art. house. mum.
Yes, that's what I didn't do. Take a Before photo.
This artwork was at the end of its life a few months ago. Someone had taken two old framed tapestries to the dump. The Lifeline workers rescued them, put them in their Dump Shop, and one of them was bought. This old girl was left alone and dejected. Twice rejected.
Then along came my visionary friend who saw in her potential (and a cheap frame). She bought her to my studio where we briefly discussed how I should make her into an alphabet painting, and so the journey began.
When I finally got around to starting this project I took a few liberties and tried a few new things. Rather than taking the tapestry away and painting straight onto a board or canvas we decided that I should paint straight over the tapestry... awful, I know, when you think of the hours and hours or work that was put in by some careful crafter... but it had been discarded by its owner...
The tapestry was paint-thirsty and I should have used an undercoat, but thankfully I had just enough of the background colour to do the three or four layers it required. (I just used interior house paint which we had left-over from who-knows-what)
With the tapestry out of the frame and slowly being transformed into a new artwork, I decided that the frame itself needed a bit of new life too. I filled some of the gaps in the corners with PVA glue just for a little extra strength then after a good wipe down gave it a cover of cream spray paint.
Nothing technical or too adventurous, but I've never used spray paint for any of my crafts before (I think that maybe I was just looking for the right excuse...) I can see myself breaking out the spray paint again... very satisfying.
Have you seen an old tapestry at an Op shop recently? Or do you have framed print that you've moved on from? Just a thought...