Texture and Watercolour meet

This pretty little dresser had been living under a carport for a long time.

It needed a lot of love and attention.

I love the shape but decided it needed some interest and colour, so out came the stencil and the drywall compound!  
It was my plan to add a small image transfer of one of my watercolour paintings;

I wanted to evoke a look of a loved chest from a time gone by.  
I left a circle clear of texture, ready to transfer my image.  
It was copied onto laser copy paper and using a gel medium I transferred it to the circle after painting a layer of white paint.  
I painted the drawers in buttercup yellow but wasn’t happy with the look so applied a wash of cadmium red acrylic paint.

The whole thing was then 'aged' with General Finishes’ java gel, applied and immediately wiped off. This gave it the ‘lived in’ look I was aiming for.  
The top was in a really bad way. General Finishes’ java gel was applied with a paintbrush and wiped back with a lint free rag.

When it was dry I did another pass over it.

I painted the frame in the same buttercup yellow and then aged it with the same java gel.

To bring the whole piece together, I dry brushed over the raised stencil with the same yellow paint.  
The whole piece was sealed in Minwax Polycrylic varnish.  
Here she is in all her glory.

I love her!