Abitoffthemapp Camera Bags & Straps | Photography

City lawyer who escaped to become an award winning photographer. Now runs Abitoffthemapp Photography, the London Photo Festival and the London Photo Gallery. Purveyor of photography products: leather camera bags, leather camera straps and limited edition prints. My Etsy Shop is: Abitoffthemapp & MappofLondonUK


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I am submitting a framed image to a charity auction to be held at Twickers Rugby Club. Help me decide!

They have asked for one of my Richmond images – which one shall I submit?

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Decoupaged mirror with wallpaper & Annie Sloan paint

I wanted to achieve the French gild mirror frame look without breaking le bank. This is how I did it:  decoupaged the plain frame with brocade wallpaper (I didn’t like the original paper, so it has gone to good use), then I painted it with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint called ‘Old White’.  I experimented with dark wax but this just made it look ‘old dirty’, so I decided to lightly spray it with sliver paint and then lacquered it to protect it.

I am a little undecided about the final result..

Final close up Full Final Old White ~During Wallpaper Before


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Another tray experiment! #anniesloan #chalkpaint #decoupage #napoleonblue

I bought some wall paper online and with most of these things, I didn’t like it when it arrived but decided to hold on to it just in case I could use it for another project.  I have been wanting to revamp a very plain mirror frame to look more like a French gilded mirror and have been racking my brains about how to do this when I came up with this idea & decided to test it out on a tray….

I painted the tray with Annie Sloan’s Napoleon Blue paint (I looovvee this colour!), decoupaged the tray with the wall paper and applied bronze leaf to highlight the brocade.  The gilting was and is a bit messy – it was difficult to keep it from getting on the rest of the tray but I suppose it all lends to the ‘shabby chic’ look!  Finally, I waxed the paint with clear wax and lacquered the gilt to make it water proof.

final halfway wallpaper


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My latest project: tray #Annie Sloan #chalkpaint #decoupage #fineart #photography

I’m not letting my cold get in my way of some project and creative time!

My latest project & a bit of an experiment. A wooden tray painted in AS Graphite chalk paint and waxed with dark wax, I then put loose gold leaf on the rim & decoupaged with my fine art photography.Before Pic photo 7 - After Pic


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Revamped African Basket with Annie Sloan Paint

Ever since I went on an Annie Sloan chalk paint course run by Dulwich Trader in London, nothing has been safe from being painted, decoupaged, gilded or waxed!  This is my latest project:  painted with English Yellow and Violet Grey.  I will seal it with clear wax once the paint has fully dried.

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