Boho Suitcase

Boho Suitcase

Posted by DecoArt on Apr 13th 2016

Create a shabby boho inspired altered suitcase using Americana Decor Chalky Finish and DecoArt Media. 

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To get the shabby aged paint look on the box I painted a couple of coats of the Decoart Chalky Finish paint Treasure followed by a coat of Treasure, Once dry sand back with a medium to light grain cheap sand paper to get the effect you like, I like to start with the lighter shade underneath as you get a nice depth of colour once the sanding has been done.

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Apply a base of tinting base, keep the edges a little rough to help with the shabby look.

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No brushes for the next step!

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The Media Fluids go a long way, add a little blog to your craft sheet and empty a little tinting base as well. Start by adding a little of the paint neat and swipe across the surface then blend with a little tinting base and mix as you go to get different shades. Adding the tinting base to the colour also helps make the translucent colours opaque.

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Keep adding layers of colour and blending, I normally work from my lightest colour up to my darkest.

If you are unhappy just let it dry and go again adding the paint mixed with the tinting base to help cover what you don't like.

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Using a stencil brush add some stencils add some back ground detail layering your colours.

When stenciling you want to remove as much of the excess paint from the brush as possible, just stipple the craft mat a little before stenciling. It's better to go over the stencil a couple of times and build up your colour than going to heavy and having the paint bleed under the design.As the paint runs out you can fade the stencil out and be left with a softer look.

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Add some stamping using archival ink. All my designs are from Carabelle Studios and I have just created a random collage of images.

I have also sanded the edges on top of the case to help blend the bright center into the edges of the  case.

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I decided to add a little Gold and Silver leaf for a little eye catching detail.

Stampendous do a great product called Stamp n Bond, It works like an embossing powder, stamp the design with Versafine Ink and add the Stamp n Bond powder, tap off the excess and heat with a heat gun. Don't over heat powder, just till it turns transparent, then just add the gold flakes and leave to cool a little before brushing the excess off using a stiffer bristled brush.

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The old fastenings I had were given a go over with my Dremel and wire brush attachment, ( do this outside and with eye protection ) 


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Mark out and add the handle and fastenings to the box.

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The Whole box was finished off with a couple of coats of DecoArt Satin Varnish, This leaves a lovely sheen and really brings out all the colours and makes them pop, It also serves to protect your work.

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