Well... maybe one more thing... or three...
Ballard Designs, oh, how you taunt me. Your catalogs are filled with furniture, fabric, and pretties that I want, want, want! And you know I can't shop right now.
Seriously... do you get this catalog? I find every page of each issue so inspirational.
This week was no exception. I turned the page and came across this.
I'm dreaming daily of my future sewing room and thought that a similar project would be perfect for my space, with a personal spin.
I gathered my supplies.
3 - 12" x 12" art canvases
My old book (purchased for projects like this)
Any ol' craft brush I could find in my son's art supplies
You can see that Ballard's artwork is fashioned out of newsprint. I planned to utilize fabric layered over book pages. And, rather than fashion images, I wanted to depict dress-making icons. I found some images that I was able to convert into silhouettes. I used Adobe Illustrator to create my templates.
I estimated that I'd need 8 pages to cover each canvas. I used the ruler and X-Acto knife to remove a total of 24 pages from my old book. I wanted the pages to have straight edges, rather than torn.
I applied a thin coat of Mod Podge to the back of each page and applied in alternate directions until the canvas was covered.
**Lesson Learned** Because the pages are layering on top of each other, it is important to apply the Mod Podge in a thin coat. The thicker the coat, the longer it takes to dry. You can see from the photo below, my pages wrinkled in the spots where the Mod Podge was too thick.
I used my templates to cut out the shapes and affixed the fabric to the canvas with Mod Podge.
By the way, I apologize for the quality of these photos. I was working on this late last night so natural light was absent!