Tuesday, February 21, 2012

No. 2

I have been in love with this image for a long time. I had an old door from an armoire I knew it would look great on, so this Presidents Day with kids milling around I found my peace painting this.

It was an easy project. You could also do this with a paint pen or the Citra Solv method, but as I've mentioned before I love to paint so I painted it.

I took the old door and painted it out with old white chalk paint 
(a homemade recipe for this found here )

Next I transfered the image from Graphics Fairy, LOVE HER, onto my piece using a print out of the image and graphite paper. I make my own graphite paper by shaving the lead of a number 2 pencil (or softer lead if you have it) and then rubbing it on the back of the image. It puts a thin layer of graphite on the back of the image and then you can easily transfer it right onto your piece. I just put guide lines on mine and hand painted the details by looking at the original print.

Now if you look closely (please don't!), you'll see that the painting for this is really just a bunch of little hash marks and lines. The image is an engraving so the painting isn't really anything but little lines.

Here it is after just the Bee and Wreath. I felt it was missing something.
ahh a number. A French Number!

I simply used Academy Engraved font to make the number. It is a nice looking engraved type and works great for making the Frenchy looking numbers!

It was really that simple. I love the way it turned out and hope you enjoy the project!

I think I will add some small hooks to the sides and make this a 
jewelry organizer in my bathroom.

Why the number 2? I am so very happy at this stage in my life and when trying to come up with what number to use I thought to myself...2 because my husband and I are so happy being a part of 2 instead of 1's alone. 
Goofy I know, but that's how I came up with it.

I am off to do massive cleaning. No good deed goes unpunished and my having fun painting and playing with kids means much housework to catch up on. Have a great day and...
Until next time Dear Reader,

Chatty Cathy

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  1. That looks fabulous! I have always loved that image too! Are you using the doorknob as a hook?
    What a great place for a kitchen towel...with a bee of course!

    1. Thanks, yes I'm using the knob as a hook for jewelry. I am already planning some kitchen towels with this image.

  2. I love this... thank you so much for sharing your tutorial.

    1. Thank you Geneva for your comment and for visiting my blog. I hope you will decide to join if you haven't already and follow all the wonderful things we make here at Chatty Cathy

  3. This turned out great, love it!

    AND I noticed that you put my button on your side bar....thank you!!!!!!!!

    1. Oh you are quite welcome! Thanks for the wonderful comment.

  4. How cute, I love the graphic. thanks for sharing at my newbie party.

    1. Debbie thanks for all you do for us Newbies! I appreciate you featuring me on your blog! Highlight of my MONTH!

  5. LOVE IT!! Just saw you featured over at Debbie's.

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you'll visit again real soon!