The Graphics Fairy has so many wonderful old prints and engravings. This was a copy of a Circa 1850 Paris print. It's a delicately engraved frame with a laurel wreath embellished with lots of roses. I had seen it several times on her site and wanted to find a way to use it.
So, I decided to use it as the centerpiece on our kitchen table. I could put a vase or other dish in the center and the painted design would still show. When I add the leaf to the table I'll have to use a table runner since opening the table will split the design - but that's okay - when we need a larger table we usually go to the dining room anyway.
When I printed it out, I set it at 300 times the actual image. That stretches the design out so that it is quite a bit bigger than the original image, however, you have to tape all the "parts" together. This time I used carbon paper to transfer the image to the table. I didn't want the wreath to face only one way, so I split it horizontally right down the middle, flipped it, and painted the top half twice - kind of a mirror image.
I used a pretty watered down dark and light gray to paint the design. I was intentional in loosely painting the design and I'm still thinking about lightly sanding it to make it even more faint.
The design before the dark wax was applied.
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