French Perfume Sign

By  Debbie Cotton 

size: 9-3/4"x7" without chain


  • Wooden oval plaque with routered edge and chain, 9-3/4”x7”
  • Vintage perfume label digital file, 5-1/2”x4”


  • Royal Langnickel Paintbrushes: Series SG393 Fitch Deerfoot 1/8”, Series R4160 Majestic Angular 1/4”, Series R4170 Majestic Filbert, Series R4700 Majestic Glaze/Wash, Bobbie’s Blender Extra Large
  • Sponge roller
  • Brayer
  • DecoArt Traditions Artist Acrylic Paints: Carbon Black, Cerulean Blue, Napthol Red, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Prussian Blue Hue; Snow White; Multi Purpose Sealer; Americana Matte Acyrlic Sealer/Finisher; Americana Decoupage
  • Winsor Newton Raw Umber Oil Paint
  • Weber Odorless Turpenoid (optional)
  • Computer with laser printer

Basic Supplies

  • fine sandpaper, pencil, scissors, tracing paper, black or gray transfer paper, water container, palette paper, paper towels,, soft cloth, eraser, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Pattern - French Perfume Sign

  • 1. Print out pattern using laser printer. Trace flowers pattern onto tracing paper.
  • 2. Lightly sand plaque; wipe clean. Basecoat (2:1) mixture of Sealer + Snow White using roller. When dry, lightly sand and wipe to remove dust. Apply two additional coats Snow White, allowing to dry completely between coats. Paint outside routered edge Carbon Black using filbert.
  • 3. Print reverse copy of label user laser copier or laser printer. (Note: Inkjet printing will not work.) Mark soft guidelines on plaque for label placement. Apply even coat of découpage to plaque using glaze/wash, extending slighly past guidelines for label edge. Trim label and press face down on plaque. Use brayer to further press label against plaque. Remove excess découpage at edges. Let dry.
  • 4. Gently rub label in circular motion with wet cloth to remove paper and allow lettering to show. If lettering lifts off, let dry and repeat process. (Note: Take your time and use gentle pressure. Small imperfections and removal spots are fine and add to vintage look.) Let dry. Spray label with sealer.
  • 5. Stipple on Navy Blue filler flowers using deerfoot. Touch one side of brush Prussian Blue Hue and other side Cerulean Blue; lightly blend on palette, then touch on blue filler flowers in background.
  • 6. Paint remaining flowers to resemble roses in loose fashion. Allow flowers to touch and overlap in variety of different sizes to create natural appearance. Dip heel of angular brush into darker value, tip into lighter value, blend once or twice on palette, and then paint loose petals. Reload brush with good amount of paint after each petal. To separate petals from each other, pick up different colors, for example Carbon Black, at heel of brush to deepen value.
  • 7. Load brush Naphthol Red; pickup Snow White at tip. Blend once or twice on palette, then loosely stroke on petals. Lift and pivot brush in circular motion. Load brush with Naphthol Red, pick up Permanent Alizarin Crimson at heel and Snow White at tip; stroke petals. For deeper red, load brush Permanent Alizarin Crimson, small amount of Carbon Black on heel, and Snow White on tip. Stipple flower centers Carbon Black using deerfoot. Let dry.
  • 8. Erase any visible lines. Sand outside edges for distressed look.
  • 9. Antique plaque by rubbing Turpenold over design using soft cloth. With same cloth, pick up oil paint and apply around outside edges, rubbing softly in circular motion. Allow color to fade toward center of design. Remove unwanted paint with clean rag. Soften edges using mop. Let dry thoroughly.
  • 10. Spray plaque with sealer; let dry.