It’s been already two years since I started following pottery classes. And since then, I haven’t stopped learning new things on every single class which is also what excites me the most.
During these two years I’ve created platters, decorative objects, little bowls, jewelry and many many more objects that are either making my place more beautiful or are used by my friends or family. Among these creations, two cups were my favorite.
These two ceramic cups were feeling a bit lonely and this is why I decided to create a tray to keep them company. This way, my afternoon coffee can be served with style 🙂
So, today, we’ll learn how to decoupage on wooden tray with aging technique and crackle of two components . This is a super exciting and fairly simple way to make plain trays into magnificent, vintage looking pieces of art.
The materials we’re going to need
- A wooden tray
- Decoupage paper, Rice paper or Napkin
- Acrylic Paints
- Decoupage Glue
- Wood Glue
- Lasure Brown
Tools we’re going to need
Let’s get to it!!!
Step by Step Decoupage On Wooden Tray With Aging Technique & Crackle
Before we begin, we do what we always do in our tutorials. And that is, making sure that we’ve got all the materials and tools close to us so that they’re ready to be used at any moment.
Even if the tray is new, I want to clean it as well as possible and use the sandpaper to rub any rough spots on the wooden surface.
Once I’m done with this, I clean any dust and I start painting the interior of the tray with lasure so that the wood grain becomes more defined. When you finish painting, wait for it to dry.
Next thing I want to do is paint the tray with acrylic colors. But before that, I want to do something else.
I get a tea light candle and rub the spots where I don’t want any acrylic color.
You’ll understand why very soon.
I keep on rubbing the corners and the tray’s handles as well as other spots in the inside space of the wooden tray that I have in mind.
Once I’m happy with the results, I begin painting the inside of the tray with a dark acrylic color.
When I finish applying the dark color, I apply the light acrylic color but I follow the same principle as before. I leave the tray to dry for a while but I don’t want the dark color to dry entirely.
Just before it gets dry, I rub the sports of the tray that I don’t want the light acrylic color to be painted with the tea light candle.
Now that I finished rubbing the tray, I start applying the light acrylic paint on the inner space of the tray.
There’s a reason why I don’t want the dark color to dry completely before I paint the tray with the light acrylic color. The two acrylic paints get mixed together and it results in a beautiful blend that looks great on the wooden surface.
As for the exterior, I decided that I don’t want to paint it with the acrylic colors and I prefer to use lasure brown
Leave the wooden tray to dry.
This is the step that the aging effect takes place.
When all colors are dry, I use the sandpaper to rub the entire surface of the tray.
While I rub the tray with the sandpaper, the tea light candle slowly goes away and the first (dark) color that I used makes its appearance.
Isn’t this awesome?
You’ll be able to notice the wood grain in some spots and the acrylic colors in some others as well as the color mix of the two paints. And that’s the aging technique!
Time for decoupage with a beautiful rice paper in rectangular shape.
I use a thin brush with water to wet the the sides of the rice paper. I pull the sides of the rice paper a little so it looks a bit worn out.
Next, I apply the decoupage glue on the back side of the rice paper.
You can stick the rice paper anywhere you want. For this project, I chose the center of the tray.
Once the rice paper is well stuck, I apply decoupage glue on it with radial motions, starting from the center of the rice paper towards the sides.
When the decoupage glue gets dry, I continue with the crackle effect.
I used a two component crackle.
With the first component, I make the first layer thick enough so that I achieve the desired effect.
Keep in mind that the thicker the first layer, the deeper and larger the cracks.
Let it dry without accelerating the drying process with a blowdryer.
Once the first layer is dry, I apply the second crackle component on the same spots I used the first one. I want to have a thick layer again for the second component.
Leave it for a day to dry.
After one day, you’ll notice that there are cracks on the spots that you applied the crackle, which is what we wanted to achieve.
A few quick tips for this step
Tip 1: The crackle bottles have the numbers 1 and 2 so that you can understand which one you need to use first.
Tip 2: Use a soft and wide brush to apply both of crackle components.
You see the cracks now and in order to emphasize them I’ll use either an oil color or patina.
For the particular wooden tray, I used two different oil colors. A dark red and a dark brown color.
I put a little bit of color on a piece of cotton and start rubbing the wooden tray with gentle circular moves. This way, the cracks will be filled with oil color and it will give you a uniform result.
If the color seems too dark, you can put a little bit of white spirit on a piece of cotton and rub gently the spots that you’d like. This way, the oil color will slowly go away.
I put a bit of -my favorite, bronze patina on my fingers and I rub them together. It’s got a wax texture.
Then, I spread it on the wooden tray only on the spots that I want to emphasize.
I wrap a piece of twine around the handles of the tray and I make a pass with wood glue.
When everything gets dry, I apply a layer of varnish on the entire surface of the tray.
Once it gets dry, I make one last pass with the varnish. This way, all the materials and colors that I applied will become more durable.
Tip: Crackle is water based and for this reason, you should never use water based varnish. Otherwise the crackle will fail.
The tray is now ready to serve our cups of tea!
I hope you liked and if you have any questions, feel free to leave your comment below and I’ll be happy to help!
Good luck with your creations!