Thursday, August 18, 2011

Gothic Art, Momma Style

Gothic art, a Medieval art movement that developed in France out of Romanesque art in the mid-12th century, has taken on a revival of sorts, especially in clothing and accessories.  Sometimes misunderstood, goth is usually considered counterculture.  

Well, this is as counterculture as I get -- my version of Gothic artwork, Momma style! 

Using a new Gothic-style paper collection, I chose paper with a black background and bright pink and lime green chandeliers.  Although I wanted to go with lime green accents, I started this project while on vacation with a very limited art supply. [Boogie board trumps craft boxes.]  So I used what I had, and I chose pink, which at least matched the paper. 

This canvas measures 10" wide x 8" tall. I painted the edges pink, and when dry, decoupaged the paper to the canvas, leaving 1/8" border along the sides. Once this dried, I used very little paint and light brush strokes to make the paper look "edgy."   I tried my best to paint outside of the lines, literally and figuratively.

I then cut coordinating card stock measuring 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" and 4" x 6" and decoupaged it to the canvas at an angle. The photo frame will be placed on top of this.

Once home [the vacation flew by way too quickly], I gathered together a variety of coordinating embellishments, and chose those that would enhance the project.

I love ribbon!
Using strong double-sided adhesive, I adhered a 4" x 6" acrylic frame in place.

The I added one of my favorite vacation photos.  The great thing about using an acrylic frame is that you can change the photo whenever you want!  I stapled black & white ribbon to the side of the photo frame, a trio of flowers to the top left corner of the frame, and a single flower at the opposite end.  I used buttons and large brads for the flower centers.

I then added a mini frame, an acrylic key and lock, and two pink photo turns, framing "best buds" which was printed on a transparency. [Hint:  When using transparency, print on rough side of paper so the ink does not smear.]

See the "edgy" pink & black-dotted bead trim? I adhered it to the back bottom of the frame. I love how it dangles from the canvas. I also love the fact that I finally used this trim as I have had it in my stash for over ten years!

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This Gothic-inspired wall canvas is now ready to hang. 
Of course, it doesn't match any room in our least not yet.


  1. love the project, but goth?? maybe a bit punk, i'd say!!! ;)
    just love the acrylic frame idea for changing pics. as for your photo faux pas i'm at a loss, perhaps the chandaliers at the bottom of the paper are upside down?? (but they're correct at the top!!) i don't know, but i had a blast reading this and can't wait to give it a go... in blood reds and velvets!!! ;)

  2. This is soooo cute! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. LOVE the polka dot trim!! What a cute project. :) Thanks for the visit today. :)

  4. Ooh, I love the colors! Thank you for linking up to Mushki Loves.

    Have a great day!

  5. super cute! I think the flower is on backwards:) TFS:)


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