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.
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.
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.
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
Craft Paint: DecoArt
Ink Spray: Dylusions
Ink: Prima Marketing
Dimensional Ink: Pearl Pen by Viva Decor
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Thanks so much for swimmin' by,