Monday, 30 July 2012

Altered Moroccan Frame

I picked up this cool Moroccan Picture frame last week with the idea of altering it.

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It is made from Acacia wood and had a simple white wash applied with a little distressed sanding.

I began by adding lots of different colour washes using Decoart Americana and Traditions acrylic paint. A layer of gesso was added on top of  each colour wash and sanded and scrapped back to reveal some of the layer below. 
The shutter doors I decided would look good rusty as well as the embellishment's…
I know.. I know but I cant help it!! I had to add some rust, I am just totally drawn to its fantastic vibrant colours… I am the same when it comes to Moroccan spices!

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Here are the finished results, you can click the pictures for a larger view.

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I made a box to fit behind the frame opening to fill with a few curiosities.
The picture is of a Moroccan mother and child to which I constructed a driftwood frame around.

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Fibres and lace were attached to back of the driftwood frame,  a heart made from Lutrador and a TH number plaque (rusted obviously:) were attached to the driftwood.

The background of the box was painted with Decoart Crackle texture and some Moroccan postal papers were glued into place.

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This project actually took my much longer than I had planned for but was good fun to do.

 

Andy

12 comments:

  1. It is beautiful, it looks like it's been a treasured family heirloom for generations.

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  2. It's wonderful Andy, so different....... thanks for sharing.....

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  3. Love the effects you have done...Francesca xxx

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  4. Brilliant!! The good news for me is that I picked up an identical frame in a charity shop last week and you've just shown me what to do with it!! Thank you :)

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  5. Love it, all that is missing is a pot of red Geraniums on the window cill!

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  6. Just wonderful! Pieces like this are the reason I'm doing your next course on here and one in Lingfield! The window shutters are amazing. . .
    Julia

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  7. Gorgeous, Andy. The rust is so authentic that in the picture of the piece lying down, it looks almost like one of those rusty old grids in the road! A lovely piece, with such a nice surprise when you open the doors.

    Those spices in the photo are scrumptious, aren't they. Such vibrant colours! I keep coming across the rust/yhellow/orange colour combination at the moment and feel I must start getting away from the pinks and purples that have occupied me so much recently, much as I love them!

    Shoshi

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  8. Whoa, wow this project is stunning, I totaly love it!!! I am truly happy that I found this blog. :)
    Hugs from Slovenia!

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  10. This is so cool! I LOVE it! <3 Candy

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