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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Stenciling with Annie Sloan paint – top tip!

I’ve managed to work out how to prevent bleed through when stenciling – add some wax to your paint and mix into a paste (akin to the consistency of toothpaste) and then dab onto the stencil, using as many coats as required (allowing to dry in-between coats).  This tray was painted with Graphite, waxed and lacquered and then I applied with stencil with English Yellow mixed in with wax. My trays are available to purchase.

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Some transfer testing!

I recently saw a post on FB whereby someone printed out an image (reversed) and transferred onto a wooden object.  Ever keen to give these things a go, I tried it out on the back of a tray that I had already painted with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in Old White and Paloma.   Firstly, I inadvertently used the wrong glue and will use mod podge when I experiment again.  I left it overnight and then wet the paper, rubbed off the excess and the transfer had ‘transferred’ onto the tray. Unfortunately, some of the image has rubbed off but since this is my first attempt, I am fairly pleased with the result and it lends to the shabby chic look!

Teddington Logo on tray


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My first attempt at stenciling….

A simple, wooden tray painted in Annie Sloan’s chalk paint (first coat Paloma and then Old White).  The stencil was done with a gold acrylic and then I sealed with paint and stencil with a couple of coats of AS lacquer.

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