featuring Graphic 45's Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection
I have had this lamp for a number of years. It was actually "dressed up" using pinks and browns. I got to hating it and stripped it down . Once that was done, I wanted something soft and elegant, yet with some style. I love the edges and body shape, it calls out for very classy paper.
Graphic 45 came to the rescue. I love their paper lines. You can adapt them to so many projects. So, I poured through my stash and found Olde Curiosity Shoppe and the make over began.
The base takes the longest to do. I had to get the paper wet so that it could be molded around the base corners and the round body above. This made a mess, but I was in heaven. I tore the paper into strips and using Claudine Hellmuth's Multi-medium Matte, I started applying the paper, working form the bottom up. Layering as I went, the took shape slowly. After it was all done, I set it aside to dry naturally.
Next up was the lamp shade. Because I wanted this to be a functioning lamp, I left the original shade material in place and layered my paper over the top of that material. The inside of the shade was a creamy beige and worked wonderfully in matching up with the paper. Hopefully, this will prevent the paper from scorching when in use. OF COURSE, I will be using a low end watt bulb. This is going to be an accent piece, not a reading or working lamp.
Almost done - you can see where I folded over the paper along the sides. When each new piece is added, I covered and layered over this fold. than I had the challenge of how I was going to cover the sides. I did not like seeing the paper edges. Mind going at this point while I finished up.
I used 2 different pieces of paper from the collection. I wanted a different look from each side and it allowed me to turn the lampshade around for a different feel.
Now, back to the base. It is dry now and it needed something. Using a few sprigs from Petaloo and one of the metal butterflies form Graphic 45, I added them to the base. The butterfly was put through my Vagabond and embossed using one of Tim Holtz's Sizzix Alterations - Texture Fades #558577. Next, I used Alcohol inks and stained the butterfly with some soft but warm
Almost done. Remember the lamp shade, well I used some ribbons from May Arts to cover the long edges, the top and the base as well. Here is my finished product.
I am almost tempted to do something with the shade to fill in the large sides but sometimes less is more. I love it just the way it is. BTW, the bubble in the lamp shade is the paper not laying down against the cloth beneath. Oh Well...I still love it.
I hope this inspires you to remake a lamp that you may have and hate. This was a fun project and one that I will repeat again. Wonder what papers Graphic 45 will come out with next?......