Mar 31, 2007

Asian Wastebasket Reconstruction Project

It's interesting what projects come your way as you follow your artistic path. This is one of those. I was approached with the challenge to reconstruct an item treasured by a family member who had passed away several years ago. The desire was to have this Asian wastebasket restored to some level of attractiveness and also functionality.
This situation brings with it a certain sense of responsibility to save a keepsake worth more than just money. Since the wastebasket is 25 - 30 years old, it was an intense process working to remove the silk and paper figures on the eight sides of the container. Some of the male figures have hair beards and all of the figures consisted partly of very thin paper embellishments. Delicate is an understatement. Unfortunately, I was unable to save most of the tiny shoes peeking out from under the garments; made from the thin paper previously described, they literally disintegrated during the removal process. I am happy that I was able to save from 95-100% of the detail. I also felt preserving what I salvaged and mounting each figure on a mat before adding it to the base structure was more important than trying to make replacement parts from cobbled materials.
After eight hours of work and a lot of acid-free materials, I'm pleased with the results.

Mar 29, 2007

Wedding Album - Page 1

One of the current projects I'm working on is a wedding album for two great people in my life. They were married last October on the beach at sunset on the Oregon Coast. The picture shown here is of the first page in the album. Dark purple and lavender velvet papers were used as accents with shiny gold and small touches of green velvet. The shells were punched with a Whale punch and the greenery is a Shaper punch. The lettering is QuicKutz "Indigo" with hand cut gold matting and the linked hearts were die cut with the QuicKutz nested heart die. There is a transparent overlay covering most of the photograph and the lower left hand corner was stamped with StazOn Cotton White ink. Making my own overlays is something new in my arsenal of techniques and something I'll be using more. It was fun and easy with high impact. The base paper is NRN Designs Diamond and Circle embossed paper. Stay tuned for more pages on this project over the coming weeks.

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