[Private Commission] Wall Art: Faith, Hope, Love

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A custom-made wall art based from the one I had listed ages ago on my Esty shop (which btw, is closed for the next couple of months while im away and while working on rebranding the blog) This was made as a wedding present back in May where I played with several patterns and textures before settling for this floral one. I’ve now made another since then so it definitely seems like a winner! :)  So if you are looking to get something similar done, then just drop me a line via the Contacts Page. xxx

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[Handmade gifts] Hush Little Baby

And here’s another one I made, that will be available on my Etsy shop later today. This piece is bigger than the one in my last post, measuring 30 x 40 cm. White card stock is used for the cutout piece which is mounted on recycled brown card – a more neutral and organic look. Again, this can be done in different colours (for both the cut-out piece and the backing board)  so if you fancy something custom-made for whatever the occasion, simply drop me a line via my ‘contact page‘.

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[Handmade Gifts]: Faith. Hope. Love. but the greatest of these is love

This is taken from one of my favorite verses from the Bible (1 Corinthians 13:13) and one that we used at our wedding  that I find so understatedly powerful. And whether you are religious or not, I think these three words can be so poignant to all aspects of our lives; from career paths to relationships to general lifestyle. In this day an age where we live in the fast lane, driven by ambition, financial and social statuses, and materialistic things, I do find myself musing over what’s important in life, and it’s those days when I stop to reassess, I realise how much strength and peace you can seek from just living by these three simple words. Anyway, I’m not here to philosophise but show you how I turned those three words into a bespoke wall art for the home….or for a special occasion! :)

It’s a paper-cutout technique I love (and used many times before) where the layout is first designed, mapped out, each letter individually hand cut and then mounted in a way that it sits a couple of millimeters off the backing card to give you that beautiful shadow gap between the two planes (it’s the architectural side of me coming out here, sorry!) This piece fits an 8×10″ box frame and can be made using various backing card stock to suit your home decor. I’m going to be listing this up on my Etsy shop soon, along with a couple of other ‘paper-cutout’ wall art pieces, so I’ll keep you posted when I do! I can obviously do custom pieces based on your requirements, so if you’re interested – I may be the gal for you! :) x

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[D.I.Y. Gifts]: Hand-cut wall art for a 1st Holy Communion

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My niece was having her 1st holy Communion celebration over the weekend and not really knowing what to get or where to find the right kind of gifts for this special occasion I decide to make something unique to give to her. A bible or a cross pendant are normally what you’d give but I opted to pick a verse from the bible that would be a source of inspiration to her now and all throughout her life. We picked a short but poignant verse from the book of Isaiah (chapter 42, verse 10) and decided to cut the letters out by hand and then have it framed in a lovely white box frame so that it sat a few millimeters off the brown backboard. I felt the play on shadows between the letters added a nice touch. I then made a greeting card with the words ‘Faith, Hope, Love‘ (from the book of Corinthian, chapter 13) cut out in a similar style to the wall art and stuck onto a brown recycled card so the two things tied in nicely. Here’s how they both turned out. xx
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[D.I.Y. Gifts] Personalised Wall Art for baby girl

IMG_7108 WEBCommissioned work for another new baby – this time for a little girl! :) I was really pleased to have been asked to make this after the first one received many compliments. The letters and numbers were all hand cut and then hand stamped before getting it framed. If you’d like a personalised wall art for a new born baby present or for any occassion……..you know where to find me! ;) xx IMG_7103 WEBIMG_7114 WEB

[D.I.Y. Gifts]: Personalised ‘Baby Boy’ wall art

BLOG_STRIP babyboy_joshua 3bThis is the second half of the present for the Macpherson’s little boy (who by the way is soooooooo darn adorable!!!).  I had been pretty set on the idea of doing a paper-craft wall art before moving onto the baby grow and from the many ideas (and experimental runs) this what I ended up going for. I have a feeling I’m going to be told that i’m nuts for having cut each and every letter and number by hand when there are advanced gadgets out there that make the process a whole lot easier. But in my defense, I do actually enjoy the art of doing things by hand……..even though it takes that tad bit longer!

Anyhoo, I played around with the chosen text in InDesign making sure that it all lined up etc. Once that was done, I printed it off onto tracing paper. The reason for this, is so that I can outline the edges of the lettering using a pencil (note: on the reverse side of the paper!).  I then placed it the right side up onto the heavyweight card and went over the outlined edges. Make sure you put too much pressure on the pencil to avoid making an indent into the card! Now, when you lift the tracing paper off you’ll see that it’s left a faint graphite transfer onto the card. As an F.Y.I. – you can use a lightbox (or a makeshift one) to trace directly onto the card but this depends on what thickness of card you go for. Okay, now comes the process of cutting it all out using a very sharp scalpel blade (you may have to change it half way through just to keep the cuts very clean!). Then the stamping fun begins: using a mini blue stamp, I just stamped all over the card (do make sure you had backing paper down first!) as though stamping over a stencil. By the way, you could use that technique where the backing card you stamped on becomes the actual final art. But I used, what is in essence, the ‘stencil’ as the final piece because I felt it gave a cool, edgy ‘graffiti’ look. After this, I backed it up on two panels of 5mm thick card and mounted it into the box frame giving it a raised/relief look…… and bob’s your uncle! Simplicity is really the key approach and it all comes down to how you frame the final piece that makes a considerable difference! So then, why not have a go….? :) xx  BLOG_STRIP babyboy_joshua 3WEB