I hadn’t done a newsletter since February, I think the winter just dragged me down down down. Like everyone else, it’s just gone on too long. I wanted to share this project because I that it might be just the ticket to kick us all out of our doldrums and I am sure my newsletter folks won’t mind. If you haven’t signed up, you can do son on my side bar…just pop in your email and your all set!
Five bucks, that’s what this project cost, plus some papers from my stash….who doesn’t love a project for $5.
I found an old lamp shade, and quite a nice tall one at my local thrift. It’s 14″ tall and 14″ across, quite big and I was thrilled to see it on the shelf. These big shades are hard to come by and I have in mind to turn it into a hanging lamp with an LED bulb inside, energy conservation is where it’s at.
Plain old vanilla linen, but not too badly stained. I dug out some bright, teals and neutral hand made papers(think Paper Source and Dick Blick in the US). A bit of orange of course and some vintage book pages, vintage song sheets and some map bits. Collage pauge is my glue of choice so I liberally applied it both to the shade and the papers. There are wrinkles, there are some bubbles but I quite like the texture…When it was finished, I used a metallic blue to painted the stained top and bottom edges and to randomly brush some marks all over the papers. Dried for 24 hours and applied more sealer, another 24 hours and another coat of sealer.
Voila, new, colorful and makes me oh so happy lamp shade. Here are a few shots round the shade.
Thanks to Sharon Borsavage for that wonderful printed tissue she wrapped one of my etsy buys in. I’ve been waiting for just the right project to use it one, and now I have it.