Managed to have a little play this week and trying an experiment. I wanted a sort of rustic/shabby chic look on this little crate. Photo isn't brilliant as it has been chucking it down with rain, and I had to take the photo indoors.
I used Pebeo Deco Creme paints, which have a chalky finish effect. I didn't prime the wood with gesso as the paints have a similar effect.
I started by painting the lower part with a dark grey, progressing through light grey and then adding white or some white gesso to the mix.
I double loaded the brush with the graduating shades and did some dry brushing in places to get the irregular rustic look. I highlighted the grooves with the darker grey to make it resemble planks of wood more.
I then did some little folk art roses and leaves around the heart shapes. The inside was just painted randomly with the various shades of grey.
Finally it was given a coat of Decoart Matt Varnish.
I have a little square version of this crate, and am trying a completely different experiment on that, which hopefully I will blog in the next couple of days