Their signage had me at hello. How darling is that logo? The inside of this store is just as charming. Vintage dishes, tablecloths, and housewares galore. The owner was super friendly and we chatted about dogs and dishes. Anyway, I bought a planter just to get the bag! Then I proceeded to save the bag for the next 3 years. I always knew that I was going to "make something" out of it.
And, I finally did.
With the high ceilings and vast white in this apartment I knew I wanted something big and graphic for our one blank wall. I thought of a Ken Baily painting. They combine my love of advertising and dogs. That's when I remembered my Mindy & Clyde bag and I decided to make my own painting. First off, it's custom for our colors and the size of our space. Secondly this painting reminds me of our trip to Santa Fe. It was our best vacation to date.
So that is the sweet story behind our new "art" and now here are the behind the scenes details.
This jumbo sized painting started it's life as the backing of an IKEA Billy bookcase. After the move, I relegated that bookcase to our pantry closet. The backing was falling off, so I removed it and bolted the bookcase straight to the wall.
Not one to waste, I saved the 30" X 38"board specifically for an art piece for the dining area wall.
To give it the thickness of a real artist canvas I cut and nailed thin pine furring strips to the back.
Then I covered the whole thing with Modge Podge and manila paper from school. This gave it a bit of texture and covered the furring strips.
and finally a layer of Rust-oleum "Moss" spray paint. I sanded the whole thing down to give it a worn look.
To size the image I scanned the bag and turned the picture into a "pencil drawing" on Picnik.
I cut out the frame and colored heavily with a pencil on the back of the design. I traced over the entire design to transfer it to the "canvas." Next, I painted the design with acrylic paint. This had to be done in daylight as the lines were very faint and hard to see. During this stage, I was really wishing I had a Silhouette machine! (Although, now that it's done, I don't mind the uneven hand painted quality.)
When the painting was done, I sanded it down to distress it further.
At just about $6 for the furring strips and spray paint, this project definitely qualifies for "Frugal Friday" at the Shabby Nest! I am off to check it out now! Have a great day!
Here is another party I am going to join. With this one I hope to win some really adorable baby shoes for one of my nieces to be. Also, amazing ideas! I've spent an hour browsing and added half a dozen projects to my to do list!
Love the CSI Project! Lots of great ideas there!