There is something about handwritten text that is so classic. Add a foreign language like French and it is just romantic and utterly irresistible.
I searched etsy several years ago for some antique French letters and stumbled upon a few priced upwards of $20 each. I was never willing to spring for one.
In Tongeren, Belgium where I visited the Flea Market in December, I brought home a stack of ephemera about four inches thick. I really didn’t know what I was buying at the time. When I got home Michelle Black and I sat around my kitchen table oohing and aahing over the awesome documents.
One of the pieces was a French Geometry book published in 1915. Every page looked handwritten.
I scanned one of the pages and sent the file to be printed so that I could transfer the text onto a desk.
I just love how perfectly worn the book pages were…and discolored along the sides. I wanted to replicate that same look on the desk. The bottom received a coat of Graphite Chalk Paint® and I painted Old Ochre on top, which is creamier and richer than Old White.
I transferred the image and used straight dark wax to discolor the top of the desk.
I was going for that worn and erratic parchment paper look.
I think I pulled it off.
I ordered extra engineering prints of this image and they are for sale in the shop. The large 36×48 prints are $24 and the smaller 24×36 prints are $18 each (We can ship them, too). They are reversed and ready to be transferred. You can also order your own digital files of the images for just $2.50 each. Just send a facebook message or e-mail if you are interested and we will send off a paypal invoice and then e-mail the file directly to you.
I have more great images to transfer onto furniture. I’m just awaiting the perfect pieces!
hi Michele – this is fabulous. I am about to do a vintage map onto a cupboard and so excited about it! love how your desk turned out.
Oooh, I can’t wait to see it. Do take pictures and post it on facebook!!! 🙂
What a great idea! I love it!