Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Holiday Wish for You

Plus a 'Layered' Tatted Snowflake

I am FINALLY updating my blog, and I want show off a gift I just received from my very talented sister-in-law, who has taken up the 'new' craft of lettering on a 'chalkboard' canvas.    At Thanksgiving, I immediately noticed an attractive, artistic black-and-white 'sign' she had hung on a wall in her dining room. I thought she had purchased it!  I had no idea she was dabbling in this 'new' art form!  And I certainly didn't know she was planning to make one for me! 

It's actually a throwback to the time in the Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries when fancy lettering and embellishment was the 'norm' on signs or in newspaper advertising as a way to draw customers' attention to a product or announcement.    Although I had been noticing more chalkboards in different shapes and sizes in the craft stores, and was aware that there are special chalk 'paints' to decorate them, I had no idea how popular this art form had become until I recently looked it up on the internet!  

For this sign, she painted a 12" x 12"  white canvas (pre-mounted over a 1" frame) with a special black 'chalkboard effect' paint, and did the beautiful lettering with a white paint pen.   I love it and very much appreciate the talent that went into creating it!  A very special keepsake gift, indeed!   

Layered snowflake
Of course, the canvas is meant to hang on a wall (and is very lightweight), but for the photo I laid it flat as a special background for showing one of my 'newer' snowflakes (tatted about a year ago!), which I 'built up' to a layered effect by adding several embellishments, including a center motif of a metal doodad with tatting around it.  The background snowflake (about 4" across) is done in size 20 pink Cebelia.   

I will explain more about this layered snowflake (which has its own brass ornament stand) and its evolution in my next post (which will be soon!). 

I wanted to get this post in today so that I could 'quickly' update my blog; and I especially wanted to wish you all
A very Merry Christmas and a pleasant Holiday Season! 



Sally Kerson said...

Well I am very impressed at your sister-in-laws talent, just think the writing is superb. Can't wait to hear about your layered tatting too. So pleased you have a blog post today. A very Happy Christmas to you and your family

Margarets designer cards said...

Lovely to see posting again, beautiful writing on the board, and the layered snowflake look forward to reading more about it.
I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas

Jane McLellan said...

I love your layered snowflake, it looks so sumptuous! Happy Christmas.

God's Kid said...

Love the sign!! She did a wonderful job!! :)
Love your "new" snowflake!!! :) Can't wait to learn more about it!!! :)

tattrldy said...

She did an excellent job on the sign! Very, very nice! I'm looking forward to hearing more on the layered snowflake, it looks pretty wonderful, too :-)
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

elizabeth said...

that's very beautiful, the sign, and the layered piece you made!

umi n tsuru said...

Merry Christmas Kathy. That is a lovely sign and a beautiful layered snowflake.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I love your snowflake! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!