Sunday, July 10, 2016

Frilly and Funky Challenge

My post today is for my very first blog challenge for the Frilly and Funky Challenge Blog! To answer the challenge theme of "All in the Family," I created an upcycled photo display using a wood plaque that was on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  I LOVE turning trash to treasure!

 I tore off the damaged script and painted the entire piece with a base coat of gesso.  Then I used a coat of blue acrylic paint; after that dried I dry brushed brown acrylic paint, allowing some of the blue to show through.  A heat gun helped everything to dry a bit more quickly (for those of us that are impatient).  I adhered some torn pages from an old book, but they honestly don't show much after I put everything else together.  

The background patterned papers were edged with brown ink and a bit of Inka Gold before adhering to the wood.  The flower is made with die cut book pages, edged with ink and glittered using a Wink of Stella glitter pen. I love those pens because they add just a touch of glitter and really let you control the amount you use on a project.   I copied the photo on regular copy paper, then colored it a bit using chalks; I love the soft "colorized" kind of look it gives.  

This photo was taken in the late 1940's; the little girl on the left was my mother, then my grandfather; the taller girl was my aunt.  This photo is special to me as it shows family although no longer with me, they are still alive in my memories.   

Materials used:

*wood plaque (or a plain wood frame)
*gesso (if prepping the surface is needed)
*brown & blue acrylic paint
*Inka Gold (or a gold paint pen would work)
*patterned paper
*letter tiles (mine were stickers)
*flower die
*book pages
*pearl brad, pearl trim


  1. Susan your art is beautiful! I love that you used a beautiful photo of your mom, aunt and grandfather. You need to do one more thing to link this up correctly. Either click on the title of your post which will take you to the exact url for your post or just hover over the title and right click to copy the url of your post and then add that to the challenge post on frilly and funkie's inlinkz to link directly to this blog post. Right now you are linked to your blog but the challenge requires you to be linked directly to your post! Beautiful entry for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge and so happy that you decided to play along with us!

  2. You are so clever! Love the vintage look and flowers. I can't wait to see what's next!

    1. Thank you for visiting and for the nice comments, I so appreciate it!

  3. Wow! I just love this! The painted background is gorgeous. I'm so glad you decided to join in on the All in the Family Challenge at Frilly and Funkie! Well done, you!

    1. Thanks, Kathy, for your comment! This is making for such a fun summer now that I can be a part of these types of challenges.

  4. Susan, I'm so happy you entered the All in the Family challenge at F and F with this plaque! I love that you recycled a clearance castoff and made it into this family heirloom! That photos is amazing!

    Thank you for your really sweet comment on my blog! I really appreciate it! Hugs!

  5. Fabulous recycled project that showcases your family photo so nicely. Love the colour you added to the photo (reminds me of some photos that my Mother-in-Law did the same way) and then carried to your paper and the flower. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  6. Thank you! I so appreciate your feedback!

  7. This is so amazing, I am in love with it! The photo is priceless and works beautifully with your colors and design. Congrats on your win at F&F! <3

  8. Thank you so much! I have loved the idea of answering art challenges for awhile, and am so excited to finally be able to do this. I really appreciate your comments!