Thursday, September 10, 2009
Shabby Chic Wall Decor
I remember a year or so ago when My Favorite Things first introduced Annie LaPoint as a new illustrator. I absolutely fell in love with the potted herbs and the flowers in the bathtubs. I adore her style, and am so glad to see some new things coming out now and in the near future! In July, MFT released Spread a Harvest of Hope. This month, Seeds of Love was released, which includes a darling pansy seed packet image and the title sentiment "Sow Seeds of Love." Once again, total home runs in my book!
For today's project, I cut the pair of pansies from the seed packet and used them on their own to make a piece of wall art. Coloring is with Copic markers, and the image is paper toled (flowers and one leaf are popped up) and glittered. I gave the image a shabby chic setting, using random bits and pieces of lovely textured things ... an embossed chipboard frame from Tattered Angels, a small piece of a page from an old book, some corrugated cardboard, a bit of fabric, and a length of wonderful trim. Heavy distressing, stitching, and buttons finish off the look.
The scalloped square base is chipboard from the Michael's $1 aisle. It came in a pack of five and measures around 6" square. I could hang or display the piece as-is, but I'd love to find a shadow box frame to hold it. That way I don't have to worry about dust.
For the chipboard base, I first painted it with ivory acrylic paint, then sanded away the edges just a bit, sponged on some different distress inks (Frayed Burlap and Brushed Corduroy), and last coated it with Ranger's crackle medium. Here's a detail shot of that:
And this next shot will give you a better look at the dimension from the paper tole, cardboard, and all the foam adhesive:
One last detail shot:
Thanks for visiting!
Stamps: Sow Seeds of Love (My Favorite Things)
Paper: MFT Perfect Paper Panels, Papertrey Vintage Cream card stock, Melissa Frances dp
Ink: Ranger Antique Linen, Old Paper, Frayed Burlap, Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessoires: copic markers, Sakura Quickie glue pen, clear glitter, Tattered Angels Framed Fonts Glimmer Chips, Papertrey Vintage buttons, twill, trim, cardboard, page from old book, fabric, May Arts burlap string, foam adhesive, dimsional glue dots, ivory acrylic pain, sanding block
Finished Size: approximately 6" square