Tuesday, July 26, 2011

DREAM Wall Art

I’ve taught this class at Paper Niche and loved the result of using Bo Bunny’s Timepiece Collection. The colors in the collection are great for altered art and home décor pieces. There are lots of papers to choose from that work well in the piece: here I’ve shown you three variations.

 They’re constructed so that they hang on a wall or can be left free standing on a table or nestled in a bookshelf. Although they are a little time consuming to make, they're worth it for the impact they can provide.  
The letters are 8" tall. I start by painting the sides and back in a complimentary color, this time in an antique gold.  Then the fronts are covered in scrapbook paper (a 12 x 12" sheet) with a decoupage medium.  I use bookbinders glue but Modpodge works too. I then cut around all the letters to remove most of the excess paper.  The rest is removed with a rough grit nail file. I ink the edges of the letters, then seal each with the bookbinding glue for durability.  They're then screwed together and the hanging hardware is added.  If I'm going to add a drawer knob, it's done at this point.  Where do I get my drawer pulls?  EVERYWHERE! I scour flee markets, take them off discarded furniture, bring them back from London (couldn't believe we ran into a shop that sold nothing but door and drawer hardware, both new and used) and buy them at my favorite source, Anthropologie!
After the drawer pull is added, I go to my stash and  look for objects that fit the theme. For this series the theme was "time" so I went with gears, watch faces and watch parts. I try to incorporate both hard and soft items so there's a balance.  In these, I added some rose ribbon in brown and some hand died seam binding that holds the watch charm on. I created this series for my ETSY Shop and plan to take them with me to the Fall Art Shows if they don’t sell first! Enjoy!

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