The curtains hanging on my storage shelves were next.
Wall decor was next. I have a collection of wonderful antique cabinet cards that just stay hidden in drawers and I decided that it was about time they were showcased and enjoyed somehow.....so this is what I did. I took an ornate gold frame I had stored for years and repurposed it as follows:
-sanded the frame to remove some of the gold paint
-distressed the wood with a hammer and filled in nicks with paint
-tore pages from antique French book and with matte medium, attached the pieces to the velvet section of the frame. Layers upon layers....let dry.
-after it was dry, I used a combination of bronze, teal and brown paints to accomplish a worn, patina effect on the paper. Using a baby wipe, my fingers and a brush, I rubbed paint on and rubbed the excess off. This took a while to layer the paints but I love the aged look it soon took on.
Next, how do I display my cabinet cards in a way that I could change them out when I wanted. This is what I did:
-purchased burlap and heavy gauge plastic fabric.
- using the cards as a guide, I sewed the plastic onto the burlap to form pockets. I sewed the plastic onto the burlap in two strips so that the pockets were open above each photo.
-when I put it all together, I noticed that the sharpie sewing guidelines I put on the plastic did not get concealed with the stitches....oh boy...creative opportunity! So that's when I added the bling with the deco dress clips...oh yes!
I attached the finished burplap piece to a piece of foamcore I had and attached it to the back of the frame with ducktape.
A ribbon for hanging was attached to the top of the frame with hooks.
I was pleased with the results.
So, with the studio redecorating completed, I was off onto another project....getting ready for Artfest. One of the classes I am taking is Shelley Massey's "License to Create". I so love Anahata's images and decided to model my box after one of my favorites.
You know me and my fasination with antique doll heads...so what a perfect opportunity to feature one on top of my box. For the head, I started with purchasing a discarded porcelain doll from the Goodwill. After removing the head from the body and striping the hair off (sounds rather barbaric doesn't it?), I painted the head and glazed it. I have never done this before and it took me literally hours to paint her. I'm pleased with it for my first attempt. Paperclay will be used to create her hair, and you can see the flowers that await to be arranged on her head. It will be fun to put it all together. I will share the finished project with you upon my return.
Well, that catches you up some what as to what I have been up to.
Hoping you are all well and honoring that creative spirit of yours.