For anyone who has ever done their own crafting or artwork you know how much more effort it takes to work on a small scale as opposed to a large scale. There is something so special about a tiny little painting. I love miniatures, the precision and attention to detail on something that is only 3 inches large is amazing.
I recently bought three miniature pin and ink sketches from Gordon's in Metairie one of Jackson Square, one of the Streetcar in front of Audubon Park and a third of Lafittes - one of our favorite bars. I framed them in over-sized reclaimed wood frames (also from Gordons) and hung them in our Living/Dining room area.
After looking at the trio for awhile I realized they couldn't really stand alone and that I wanted to add to them. Cue the creative inspiration - I decided that I wanted to do something with this tissue paper I had saved from a present I received from Hazelnut - one of my favorite Magazine Street Interior Design/Home Decor stores. I have lusted for their New Orleans Toile print fabric for YEARS now, and finally decided this was the time to use it.
From one of my Dumpster Diving expeditions I rescued some old Slate that had been torn off of the roof of a house that was being renovated (I cant believe the amazing things people throw away!). Like so many things, I didnt know what I wanted to use it for, but hung onto it because I knew I would need it some day...someday was yesterday...
I decided to cut out the individual "scenes" from the New Orleans Toile Tissue Paper and decoupage it onto the slate to make my own miniatures!
After a good thick base of Modge Podge, I put down the tissue, then Modge Podged right over it and left it to dry for about an hour. Some of my slate had the original nail holes in it, others Zach had to drill a hole for me - which ended up being super easy to do with a simple Masonry bit.
Once the Modge Podge had dried it looked like someone had done pen and ink miniatures on the slate! I was pleasantly surprised at just how clear the images came out! They might have looked better decoupaged onto something with a lighter background but I love that I was able to reuse that old slate for something so wonderful!
You may not have access to gorgeous tissue paper like this, but you can actually print any image onto tissue paper by simply scotch taping tissue paper around regular computer paper and feeding it into a manual printer. I did this for the first time about a month ago for a Project (see large map in below picture) that I have yet to blog about and was really impressed with the results.
I am in love with my original pen and inks and my new Slate renditions - they are all hung together in the living/dining room and have become the start of a great collection of NOLA only art that I will be using to fill that wall! Cant wait to keep collecting!