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Well, I made it past week two! Yippee! I had a really fun time putting together my banner project for week three. Here's my entry for the DecoArt challenge - with the pixelation removed from the photos.
I'm so excited and honored to have made it past the first round of competition! There were some pretty amazing projects put forth last week, and I'm sure this week will be just as inspiring (and intimidating)!
I had great intentions of finding a cool thrift store frame to use, but after scouring three different stores in the area, I had to go to plan B - an open back frame from Hobby Lobby for 50% off. It ended up being only a little more than the prices I was seeing for frames at the thrift stores. I painted the frame with DecoArt Desert Turquoise Americana acrylic paint, then mixed and applied a wash made from water and DecoArt Raw Umber to get into the nooks and crannies. I ragged most of the wash off using scraps of an old t-shirt. Finally I used DecoArt DuraClear gloss varnish to seal the paint and give it a brilliant shine. I ended up with an accidental faux verdigris finish that is really pretty!
For the shadowbox and blocks, I built a box to fit in the frame from a piece of plywood and some poplar 1/4"x2" pieces of wood. I cut and sanded the 2"x4"s to fit nicely in the frame. I brushed on the same wash to stain the blocks and then decoupaged the trimmed photos to both sides of the blocks.
Now Grandma can swap and rearrange photos as she likes, and I can always make additional photo blocks as grandbabies get older.