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I was digging through some family photos the other day and came across a lovely portrait of my paternal grandmother when she was a young girl. (The smaller picture in the metal frame is also of my grandmother in her later years). Her name was Maeme, pronounced "Mame-E". Her parents immigrated to the United States from Sweden in the late 1800s. Unfortunately she passed when I was only about 5 years old but I do remember several things about this dear lady. When I saw her portrait, I was inspired to create something with a vintage feminine quality to showcase what a lovely girl she was.
I transformed a plain paper mache book into this nostalgic and feminine piece that will sit atop a lovely antique dresser.
I first scanned and printed out the portait onto some semi-gloss photo paper. I then added the bits of pink to give the photo that old colorized effect. To do this, I swiped some Tattered Rose Distress Ink onto my Non Stick Craft Sheet, picked up a bit of the color on my Inkssentials Craft Nibs and then added the pink to the rose buds, the bow in her hair, and the detailed folds in the skirt of her dress. Then I lightly tapped all over the portrait with Antique Linen Distress Ink and an ink applicator. That not only set the color but gave it an even more vintage appearance.
Next I prepared the book by completely covering the book with a coat of Claudine Hellmuth's White Gesso because I wanted to seal the somewhat porous finish of the paper mache and also to create a white base coat to apply my colors onto.
When dry, I began layering all of my different textures from vintage laces that I had but being very careful to leave a space for my portrait. I added a strip Tim Holtz' Brackets On The Edge die cut that I cut from Plain Grungeboard and stacked to the left side of where my portrait would go, some Melissa Frances Pearls that I glued on top of the Brackets Die cut, a large metal key underneath the portrait, a white Mariposa Prima Butterfly and different sizes of Prima Roses in various places.
(Note: The colors of the flowers, laces, butterflies, etc. makes absolutely no difference because you are going to cover everything with White Gesso. So, it is more important to be more concerned with the TEXTURE of an item rather than the color.) Then I needed to let that dry. Next, I brushed over all of the elements with the White Gesso and let that dry; both by air and also my Heat It Craft Tool. The key is that you need to be sure that everything is completely dry before going to the next step.
When I was happy with all of my texture and the design of my cover, I randomly sprayed the book (inside and out) with Bubblegum Pink and Squeezed Orange Dylusions Ink Sprays. Again, I had to let them completely dry. Then I went back and dry brushed the White Gesso over all of the laces, flowers, edges of the die cut, any place that I wanted to highlight and bring out the texture.
Then, to add even more interest, I used some paint from a Gold Paint Dabber and gently swiped it (with my middle finger) over the high areas of the roses, some of the lace areas and some of the edges of the book.
I then added the lace frame to my photograph using 1/4" Scor Tape and then placed the photograph in the center of the book. I added the delicate gold dresden trim to really bring out the gold highlights of the gold paint. Finally, I hot glued some glass buttons and other little metal objects onto the cover after I was finished adding all of the spray color and White Gesso dry brushed high lights.
Here is a picture of a simple piece of lace that I added to the binding of the book. It's amazing how much just one piece of very textured lace can add!
A book needs pages! So, I created these old and tattered looking pages using Wendy Vecchi's White Embossing Paste. I heavily added the paste using a brush and also a palette knife. Once it was dry, I painted the pages with an off white acrylic paint. When that was dry, I added a wash of brown using Adirondak Espresso Paint mixed with water. I also lightly washed the binding, back and interior of the book.
Finally, I added an interior cover from some left over Glitz pages that I had to finish off the book. I added some little gold Dresden like corners and a lacy flower at the center top of the page to dress it up just a bit.
So, that is my "Anything Goes" home decor piece. Stop by the challenge blog to see all of the wonderful creations that the Design Team has for you. Then enter our challenge.
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