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« on: August 11, 2010 11:07:33 PM »

We recently moved into a new apartment that is much larger than our last, and that has a real dining room (the last place had a low hanging light in a corner of the living room, that was about it)! In the process of moving I found an unused canvas that had been hidden away in the back of a closet for the last year and I decided that it should be put to use in the new dining room. My original idea was to have only the fork, but I didn't like how much negative space would be left because the fork is long and skinny and the canvas is square. So the spoon and knife also made an appearance. I'm really happy with how it turned out!


In it's new home:


The crafty part of the process was how I got the cutlery to look so nice. I wanted to project the image of my cutlery onto the canvas and I wasn't patient enough to wait for someone to be around to help, so here's what I did.
First, I taped the three pieces in the position I wanted on the back of a kitchen chair:

Then, I put the canvas directly across the room from this setup and I figured out where the flashlight would need to be to make the perfect shadow. To make the flashlight stay in this position without me holding it, I had to create the perfect stack of things on the seat of the chair for it to rest on:

I then closed the curtains, shut all the doors, and turned off the lights so I could see the shadow as clearly as possible. I used a white chalk pastel to trace the image on the canvas I had already painted blue:

Finally, I painted the cutlery in white so that the green would cover better:


I hope you like it! C&C always welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2010 11:15:46 PM »

How creative! I love it!! Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2010 03:11:02 AM »

I love this!
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2010 04:09:01 AM »

Clever and creative. I like the process and the product.
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2010 04:37:30 AM »

Genius!  You just opened up a whole world of new creativity for me. 

I love your art.  I makes me think of a modern version of those oversized ceramic utensils all our grandmothers had hanging on their walls.
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2010 08:33:18 AM »

wow, thanks for sharing!!!

hmmmm, I may try teapots

I wanted to do some tracing , but thanks to this tip, I don't need to invest in a light machine/ light box!!
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2010 09:01:21 AM »

What a fabulous idea! I'm going to borrow it!
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2010 10:42:55 AM »

What a great piece for your dining room! Thanks so much for including instructions. I featured this project on Craftster's Facebook page today.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2010 10:54:51 AM »

I love that you took something mundane like cutlery and made a piece of art out of it!  Awesome!!!

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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2010 11:41:11 AM »

Reminds me of my huge wooden fork and spoon in my kitchen.  This would ROCK next to my Kitchen Utensil Clock in my dining room!  Absolutely awesome job!!!
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