These exuberant, joyful, ostentatious blooms have been created by collaging the work of numerous painters; in particular the illustrations of Caroline Maria Applebee (born in London in 1799) and Graham Stuart Thomas (1909 – 2003). Annie transposed various stems to create this concupiscent bouquet, which flourishes against a backdrop of Oxford Navy (available as both Chalk Paint® and Annie Sloan Wall Paint). Click here for more information on how to use Decoupage Papers.
Caroline Maria Applebee appears to have been the daughter of a wealthy middle-class family who owned conservatories and greenhouses (thereby providing access to the plants and flowers Caroline painted). Graham Stuart Thomas was a partner at Sunningdale Nurseries in the mid 1940s and Gardens Advisor to the National Trust from 1955. In the 1960s he was awarded the RHS’s Veitch Memorial Medal and the Victoria Medal of Honour. Made an OBE in 1975, Graham Stuart Thomas is recognised as a horticulturist, rosarian, writer and artist.
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Apply Annie Sloan Image Medium to the surface with a brush. Stick the cut-out paper onto the glue, image face up. Apply approximately five further coats of Image Medium; each coat should be thinly and evenly applied and left to dry for 20-30 minutes before applying the next.
Wash brushes in water immediately after use.