Made in SE Asia by remarkable social enterprise business that employs people from the poorest communities and the hard of hearing and trains them up to produce remarkable lacquered products. These are my fine art photographs decoupaged onto the trays and lacquered to a high finish.
I am supporting a social enterprise project based in SE Asia. They employ vulnerable people from disadvantaged backgrounds and hearing impaired young adults to manufacture and sell original designs and genuine picture in lacquer and hand painted souvenirs. They have been working on decoupaging my fine art photography onto lacquer trays.
I am expecting delivery in time to launch the product in 2015 and am super excited about seeing them!
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..
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.