Yesterday I showed the new “Paris” plaque that I designed. I really enjoyed making it and I loved the simplicity of the design as well as the pretty fretwork frame. I really appreciated the nice comments that were made regarding it, as I always try to make something that is both fun to make as well as appealing.
I loved the color of the natural maple that I used for the plaque. But what really had inspired me to make this plaque was one of the memory papers that I had come across recently.
When I saw these beautiful ‘tone on tone’ striped designs, I just knew I had to use one of them for a “Paris” plaque. And even though I am not a ‘pink’ person, I knew the color I would use would be pink.
It’s funny how thing work that way. Just seeing this softly striped paper immediately brought my mind to a place and I could clearly envision just how I wanted the project to be.
Even though I loved the way it looked yesterday, I made up a second version of it and added the pink paper as a background, as well as some beautiful crystal rhinestone accents. I think the resulting plaque looks really cool:
I even found a use for one of my heart shaped crystal rhinestones that I purchased from Rhinestone Canada:
At $2.50 for a gross of these little heart shaped beauties, I just couldn’t pass them up when I was purchasing my stones! Now I only have 143 left to play with! ;)
I also used some gorgeous fuchsia stones on the frame, which brought out the background beautifully. I could have used soft pink and it would have looked pretty as well, but since I needed to photograph this for the pattern, I thought the fuchsia stones would work better. I wasn’t disappointed.
Of course, Keith was rather mocking me along the way because I added “bling” (again!) to one of my projects. I don’t think he will ever understand the logic of the ‘necessity’ of adding something sparkly to the mix. At the risk of sounding sexist, I believe it has something to do with ‘not being female.’ (I know you girls understand!)
But to me, this changes the look of the project completely. It went from an attractive project to something that is so feminine and pretty. Wouldn’t this look great in a young woman’s room, or a powder room? It looks so romantic and pretty to me – and it epitomizes how I envision Paris.
If one were not keen on using the paper and decoupage method, the background could very easily be sponged in soft colors of pink and white with a nice result. No real painting skill is needed, and the final look would be very similar. But playing with these papers was fun and another way to use the DecoArt Decoupage Medium. It is all so much fun!
Today I will be writing the instructions for this pattern and getting the site ready for another update. Hopefully we will be updated by tomorrow.
I was so happy to hear how much you all liked this simpler design. I have many more similar designs in mind, and I am going to have a great time bringing them to you.
Have a great Tuesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"