Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Collage home decor finished ...
... One cannot live by acrylic, metal and chipboard alone! I love "repurposing" and "altering" stuff I find when I go "junking." I have collected some cool things from antique stores and flea markets for the wall hanging for nearly a year now. I am so pleased to finally have it done and on the wall.
The place above our TV set in the living room just seemed so bare, and this just fits so nicely.
I used canvas (some of you who follow this blog might notice the YuDu'ed canvas panels with the swirls), print drawer inserts and a wooden shadow box I picked up awhile back in the clearance section of JoAnns. I added some Distress ink, Glimmer Mist and acrylic paint, as well as some wood conditioning oil to the printer inserts. Most of the paper is from the Little Yellow Bicycle Vita Bella line, which I collected on the SoCal 2 Provo CKU bus tour last year. The blues and greens are perfect for my home decor.
I took a technique I learned from Donna Downey on the Ultimate Scrapbook Cruise in January: Take toilet paper or paper towel cardboard rolls and dip the ends in paint... they can then be used as cool circular stamps!
I also went to one of my favorite flea markets here in Pensacola, Jennifer's Flea Market, to find some small knick knacks that remind me of my boys, since they are the featured subjects of this piece. These included a Pensacola Ice Pilots hockey puck (Will played hockey when he was 4 and, not only did he learn how to roller skate, it really got him ready for team sports!), a toy Blue Angel jet (we love to watch them from our backyard as they perform), a spoon from Illinois (where Rodney is from and the boys love to play on the farm), a small tin cup with a California logo on it (Xan was born there) and some wooden alphabet blocks.
While I worked out the composition on my dining room table, I still need my husband, Rodney's help to translate it to the wall, which is easier said than done. Fortunately I was able to use some of the canvas hanging hardware to make it all work.
I am now working on one for my dining room. It will be a bit larger than this one, to fit the long, empty wall in the room, and feature canvas, a printer insert, raw frames and some cute doll chairs. The theme will be photos of our family members eating ... I already have the composition worked out, now I just need to execute!