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131  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES / Seaside Sunset Lampshade on: May 05, 2006 05:22:19 AM
My wife is the crafter in the house, and I am more of an ideas/concepts person. I have aided her on some of her projects, but am not really into crafting. So, long story short, after seeing some examples from previous swaps, I had an idea for something unique, but my wife had other ideas. Hence, she forced me to do my own crafting.  Tongue Hehehe.

The concept was to not necessarily alter the art, but turn the art into something functional. So, I found this print of a sea scape at one of our local thrift shops. It was a pretty good find, considering the thrift shops here don't have too much variety. Since the picture was a sea scape, I went to Michaels and bought some stickers, shells, and charms. I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond and bought a small lamp shade. Here is a picture of my starting materials.

For the lamp shade, I peeled off the fabric, so that I would have a template to trace onto the picture for cutting the picture to fit the lamp shade. After cutting the picture to fit, I hot glued the picture to the bottom of the shade, pulled the picture taut, and hot glued the picture along the top of the shade.

Once the picture was affixed to the shade, I hot glued shells along the top and bottom of the shade, to give it some type of border. I had originally thought about beading, but decided against that, and kept with an ocean theme. At this point, I wasn't quite happy with the product because it was a little too plain. So, I went and bought some Sea Oat like plant from Joanne's. I trimmed the oats to size and hot glued them along the bottom of the shade. Then as a finishing touch, I took little charms (starfish, shells, seahorses, etc...) and hot glued them between the oats.

So, here is the finished product.

This first picture is with the camera flash on. This is so you can see the details.

The second picture is with the camera flash off. As you can see, it looks like a sunset, and you can still make out the landscape from the painting.

I hope everyone enjoys.

132  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Plumb Harlequin Foyer Wall on: January 16, 2006 12:49:57 PM

My apologies to not answering your questions more quickly. My wife didn't see your questions, until today.

In answer to your question about the Argyle. This is what Pinky and I did.

We have 9 foot Ceilings, so we took a chalk line and divided the wall horizontally into three equal areas. Accounting for a 4 inch base board, this works out to be approximately 34 inches from the ceiling for the first chalk line, and a second chalk line approximately 68 inches from the ceiling for 9 Foot Ceilings. Account for a 4 inch base board, For 8 foot ceilings, this would work out to first chalk line at about 30 inches from the ceiling, Second chalk line at about 60 inches from the ceiling. (Yes, I know that the bottom row of harlequins will be slightly larger than the others, but it is not really noticeable, unless you are some math savant, or something)

Starting with the left wall, we then took a piece of chalk, and along the the ceiling, baseboard, and the two chalk lines, we made a mark every 22 inches, until there wasn't enough room for another mark. For an 8 foot ceiling, I would consider marking off approximately 18 inches, which makes for close to the same shape as the 9ft Ceiling.

Once the chalk is on the wall, the paint job is a 4 step process (5 if you count priming the wall). Run tape, diagonally, through the chalk marks you made, starting at the ceiling (or line end at the wall), through the two lines, and ending at the base boards. Word of caution, it is extremely important to tape off the right areas, otherwise, the harlequins will not be the same size. When taping from Ceiling to Floor, make sure the tape is on the outside of the Harlequins, which you will be painting. Likewise, when taping between the long tape lines, make sure you tape on the outside of the Harlequins, which you will be painting.

It took us a little over 2 days, including priming the walls, to make the pattern. We waited between 8 and 10 hours between removing tape and taping off more Harlequins. Be sure to get the painters tape rated for more than three days. There were several places where we had to go back and touch-up because the tape took some paint off.

Lastly, as someone indicated in an earlier response, yes it would be easier to paint the wall with a base coat of paint, and just paint the accent harlequins. Unfortunately, we used a flat paint, which the chalk does not easily clean up off of. So, it was easier to paint over the chalk.

I know this was a little technical, so I will ask my wife to keep an eye on this post for follow-up questions.


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