Saturday, February 13, 2016

Progress on Lundby Renovation

At last I have finished all of the new wallpaper and the flooring in my Lundby house! Now I am going to revamp some of the old furniture and make a bunch of new stuff for the house. Some of the vintage Lundby will be left as is, like all the couches and chairs, which can work ok with my color palette. I know that the big room with the gelli print wallpaper and the black and white floor is going to be my main art studio. I need to make a lot of shelving and tables and art stuff for that room, so that is probably where I will start as soon as I get a couple of the bedrooms situated. The purple, blue, and aqua flooring with the little raised dots on it was inspired by a house I was in that had every room a different color and it was fabulous. The flooring was some kind of hardish rubber with a texture like round flat dots, kind of like the top of Lego. Very easy to keep clean. While working on this project, I am also working on my 1/12 scale house. I am almost finished with the walls in there, so I will have lots to make for that one too. Both of my houses need work on the outside as well...never ending process, just like a real house, but way more fun.

Gelli Print Collage On Canvas

Gelli® print collage...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Happy Little Birdhouse Cabinet

Found this birdhouse cabinet at a garage sale. I love anything shaped like a cute little house. It had some small issues with the hinges on the door, but I used some wood filler and a few new screws and it seems to be fine. It was ok like it was before, I guess, but I think it is a whole lot happier now that is covered in my Gelli® prints. It is about 22" high to the top of the chimney. If I were a bird I would love to live here :) products used...DecoArt Media Matte Medium, Americana acrylics in Snow (Titanium) White and Lamp (Ebony) Black

ho hum birdhouse cabinet before...

happy birdhouse cabinet after...

Friday, January 29, 2016

2015 Gelli Print Favorites

These are some of my very favorite Gelli® prints from 2015. I love all of my prints for one reason or another, but some of them are easier to cut up than others for my "old stuff beautification" projects. These prints will probably not be cut up and used to make something else beautiful. I think they may become framed art all on their own...

Mixed Media Birdhouse Canvas

Birdhouse Canvas...Acrylic paint on 12x12 gallery wrap canvas. Birdhouses made from Gelli® print scraps. Stencils used are Dot Fade by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous, and a journaling stencil by Chatter Box called Funky. The round black stamps are from the Limor Circles set by IndigoBlu and the white circles are made with a bottle cap. The thick black line stamps on the one side were made using the end of a makeup sponge. The three flowers along the bottom are made of chipboard, painted with acrylics. The spirals in the centers of the flowers are from the Tiny Backgrounds stamp set by Hero Arts. Black outlines and flower stems made using Derwent Inktense pencil and a black extra fine point Painters paint pen. The white accents on the birdhouses are white gel pen by Uniball Signo.

Altered Calendar/Address Books Project

Hello...I gave these cute little hardcover calendar/address books from The Dollar Tree a colorful makeover. First they got a few coats of DecoArt Media white gesso on the outside covers. My intention was to paint the inside covers too, but when I tried to gesso them, they started to wrinkle up pretty badly, so I decided to just stick some gelli print scraps in there instead. Americana acrylic paints (colors shown in photo below) and my hand carved eraser stamps were used to decorate the background. Then I got out my little box of gelli print scraps and made a long-legged birdie and some flowers for one of the books, and a heart for the back of the other. The little girl on the front of the second book is a paper doll I made many years ago. I am keeping that book for myself. I finished them up with black outlines and some little white dots and circles, and added a piece of blue ribbon on one and a piece of black silk cord on the other for book marks. The black cord has a bead I made from polymer clay on the end of it.




Friday, January 1, 2016

Vintage Lundby Renovation

I won this vintage Lundby house on ebay in an auction in which I was the only bidder. It came to me from Minnesota and the house needs quite a bit of TLC, but it was full of some awesome vintage Lundby furniture including lots of lights and two transformers. It also came with two extensions. I got the third one elsewhere. I am still in search of the Lundby Stockholm house to add to my complex. I will soon be getting an education on dollhouse electrics repair since a lot of it needs attention. I already got two new Lundby electrics kits on Amazon though, so I am ready to get it all situated when I get to that point. First I am wallpapering the whole thing. The vintage wallpaper is way too dull for me, so I am using scrapbook paper and some of my gelli prints to brighten things up a bit. It is a slow process, but I am getting there. I have so far been unsuccessful finding Lundby templates online, which would make it quite a bit easier to cut everything to fit perfectly. I understand they are available, so if anyone knows where to go for that, please let me know. I will be furnishing this house with vintage Lundby where I can, and also stuff that I make. I love love love the mid-century modern and the ultra modern minis, but some of them are crazy expensive, so I am going to explore the options for making some cool modern stuff myself. Here is the Lundby house before I started...

After wallpapering the top house part, still have to do baseboards and top molding in those rooms...