Wednesday, July 6, 2016

All in the Family

Hello and happy summer!

I'm back again with a free standing art piece that I have put together for our Frilly and Funkie All in the Family challenge. Our host for this challenge is Suzanne Czosek. Suzz wants us to create something that was inspired by our family. Whether it is our ancestors, a favorite family memory or family outings, we want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project reflecting your family.

You might already know this about me - our family loves to vacation in Key West.  We go there for a week or two every summer.  This year, we are renting a vacation home for a month and filling it with family and friends.  I was so excited to be able to put these cool new dies from Tim Holtz to such fun use!  This was a total labor of love for me.  

I started with an 8x8" piece of Speciality Stamping Paper.   Using Wendy Vecchi's Ranger Archival Inks, I painted a sunset beach scene with the inks and rubbing alcohol.  This was perfect to build my seaside scene on. 

I did an internet search for Key West vintage travel posters and came up with two fantastic ones.  The Southernmost Point is a true Key West icon and the Green Parrot bar is a place that we have loved for years to hang out and listen to music!

I wanted to mount my piece to make it less flimsy.  I ended up deciding on using a 10x10" piece of chipboard.  It was painted first with white gesso and when dry, painted again with two coats of  Tumbled Glass distress paint.  I chose Tumbled Glass for the significance of the color to Key West.  In Key West the porch ceilings on the old conch houses are painted sky blue.  Architectural historians seem to agree that this tradition dates back to African descendants from the West Indies who believed that spirits or ghosts (called “haints”) could’n't cross water and that by painting their porches some shade of water-color blue, they would confuse the haints and keep them from entering their homes.  As time went by another legend came to be as home owners continued to paint their Key West ceilings blue. The idea was (and for some still is) that blue porch ceilings act as a natural bug repellent because the porch looks like the sky and fools the bugs who obviously won’t build their nests in the sky.

So that's my family memory project.  So happy you stopped by!  Thanks so much.


Pamellia Johnson said...

What a wonderful beach piece Linda, and I just love the memories of family that you chose your inspiration from. Great use of those dies, so much fun. hugs :)

Suzanne C said...

Love! I can't believe how perfect those posters are with your flowers and design! The whole design just says warm tropical vacation. Your family vacations sounds so lovely!

Anita Houston said...

I've never been to Key West. Lucky you! This is super fun and just plain beautiful! LOVE the colors...makes me wish I was there.

Cec said...

This is absolutely gorgeous and makes me want to head south and go straight to the beach. What a perfect place to get together with family. You have created a gorgeous background and the flowers are so summery and tropical.

Nancy Dynes said...

What a fantastic piece of art, Linda! I adore the tropical color palette and florals! The ceilings of our porches in Charleston are painted 'haint' blue for exactly the same reason you stated. I hope you have a wonderful vacation with all the people you love!

Patty O'Malley said...

This is awesome, Linda! Have a wonderful vacation!

Team Clark said...

Your tropical flowers are fantastic! Great design!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

This is sooooo fun! I can feel the beachy breezes blowing and smell the fragrant tropical flowers! The color palette is perfection, and the vintage Key West posters are the crowning touch! What a lot of love went into this. I loved hearing about your family ties to Key West! xo

newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

Beautiful piece of Art you have created the flowers are perfect for the scene as well as the vintage posters . I have visited Key West and it is a beautiful place . Enjoy your vacation .

Jenny Marples said...

Fabulous sunset background Linda and I love the way you've used the tropical dies here. Enjoyed finding out more about Florida too xx

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