Sunday, 1 June 2014

June Challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit DT

Good morning everyone!

Is it really June already? Really? It just doesn't seem right... I'm sure someone is actually stealing every other day away, thus making time go twice as fast as it should!

But if it is June, I guess that means it's time for my DT piece for Rhedd's Creative Spirit! As always, it's Anything altered art goes, and I decided to do something a little different this time.

I found a set of plain wooden photo frames in our local charity shop. They had had some holes made in them (very obviously not part of the original design. The holes are rough and uneven, but I thought it added to the charm...) and they were held together with hemp rope. All in all it was a terribly nice set of frames, and something that I would personally have loved to have hung up on my wall when it was new.

Unfortunately, it seems these frames are far from new... The wood was unvarnished and had started to splinter a little. And it was terribly mucky! However, I figured that with a little TLC, it could get a new lease on life!

So I took the lot apart, and set to sanding...

After giving it a good sanding down to minimise the splintering and get rid of the worst of the muck, I gave it a coat of gesso. I then mixed up some very pale blue paint (when I say very pale blue, I mean it's very pale, lol) and gave it a coat with that. After that dried, I stamped a gorgeous leaf stamp all around the frames with grey ink. I'd wanted to use that stamp for precisely this kind of thing from the moment I first saw it!

Finally, I tied everything back together again with grey satin ribbon, to complement the grey ink.

Here's a close-up.

This is quite CAS in design for me, but I am very pleased with it! I designed it with my mother in mind (it's her birthday coming up...), so I hope she'll like it!
As you can see, the frames are currently empty, but I have ideas for pictures that should go in there!

Now then, time for you to go check out the gorgeous creations made by the rest of the team, and I hope you'll all join in with us this month!

Look, we have another fab prize:

Have a super day!



Sarah said...

What a fab upcycle Sammy and lucky that the holes were in situ!! xx

Anonymous said...

The frames turned out really well. Will be lovely for some family photos.

Moira xx

Sandra Wright. said...

Your frames are fabulous,love that leaf stamp your mum will be pleased with them...
Great design team make...hugs x

Crafty Judith said...

fabulous hanging Sammy x

Sam K said...

Gorgeous frames Sammy, I'm sure your mum will love them :) Hugs xx