Folk Art Fusion Frame

Hello creatives,

Harshada here on the blog today with a new home decor project for you all.

 This one is made using basic supplies, mainly chalk paints and the new 4×4 inch stencils. I was excited about exploring the artistic possibilities of using these stencils on my projects. So here’s my project using these stencils in a different way.

As the name suggests, its basically a folk art painting combined with the usage of stencils on a wooden tray that is converted into a frame.

Before I begin with the tutorial, let me tell you about this painting in brief. The Folk Art that I’ve used here is Phad Painting of Rajasthan and I got this image from Google. Phad is basically a type of a scroll painting that narrates elaborate religious stories of local deities or life of Maharajas. The entire process of making a Phad painting is completely natural, with the use of handwoven cloth as canvas, natural paints sourced from stones, flowers, etc.

Now let’s start with the tutorial!

For this project, I have used a wooden serving tray from the wooden decorable section and a small MDF board from my stash. I sanded the bases for a smooth finish.

I then applied White Gesso on the MDF board and left it to dry. After it dried completely, I drew an image of a queen sitting in the Jharoka (window). For this, I used an image of Phad Painting from Google for reference. I have made little modifications while drawing this particular design.

I then started filling colours inside the drawn image using chalk paints- Butternut Squash, Terracotta, Salsa  Red, Blue Spa, Charcoal, Wild Moss and Mango Crush.

Little Birdie Chalk paints make the Phad painting look more authentic because of its Matte effect. As said earlier, the pigments used in this art are derived from minerals (stones/rocks) which gives a matte effect on the paintings and not glossy.

I left some free space beneath the Jharoka, coloured in brown acrylic paint for stencilling work. So after the paint dried, I used Elegant Border stencil to give an effect of wood carvings. I then used the Dahlia stencil to give an effect of a stylized bush on the green coloured space. I used mixed media paste through this stencil as I wanted this design to have some texture. After it dried, I applied Glimmer Moss Metallic Wax for an added interest.


After the mixed media paste dried, I added other details and outlines on the painting.

Now for the tray, I used Butternut Squash as my base colour.  After this paint dried, I used Burnt Umber Acrylic colour on the sides and corners of the tray to give a distressed kind of effect. This also gave a depth to the tray.

For the sides of the tray, I did staining using Wood Stain Rosewood . It not only gave the tray a nice dark colour but also highlighted the lines and rings on the wood.

I then adhered the painted MDF board on the tray using silicon glue. As I wanted to add more details to the background (tray), I did more stencilling to make it look more like a typical old frame. I used Elegant border stencil again and Wild Moss chalk paint for this. I wanted it to have an old, worn out kind of effect, so I used very less colour on the stencil. Later painted the areas around MDF board using brown acrylic colour to add more interest to the project.

Finally, I did dry brushing using Salsa Red chalk paint on the sides and handle of the tray. After the colour dried, I took green paper cord from my stash and adhered it on both the handles of the tray. To seal the finished work, I brushed Deco Varnish Matte on the entire frame.

I hope you all like the idea of incorporating stencils with Folk paintings. Give it a try and let us know. And yes do participate in our current blog challenge using the newly launched 4×4 inch stencils.

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Happy Crafting!

List of products used:-

Wooden Serving Tray – L26XW38XD5cm, 1 Pc

Little Birdie Stencil – Elegant Border, 4" X 4"

Chalk Paints

Silicon Liquid Glue – 100ml

Little Birdie Decor Varnish, 100ml – Matte

Little Birdie Mixed Media Paste 2 In 1 -White 400gm

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