Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A birthday original

A few months ago I met with a new client who wanted a special gift made for a friend who was turning 60. She brought with her the invitation to his party. On the cover was a photo of the fellow when he was around 9 or 10, dressed in tux and top hat in a dance pose. He is now a record producer and obviously very musically inclined all his life.
What to do was the question. I decided to put him on stage in a shadow box frame which I love to work with.
The background paper is old music sheets which I gessoed and rubber stamped for texture, adding a hint of red. I created an awning out of black paper, with a scissor scalloped the edges and added gold. With fabulous burgundy fabric I made the stage curtains and pull them back with a tiny gold tassel. The letters of his name were hand drawn, carefully cut out with an exacto knife, scored, painted gold and with foam tape made 3 dimensional. I then cut his photo out and mounted it to make it firm and created an easel to stand him up. The billboard is a piece of thin wood, painted gold and mounted on black with an easel at the back to help it stand as well.

This was such fun project to create and my client was extremely pleased with her gift which always make me a happy camper.

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