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Upcycled Vintage Stag Head

I saw this brilliant 1950’s vintage print at my local charity shop and had to buy it. It was five bucks. Such a bargain!

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So I had it sitting in my studio against a wall and have been thinking of a way to revitalise and enhance it. I loved the colours of the roses and wanted to keep them in the image. With the glass removed from the frame I had a light bulb moment.

Simply by creating a stencil and painting out the rest of the image it made the most fantastic upcycled piece of art that will be a stylish unique talking piece in any home.

What you need

Vintage art – with frame and without glass is best
Wallpaper for stencil
Blue tak
Painters tape
Acrylic or house paint (any colour you fancy)
Small paint roller and brush
Clear varnish spray

Step – by – Step

First I washed the print with some warm soapy water and a cloth to remove any mold, dirt or dust. Then I drew on the back of  my wallpaper the image (a stag head). If you are no good at drawing you could print off an image you like online and trace it onto your wallpaper.

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With your painters tape, use it to tape up the edges around the frame and cut out your drawing very carefully. Then apply the stencil cut out onto the image with small pieces of blue tak. I found this the best way to secure it to the print.

FullSizeRender (11)Using your brush, apply paint to the edges. Then continue painting over the entire print with your small roller. I applied 3 coats, waiting for an hour between each application of paint.

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Next you paint the frame any colour you prefer with a small brush and a steady hand. Remove the wallpaper stencil and use a thin brush to paint around the outline of your stag head. This just gives the final product a clean finish and makes it really stand out. After all the paint is dry you can optionally use some clear varnish spray over the print to seal and protect it.

Pretty cool transformation right? I hope you enjoy making your own…..let me know your thoughts/comments below!?

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