Friday, August 23, 2013

A Fishy Wall Hanging

The Project
I made this framed wall hanging of my nephew, Fisher, eating fish for the first time. His reaction was a happy thumbs up. Since his name, the food and baby shower tag (orange fish) are all fish related, I chose an underwater theme. 

The Sketch
Today is my last day as a guest designer with Sketches in Thyme. I was given this 2 paged sketch to work with. A great way to design a horizontal wall hanging is to use a 2 paged sketch as the base. 

Variations on Sketch #121
  • I only had 3 photos of Fisher instead of the 6 photos in the sketch. Also for a wall hanging, I wanted larger photos. As a solution, I took the larger background patterned paper block and made that the photo block.
  • I took the row of photos and made that a strip of patterned papers. 
  • I used a tag from his baby shower as the journaling and moved that to one corner as an embellishment cluster. 

The Details
I had a picture frame meant for a collage of pictures. I used an X-Acto knife to cut out the central portion of the mat so I ended up with just one central rectangle. The rectangular space was much wider than 12 inches across so if I used two pieces of paper in the background, there would be an obvious vertical seam. My solution was to make my own background design. I sprayed some Dylusions Ink Sprays in blues and yellow on the cardboard backing that was already in the frame. I then painted on a wavy design with some blue craft paint. 

To build upon my background, I placed the photo block on top. Then on top of the photo block, I added a row of 1" squares. Like with tiling a floor, I found the middle of space and adhered the squares starting from the center. That way the squares would end up evenly spaced on both sides of the frame. 

Here is a look at the title section. 

Here is a look at the journaling cluster. I used some clear pearls for air bubbles along with adding some smaller dots with a Pearl Pen. This set of fish is from a different company than the ones by the title, so to unify them, I later added some goggly eyes to these too.

Frame: Columbia
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants, Little Yellow Bicycle, My Mind’s Eye
Alphabet Stickers: Colorbok, Doodlebug Design
Felt Stickers: Sassafras, Just Brads & Eyelets
Brads: Just Brads & Eyelets
Jewels: Kaisercraft
Craft Paint: DecoArt
Ink Spray: Dylusions
Ink: Prima Marketing
Dimensional Ink: Pearl Pen by Viva Decor

I'm entering this in:
Simply Create Too: Challenge #44 For a Child
Crafts-Too Challenge You: Summer Days, Beach Colors

Thanks so much for swimmin' by,


Mirabyll said...

Love the color combinations! The photos are sooo sweet!!!

Emily Adams said...

Great idea to use a two-page sketch as the inspiration for a wall hanging. It turned out great!

Erica said...

This is such a cute idea!!

Becki Adams said...

Beautiful project.
i love the misting! Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog <3

Susie Bentz: My Time to Play said...

Wonderful - the square tiles look like quilt squares!

Brenda Brown said...

Such a beautiful summery layout and summer colours. Thanks for linking this to the Summer Days challenge at Crafts-Too Challenge You.
hugs {brenda} x0x

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