Thursday, 20 February 2014

For the Nursery

This project is only my second using MDF pre-cut shapes.  As I was making it for my new grandchild without knowing the sex I wanted to use colours that were appropriate for either sex, that had a slightly vintage feel and were colourful enough for a baby's room.  To start the project the MDF is painted with a layer of white gesso, back and front.  Then acrylic paints are used to colour the letters, with low tack masking tape protecting one colour from another.  The teddy bear is treated in the same way, choosing a colour from the ones used on the letters.  When all the paint is dry a pro-marker is used to add a mock stitching detail to the letters, and features to the teddy bear.  I chose to use the same stamps for this project as I used for the baby cards.  The images are stamped and heat embossed on to white card, then coloured with pro-markers.  The images are cut out and distress ink added to the edges.   The tiled images and the centre panel are glazed with triple heat embossing with clear ink and powders.  Some gingham ribbon is added along the middle line of the artwork to cover the edges where one colour of paint meets another, and a couple of buttons are threaded with ribbon and attached to each end of the central ribbon.  A piece of ribbon is added to the teddy bear to give the effect of a bow around it's neck.  The stamped pieces are attached to the artwork with dimesional glue. The teddy bear is attached with more ribbon to complete the project.

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