture is applied to the frame, leading the brush in one direction. Gradually, the top layer begins to crack, exposing the base. You can speed up this process with a hair dryer. Avoid re-applying paint to the same place. Leave to dry completely.
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    Getting down to decorating the second frame using decoupage technique. We duplicate all stages of work. For a start we cover it with bronze acrylic paint in two layers. Please note that metallic paints are suitable only as a base, it is not recommended to use them over craquelure varnish.
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    Apply varnish with crackle effect, dry.
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    White paint evenly cover the front of the frame and let dry, watching for the appearance of cracks.
     photo frames for Provence
    From the napkin with flower arrangements, we cut out our favorite elements, separate the top layer and determine their future position on the frame.
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    A plain file will help to translate a picture. Put the image face down on the file, and slightly moistened with water, carefully transfer to the selected area of ​​the frame.
     photo frames for Provence
    To prevent the image from moving and to hold well, we carefully coat the top with PVA diluted with water.
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    After both frames are dry, spray matt decorative lacquer and proceed to the final stage of the work - making a mat.
     photo frames for Provence
    The textured side of the paper for watercolor will be the front for the mat, so turn the sheet. As a stencil, use the back of the photo frame with a stand. Draw a rectangle with a pencil and cut it out.
     photo frames for Provence
    Draw two lines diagonally, mark the dimensions of the photo with dots. Since the size of the mat should be less than the photo itself, then, departing from the points 1 cm inwards, draw a rectangle. Cut the diagonal with a stationery knife inside the rectangle and turn the parts of the rectangle outwards.
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    Try on the photo frame and in its size fold all four parts of the rectangle inside.
     photo frames for Provence
    The work has been completed. It remains to insert your favorite photos, and frames in the style of "Provence" are ready!
     photo frames for Provence

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