Friday, January 23, 2009

More Projects Completed

I've been working on a blackboard project for several weeks. I painted a piece of plywood with the blackboard paint, then decided to decorate the edges with white paint. (I used a small stencil...in no particular order.)I found a really beat up frame at a garage sale several months ago. There were two large chunks missing from the decorative edge, but I bought a mold maker and some "Rock Hard" and my husband created a mold from a good edge and re-created the two bad edges. I thought I had taken pictures of the original condition of the frame - but I don't see them anywhere...error on my part because it really was in bad shape. We sprayed it red (of course...as Stephanie says, "Do you have any other color?")


Once the red dried I highlighted the edges and detail with black and placed the black board piece inside. Here is a close up of one of the bad edges. You can't even tell! Hopefully tomorrow I'll get it hung up! I gave you a peak at this piece of drawer front the other day. I mistakenly called it a door front, but it's for a drawer. I painted an undercoat of white than brushed in some brown and teal.
I printed a cute picture of some birds and pasted them onto the board with the "Boudoir" words affixed at the top. Once it was dry I rubbed it all with paste wax to seal it.

Lastly, I had been toying with an idea of a picture I'd seen and wanted to render it in pastels. I've been working on this a couple of days (along with a "self portrait" that is now complete.) Once I sprayed the fixative onto it, I cut some scrapbook pieces to cover the messy edges...now I'll have to see if I can find another frame!
I love that she's wearing an apron and reading a real letter (not an email.) Reminds me of lazy summer days, taking time out from the business of the day to see if there is a letter waiting from someone special. Don't we all still love to receive "real" mail?

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