After a quick cleaning, I lightly sanded the surface of the whole piece. Then went to work with some paint I had left laying around from one of my many projects. I wanted it to be about the same color of the feed sac, but for it to look worn. I was lucky enough to have company during this process. Normally my husband, Chris, just walks away when I have a project going. The mess usually makes him twitch, but today, he and my dog Jack joined me with some good tunes and a cold beer. He was surprised it took so many layers to make something look old. I think he thought you can just throw paint on anyway you want!
I started with just two layers. The first was a color called Natural Tan. The second, was an antiquing glaze. I liked it good enough at this point, but there was still something missing. Don't ya think? There wasn't enough dimension to it. So I decided to add a layer of brushed on and wiped off antique black.
So here it is! The finished product. I love it when my projects turn out looking like they did in my head. This one is exactly that way! I am very happy with it. I was tempted to keep it, solely because the feed sac came from Michigan. But I have decided I will take it up to the shop. I had so much fun working on this piece. The fact that my husband sat with me, for the first time, and watched me do what I love, makes it even better to me. I hope the joy that I felt being able to use one of my Michigan treasures is passed on to someone else. I hope it will find the perfect little spot in someones home.