FWF - Garden Wall Plaque

Yesterday hubby and I went out for our usual date day, we had breakfast, morning tea and lunch all out in between doing some shopping.  On the way home we stopped at Bunning's Hardware to pick up a couple of things and whilst there we were looking at some Bamboo Flooring which we have in mind to lay in part of our home, when I spotted their laminate flooring samples which were available to purchase for a small cost.


These  samples are a light weight piece of laminate measuring approx 19.5cm x 36cm and which have a hole at the top perfect for hanging on a hook.

I grabbed a handful thinking these would make great wall hangings.  
So last night I couldn't resist having a play.



Laminate Flooring is somewhat scratch resistant so trying to sand with sandpaper is useless so I reached for my Gesso and gave it a light coating and then immediately started gluing all sorts of paper over it, book pages, tissue paper, scrap bits of green toned papers and then in between any gaps I took my green toned gelatos and scribbled into the spaces.  I wet brushed this in and then took more white and green tissue paper and layered over the top to tone down the background.

My flower, vine leaves were both stamps from a recent Unity Grab Bag I received and the Butterflies are from the Unity January 2012 Kit of the Month.



My flowers and vines were stamped on book pages, tissue paper and directly to the panel.  I used some punchinella and white and green paint to add interest as well as some stamping with a smaller black flower stamp.  My Butterflies and quote are stamped onto copy paper cut out and stuck down, colored with Gelatos and I have highlighted my butterfly with a Metallic Letraset Marker.  This quote is one of my favorites which I thought would be perfect for a Garden Wall Hanging.  I have this on a stamp also, but as it is small, I used a recently brought alphabet set to stamp the words.


For further interest and texture to the bottom half of my panel I stenciled some impasto gel medium using my Damask Stencil and buffed this lightly with some white and green gelato.  I also added one fussy cut vine which had been stamped onto a green scrap piece of paper. 

It is this type of creating that I love, getting messy and blending color around with my fingers, needless to say that when I was called to dinner I had to wash my hands for about five minutes and still haven't got it all off.

I hope you all have a great weekend and thanks so much for stopping by.

I am linking this project up with the following challenges:-

Unity Stamp Co - Friends with Flair
Crafting with Dragonflies - #8 Alter Something
Flutter By Wednesdays - #247 (Must have a butterfly or fairy)

35 comments:

The Robins Nest OCrowley said...

Very cool!

Danni said...

This is just gorgeous! Wow!! Thank you for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!!

Julie Short said...

Great find Danie! It is very cool indeed! Gesso rules!

Tenia Nelson said...

So so GORGEOUS!!

Ruby said...

This is stunning. What a great find and the results are beautiful. TFS

Kris B said...

What a beautiful project! You have a wonderful imagination! I would have never thought to make something from a floor sample!

Jen said...

Ahh... what a clever idea and what a lovely result! Nice job!

Linda said...

What a beautiful project... I love the pretty butterflies.

Cynthia said...

Wow, what a fun mixed media project, Danie. Love the sentiment as well!

Dawn Barrett said...

oh...amazing in everyway...and so inspiring. I need to make one of these thoughtful sayings a personal mantra!

cal8007 said...

Great thing you are able to enter this in three different challenges! Love your layering and the colors are so bright and go together so well!

Carmen L

Kary said...

What a creative project, Danie May!! Love the butterflies and the sentiment. Gorgeous colours. TFS.

cinmfoster said...

This is beautiful. Awesome job.
Cindy F

scrapper al said...

Love this! Thanks for the details and thought process you went through. Very inspiring!

Susan Hogan said...

What a find. I do like the idea of a date day too - must instigate this! Your ingenuity is amazing and your love of messy is boundless obviously. A great take on our challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies - I love the stuff you do and I love the Craft Stamper mag as well; you should put this in there!

Lizzyc said...

Oh you are so clever picking up the tile samples and making a wall hanging.. this looks wonderful.. lots of texture and beautiful elements.. love it..

Gaylynn said...

Super crafty Danie. Using the tiles for this magical creation if so creative. Love that sentiment. Perfect. :)

Angeline Choo said...

This is stunning !!! Love it love it love it!

Ina said...

I agree what a fabulous find and more so what you did with it. I can see you and your craft room getting messy lol with all the bits and bobs you added. Love the colours you used for your great piece of altered art. Thanks for joining us at Crafting with Dragonflies. Ina

Tammy said...

Absolutely wonderful and so clever! Love the rich colors and textures! Fabulous display for the sentiment!

MiamiKel said...

Oh my word, Danie! You captured a beautiful piece of wood and turned it into a stunning work of art - love the vibrant blues and green. Amazing!

Lindsey said...

Beautiful! What an inspired idea... and inspired finished art!

Julie Odil said...

Oh my goodness! What a fantastic idea, and I love how this turned out!

Beejay said...

Lovely piece!

Lynn McAuley said...

This is amazing, Danielle! What a beautiful piece!!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Beautiful! I love the saying!

Kyla said...

oh this is a fabulous idea and looks really effective.
Thanks for visiting my WOYWW already.
kyla

Rachel W K said...

what an awesome use of materials! this is beautiful
-Rachel w k
rwkrafts.com

JPScraps said...

Wow!! Gorgeous! I think I need to run to the hardware store :)

Nan G said...

So cool! Love your colors! Good to hear gesso stuck to this finish as I have large samples of Formica (for counter tops) that I'm going to use as an altered plaque. Thanks for the inspiration!

Donna Mack said...

Great project! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Miwa said...

Wow, what a gorgeous project! I love it!

Michelle said...

Very very cool!

judith@poppy cottage said...

Fabulous project, the colours are lovely, and it is a great piece of recycling. Thanks for joining us at Crafting with Dragonflies, Judith xx

Zella said...

Super creative! And great way to recycle a board that would just be tossed...turning it into a beautiful piece of work!!!