There’s no place like home – aka – Dorothy and her shiny red shoes. That’s what kept going through my mind as I looked at Jamie Fingal’s stencil Houses. Her inviting cottage houses covered in flowering vines reminded me of our own bitsy abode nestled into the shady glen by the pond. I was completely entranced by the notion of HOME and how much I adore tiny cottages. So I set about to create a cottage home wall hanging for my own house. I took some white burlap and folded it over and wonky hand stitched it leaving an opening at the top for a hanger and an opening at the bottom for further embellishment.
I printed out the stencil onto a painted background using a black Stazon ink pad and cut the houses out individually.
I chose the three that were the most cottage like and after painting white acrylic paint onto the burlap to give the paper a place to stick, I glued them down using gel medium.
Then I set about playing and embellishing with paper flowers from Prima, heart shaped buttons a bit of lace stitched on, hand made paper as a border and black foam letters on grunge board. Batik fabrics were torn and used to make a fringe. Some bright acrylic paints -which I painted directly onto the burlap gave the hanging some cheery color. A piece of driftwood complete the composition and acts as the hanger. You can see all the step in the gallery below. You can enlarge all of the photos to capture the detail.
No hop would be complete without the hoppers so here are the players and please visit them all to win the giveaway – ALSO – TA DA – I am giving away a SIGNED COPY of Mary Beth Shaw’s book Flavor For Mixed Media to all the people who complete the hop, so put on your HOUSE bunny slippers and get hopping.
Corrine Gilman — that’s me…