Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Little Bit of Paris

I love Parisian-inspired art, maybe that's why I'm always creating it. Yes, I am lucky enough to have gone to Paris, but that was 25 years ago, yet the mystery and the allure of the city still stay with me. My sister, brother-in-law, and I visited the city for only three days, but we packed a lot into those days -- and we have some funny stories to share (but, that's a whole other post).
I just finished working on these little Parisian inspired plaques. I wish I would have taken a "before" picture because they were the 1960's green with decoupaged pictures of flowered mushrooms and kittens. Now, I don't have anything against mushrooms and kittens, but, well, I kind of like them better now.

To create: I painted them a light cream, then distressed them lightly. I then stamped French script on them and then distressed the edges with ink. The labels were given to me by my sis a while back (Thanks!) and I wanted to make them a little more vintage and time-worn, so I distressed the edges with "Vintage photo" distressed ink by Tim Holtz (love that stuff). I let it dry a couple days and used gel medium to attach and seal the labels. 


I love how they turned out and planned to use them in my bathroom, but, they didn't really work there. So, they will be going into my etsy shop! 


Well, I've got to clean up the mess I made, and clean the rest of the house...lots of work. We have out of town relatives coming to stay with us tomorrow and we're in for another fun weekend!
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9 comments:

Junker Newbie Stephanie said...

I LOVE these! We're hopefully headed to Paris for the first time next year :-)

Oh, I'm visiting from the Shabby Chic linky and my linky was also French today!

http://junkernewbie.blogspot.com

firstnightdesign said...

Beautiful Parisian delights! About to tweet Stephanie's tweet about them.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

How many of those hideous old pictures have I passed by?! What a great idea to transform them the way you did! Lovely job!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

This is a great trash-to-treasure post!!! I can't believe these cute French pictures were once mushrooms and kittens!!! Great job!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

love these! they turned out so pretty!

stacie said...

I do remember those funny stories! One birthday I will never forget!

A Rosy Note said...

Oh, those turned out so nice! I love the French script in the background. I hope I make it to France someday :)

The Cranky Queen said...

Those turned out great! Don't you love to recycle? Thanx for sharing. Tiffany

Jamie said...

These are incredible!!!! I LOVE your style