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Topic: The Van Gogh Compromise, or, I needed a nice lampshade  (Read 1282 times)
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« on: January 13, 2010 12:06:24 PM »

So I found this gorgeous lamp at a thrift store for $8, but no lampshade.  I'm fairy cheap and can't bring myself to spend $20 or more on just a shade.  However, I had this ugly old accordion shade that I found on the side of the road--I love that place--so I decided to use the bones of it.  I dithered for a while between mediums: paint? paper? fabric?  Then, one fortuitous afternoon, I found several skeins of art yarn at Hobby Lobby in perfect colors for my bedroom--for $1.83 each.  Score!  

Now for scandalous confession time: I don't care for Van Gogh.  Aack! some of you sputter, he's a genius! impressionist master! color palette! brush strokes!  blah blah blah.  I know all that stuff.  Still don't like him.  His works make me depressed.  I don't like tiramisu, either, so something's clearly wrong with my brain.

All that aside, Hubby looooooves Van Gogh.  So I decided to work the yarn across the lampshade in swirls a la Starry Night.  And behold:

The whole shebang

The "before" shot

Getting started

Ready for my close-up, Mr. Demille . . .

Let there be light!
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2010 12:20:06 PM »

I like it!! Especially with the light on. And I am no fan of Mr. Van Gogh.

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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2010 03:46:03 PM »

So I LOVE the look, especially with the light on- I am somewhat a VanGogh fan. I feel he is over exposed, but his work is interesting.

So silly question, I can't tell for sure- Did you glue the yarn on, or just swirl it through paint? I can't tell if I'm looking at 3D or 2D application. Love it either way! May have to steal this idea when I finally redo our bedroom. The previous owners had pretty neutral taste, so I haven't hated anything enough to be motivated to change it. That is good and bad.

« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2010 05:39:21 PM »


It's actually yarn that I just glued on in spirals using Aleene's Tacky glue.  It is very tactile and everyone who sees it pets it a couple times!

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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2010 09:09:56 PM »

That's freakin' awesome.  I love tactile art.  And with the light on it looks really cool.  :-D
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